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Cave Story WiiWare review

An underground platformer classic arrives on WiiWare

There's a good chance Cave Story is the best platformer you've never played - a sprawling, retro-inspired, side-scrolling adventure presented in a beautiful, pixel-art style. It's taken an absolute age to find its way to WiiWare, given that the US version arrived in March.

Cave Story's plot revolves around the Mimiga tribe, who are slowly being turned mad by a spreading glut of strange red flowers. Conspiracy abounds as the characters you encounter face off with one another, betraying and redeeming and charming using only their dialogue and the handfuls of pixels and frames at their disposal. It's a teeny sprite-based drama you'll want to see through to the end.

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Defeating enemies drops experience points, which level up and improve your weapons. Health and missile containers can be collected while trinkets and discoverable items litter the game world. A mix of hub areas and more traditional, enemy-infested platform levels keep the pace varied, with drips of plot and increased abilities your reward for progressing.

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Basic controls that feel at home on the Classic Controller or Wii Remote cement the feel of a superbly polished and adapted game. Throw in catchy tunes easily on par with anything Nintendo has created and you're looking at a platform adventure that stands among the greats.

This WiiWare version includes a few new game modes and a new playable character. It also subtly enhances the visuals and remixes the original soundtrack. Cost is the only kicker: at 1000 points it's more expensive than the PC version, which is... well, free. But Cave Story always felt worth shelling out for anyway.

This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the January issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis and screenshots, look out for the mag when it goes on sale on 23 December.

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  1. nintengeek Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:05

    inb4masamune

  2. piccadillio Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:08

    I'm glad this is finally out, though I think Nicalis have dragged their feet a little too much and the little hype they had built up has subsided. Still, it's a great game on PC, so I hope it does okay. I'm going to wait on the DSi version, because handheld Cave Story would be awesome. Fingers crossed!

  3. Brid Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:20

    inb4masamune

    He still not here yet?!?!

    Anyway glad this is out, even if I only just got interested in the game a little while ago. Still steep price, do you think the extra features and control method are worth it?

  4. ploiper Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:33

    only played about 5 mins of the demo so far, seems to be pretty good, will play the demo more before decideing if it should get it.

  5. gamester Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:46

    I got the game as soon as I could and I've just played through it with it's new graphic and music settings and it's really awesome. I didn't even think about the demo I just got it.

  6. Eternal Darkness Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 14:51

    It's not 1200 points, it's 1000. Well it is in EU.

    I've played the Freeware version a lot, but I didn't mind paying for this. It really is a brilliant game.

  7. SoulSilver IV Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 15:04

    I'd rather wait for the DSiWare version (so basically another year then).

  8. xevilpunkx Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 15:31

    I'm so glad it's finally being released in Europe. I bought Wii points for this game a long time ago, and I will download it as soon as I get home (which is only tomorrow evening :()

    Personally I think the negative point in the review isn't really fair, I gladly pay for a game of this standard (if I may believe all the good things I read about this game), no matter if it's available for free for PC (I don't like playing games on PC anyway) Pixel really deserves some recognition for this! And that little bit of money is a good way to show your appreciation :wink:

  9. masamune Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 15:39

    inb4masamune

    He still not here yet?!?!

    Hey, I was in school. ;-; Oh, and Cave Story was released on US' WiiWare on March 22nd 2010. March 22nd 2010 is 6/7 months, not a year.

    Cave Story is easily one of my favourite games of all time, ranking above all but Final Fantasy IX and the Kingdom Hearts series, and I'm absolutely over-joyed that this has made its way to a console. The price is absolutely worth it - I've always felt Pixel deserved something for his work and I'm more than happy that this version is commercial rather than freeware since Pixel will actually get something from the five years he spent on it, but I know that all Pixel really values is that people have enjoyed the game.

    All in all, Cave Story is a fantastic adventure that MUST be experienced by everybody - it has completely destroyed every single Nintendo developed game I have ever played, which should put it in perspective for some of you with a more singular view.

  10. SuperLuigiBros Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 15:40

    I may well get this...

  11. jimbob555 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 15:51

    Anyone here played the PC version with a xbox controller? What is it like?

  12. MrChewtoy Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:03

    I will be getting, but DKCR is still the main game at the moment for me. I'll donwload the demo first though, while I wait until I have enough points.

  13. tomutwit Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:20

    WHAAAAAT? PC VERSION IS FREE? Or do you mean like the difference between Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy?

  14. BlueLink3411 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:21

    OK, where can I get meself some Wii points? I've been persuaded by this, World Of Goo and BIT.TRIP Runner to get some downloads!!

  15. tomutwit Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:23

    I will be getting, but DKCR is still the main game at the moment for me. I'll donwload the demo first though, while I wait until I have enough points.


    Demo? YES! Time to put Runner and the Fate Demo on the SD... Oh and whats better do you think this vs Hydroventure?
    Hmmm...
    Ill buy 1000 pts, so ill have 1200...

  16. tomutwit Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:27

    I'd rather wait for the DSiWare version (so basically another year then).


    WHAAAT... Ive gotta do some research...
    (Realises everyone doesnt like Tripleposters)
    KK BYE

  17. Zenuous Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 16:29

    WHAAAAAT? PC VERSION IS FREE? Or do you mean like the difference between Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy?

    The PC version is the original, the Wiiware version has updated features such as better grpahics and sound.

  18. GloverMist Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 17:35

    I've played some of the PC version and it's a great game! :D Highly recommended (but you probably won't listen to me!)

  19. Toman Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 17:42

    So, THIS is the game that masamune practically worships...now it all makes sense.

  20. shad177 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 18:20

    I'm glad this is finally out, though I think Nicalis have dragged their feet a little too much and the little hype they had built up has subsided.


    I understand why it took so long, they wanted to iron the glitches from the US release before the brought it out in Europe, then PEGI took ages to rate it and then the German ratings board took ages, not to mention they probably had to translate the surprisingly large amount of text in the game.

    But yeah, this is one of my favourite games.
    Buy it.

  21. Ranedogg Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 18:35

    also, one of the few current gen games that i have stayed with until the end. yes, i am a core gamer, and by that i mean that my core values lie in the core of what gaming is, FUN. nothing more. yes i tae pride in my classic heroes that still shine on thanks to Nintendo and their trusted developement houses so, it must come as a shock to say that i would gladly put cave story at the top of some of even the most iconic characters in the world including mario. this game is literally THAT GOOD. do not miss it, as it will surely not dissapoint. the platforming is top notch, and the control's are ironed out so well that it feels more like a sequel to the original than the original itself. the exploration is best summed up by saying it's mario platforming standing on the shoulders of metroid exploration. and the story is a very intense mix of action, humor and dark drama.

  22. noodle link Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 18:37

    'Bout time. Next time I get my hands on some points I'll be getting this.

  23. K2000 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 20:15

    Does anyone know(Looks at Shad177 and masamune) when the DSi version is out?

  24. Zenuous Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 20:17

    Quote has to be one of my most favourite video game characters ever. I love that little guy.

  25. SuperMarioFan886 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 21:02

    This should have got MUCH higher :/

  26. shad177 Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 21:12

    Quote has to be one of my most favourite video game characters ever. I love that little guy.


    Spoilers.

  27. imbusydoctorwho Friday 10th Dec 2010 at 22:33

    I tried the demo it was brilliant.
    Going to download it on Christmas day. :D

  28. masamune Saturday 11th Dec 2010 at 00:31

    Does anyone know(Looks at Shad177 and masamune) when the DSi version is out?

    Nicalis haven't said anything yet. You could try pestering their Twitter, they're surprisingly responsive.

    This should have got MUCH higher :/


    To be honest, 90% is around the score I expected it to get. In my eyes it deserves much higher, but you can't expect it to appeal to everyone given the style it's designed in - I know several people who refuse point blank to play 2D games on consoles. Plus, the fact that it now costs £7 more is naturally going to put some people off.

  29. Zenuous Saturday 11th Dec 2010 at 10:41

    Quote has to be one of my most favourite video game characters ever. I love that little guy.


    Spoilers.

    What spoilers?

  30. shad177 Saturday 11th Dec 2010 at 13:37

    The characters name isnt revealed until right near the end of the game.

  31. Zenuous Saturday 11th Dec 2010 at 14:48

    What? I knew the characters name before I had even started playing the game.

  32. Guwuh Saturday 11th Dec 2010 at 16:11

    That doesn't change the fact you're not supposed to. Lots of people won't know.

    It's small spoilers but spoilers nonetheless.

  33. Zenuous Sunday 12th Dec 2010 at 04:34

    Well woops, I'm so sorry.

  34. The_Legend_not Sunday 12th Dec 2010 at 11:36

    the least that they could do is make it cheaper cos' this game is really good so i think people are going to be like nah to expensive.

  35. NintendoFan14 Sunday 12th Dec 2010 at 14:56

    Downloaded it today :D It's awesome and fully deserves 91%
    Cave Story FTW :3

  36. super yoshifan Sunday 12th Dec 2010 at 16:03

    I've downloaded the demo and I now really want the game.

  37. divit Tuesday 14th Dec 2010 at 19:55

    Why do so many people think £7 is expensive?

  38. The_Legend_not Tuesday 21st Dec 2010 at 20:52

    Why do so many people think £7 is expensive?

    Because it a a wiiware game these kind of games HAVE to be cheaper

  39. Mart2006 Monday 27th Dec 2010 at 14:32

    I just downloaded the PC version of this - but it's in Japanese. If I can get some sort of patch, and I enjoy the game, then I'll definitely invest in the WiiWare version.

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