Cave Story 3D

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Earlier this year porting company and publisher Nicalis announced that it would be bringing the definitive version of Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's cult classic platformer Cave Story to Nintendo Switch. This recent edition launched last month in North America with some new features like extra stages, new items, and a planned local co-op mode to be added later this summer. However, some diehard Cave Story fans, like our friends over at USgamer, considered this Switch release to be a step back from the PC version of Cave Story+ that allowed players to switch between the game's updated graphics and its original "classic" aesthetic.

Cave Story will finally reach the European 3DS eShop in May

This definitive version is also coming to Australia.

Japanese indie adventure Cave Story has seen a lot of iterations over the years with relatively straight ports on WiiWare and DSiWare, a full 3D remake on 3DS, and a spruced up Steam release with extra content called Cave Story+. This final - and arguably definitive - rendition of Cave Story was released on 3DS in North America way back in October 2012, but its European version has been MIA for a year and a half. Now, publisher Nicalis has revealed on Twitter that the long delayed product will reach European shores on 1st May.

Cave Story+ coming to 3DS eShop

Original version of indie classic gets 3D visuals, new content.

The recent Steam version of classic indie platformer Cave Story is coming to the 3DS' eShop, publisher Nicalis has revealed.

Cave Story DSiWare delay explained

Publisher plans to re-submit this month.

More than a year after it was released in the US and Japan, there's still no sign of a European release for the DSiWare port of revered indie platformer Cave Story.

Cave Story 3D Review

Cave Story 3D Review

Chunky spelunkin'.

It took five years of work before Daisuke 'Pixel' Amaya, the sole creator of the original Cave Story, released the game as PC freeware in late 2004. It's an indie darling, a touchstone that seems to find a new audience every year, and 2010 saw its first (slightly enhanced) ports to DSiWare and WiiWare. Cave Story 3D isn't a port, though it is largely the original game: this has been visually rebuilt for 3DS, in some places expanded and in some places tweaked.

The new aesthetic comes down to taste, because the original's retro sprites still look fantastic. Cave Story 3D adds detail and depth, reimagining the characters and world in a much more rounded and solid state. It's like a chibi pop-up book, with the 3D effects used for emphasising level furniture or one-off twists - and it looks wonderful, both faithful and surprising. Certain landscapes have been reworked entirely, while favourite moments like ascending the Island's outer wall look even more breathtaking with added texture.

The audio's also been remixed, which is even more treacherous ground: the original chiptunes are amazing, with an infectious verve that recalls the very best of NES-era soundtracks (*cough* Capcom *cough*). The remix composers know what side their bread's buttered: this production sticks to layering the tunes, allowing itself an occasional flourish but keeping tightly to the original line. Updating a classic isn't easy, but aesthetically speaking Cave Story 3D hits just the right balance between homage and upgrade.

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Cave Story 3D release date announced

Cave Story 3D release date announced

First gameplay screens shown.

The 3DS revamp of cult indie platformer Cave Story tunnels its way into European stores this September, publisher NIS has announced.

US gamers will get the game first, with a 9th August release date confirmed there.

It's the same basic game as you might have played as a free PC download or upscaled WiiWare title, though with new 3D visuals (which you can inspect below) and a remixed soundtrack.

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Cave Story 3DS confirmed for Europe

The 3DS version of side-scrolling platform adventure game Cave Story arrives in Europe in this summer, NIS America has announced.

The game's visuals have been completely overhauled for Nintendo's new glasses-free 3D handheld.

Created single-handedly by Japanese DIY developer Daisuke 'Pixel' Amaya, Cave Story first launched on PC back in 2004, with an updated WiiWare version following last year, winning 9/10 from Eurogamer.

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Cave Story 3DS gets US date

Cult indie platformer out in June.

The 3DS version of acclaimed indie platformer Cave Story arrives in US stores on 28th June, according to a Siliconera report.

Cave Story 3DS announced

Cave Story 3DS announced

Plus "very good chance" of Cave Story 2.

PC and WiiWare indie darling Cave Story will be re-imagined for 3DS.

The new game will be boxed for shops, and the major difference belongs to the presentation - Cave Story is going to the digital barbers. There will be new art and designs for characters and environments, introducing 3D depth, dynamic lighting and crucial snazziness.

"We've gone to a level of detail that probably is unheard of compared to what we did for the original WiiWare version," producer Tyrone Rodriguez told GamesRadar.

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