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In anticipation of tomorrow's WiiWare release of the ridiculously awesome Pixel platformer, "Cave Story" (aka "Doukutsu Monogatari"), the Wii developer Nicalis has been running a series on their blog featuring fan art and artists. posted by brundlefly (57 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh this game, holy shit. If you really get into it, it's much easier if you own a gamepad. Glad to see it's finding a wider audience.
posted by Electrius at 12:04 PM on March 21, 2010


Cave Story and Spelunky destroyed my free time in 2009. Je ne regrette pas.
posted by Aquaman at 12:13 PM on March 21, 2010


Cave Story is one of the greatest platformers ever made. That is all.
posted by threetoed at 12:13 PM on March 21, 2010


La Mulana is coming to WiiWare too, but there's no release date yet.
posted by demiurge at 12:15 PM on March 21, 2010


I'm going to hold off on getting the Wii version, because if I do buy it, I'm going to throw my Wiimore as hard as I can into my TV after inevitably attempting and horribly failing at the Hell level for ten hours straight.
posted by threetoed at 12:17 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


man, I feel like I've been hearing about this game for forever, except I know nothing about it. I had no idea it was freeware and multiplatform. Now I am going to download it. And then I will play it.
posted by shmegegge at 12:22 PM on March 21, 2010


huh. this is pretty cute.
posted by shmegegge at 12:29 PM on March 21, 2010


I stole a gun from a hermit gunsmith.
posted by shmegegge at 12:32 PM on March 21, 2010


ugh. psp crashed.
posted by shmegegge at 12:33 PM on March 21, 2010


this game is slippery
the music is pretty boss.
posted by shmegegge at 12:33 PM on March 21, 2010


Half (?) of Nicalis is, of course, Nicklas Nygren, aka Nifflas.

He's made some awesome free platform games of his own: Knytt Stories (previously), Knytt (previously), and - my personal favourite - Within a Deep Forest. All of them are fully recommended.

(There's also Saira, but I've not played that yet. It's not free [boo], but on Steam [yay].)
posted by smcg at 12:34 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


who are these people in the cutscenes?
posted by shmegegge at 12:38 PM on March 21, 2010


It becomes clear as it goes on, schmegegge.
posted by brundlefly at 12:39 PM on March 21, 2010


oh! little... snake people? can I shoot them?
posted by shmegegge at 12:43 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


no, I cannot.
posted by shmegegge at 12:43 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


No shit? Cave Story is coming out for WiiWare? Man, if you've never played this game, PLAY IT. It's easily the best independent platformer ever made. It rivals SMB3, it's that good. I've never been able to beat the final boss, though, but I'll give it another try on WiiWare.

There are also versions for PSP and Nintendo DS if I remember correctly. I've played the PSP one.
posted by DecemberBoy at 1:21 PM on March 21, 2010


At this point, I expect, nay require, shmegegge to use this thread as a liveblog of a complete playthrough of Cave Story. TIA
posted by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on March 21, 2010 [5 favorites]


for god's sake, get the tow rope, and be spared the sobbing, crying and despondence I experienced my first time through the game. I just mentioned this the other day in the game-music thread.
posted by exlotuseater at 1:39 PM on March 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


for god's sake, get the tow rope, and be spared the sobbing, crying and despondence I experienced my first time through the game.

THIS, THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES THIS
posted by threetoed at 1:56 PM on March 21, 2010


Seconded. Get the tow rope. What happens if you don't WILL make you sad.
posted by DecemberBoy at 1:59 PM on March 21, 2010


(Which is one reason this game is so awesome - you actually develop a connection to these characters that are really just little blobs of pixels)
posted by DecemberBoy at 2:00 PM on March 21, 2010


I think the best thing about the Wii is that, once you get past the novelty of the motion detection stuff, it's basically just a souped up NES. It's not so much tailored for "casual gamers" as it is for old-school ones: Bricky puzzle games, sidescrolling platformers, and fighty button-mashers abound. (Let's just not mention the other 90%, the cutesy kiddie crap that lines the walls of every brick-and-mortar retailer, m'kay?)

I think, since they introduced the Virtual Console, Nintendo has steadily been moving in the right direction: Backwards.

I am going to buy Cave Story, and I am going to play the hell out of it.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:40 PM on March 21, 2010 [5 favorites]


I agree Sys Rq. In the same vein, I just got Boom Blox and it is awesome.
posted by brundlefly at 3:01 PM on March 21, 2010


*rubs eyes*

uh... what time is it? I've been... playing this game... seems like days...
posted by shmegegge at 3:11 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


The lunchbox said Huzzah!
posted by shmegegge at 3:48 PM on March 21, 2010


Speaking of Nifflas and WiiWare, don't forget about NightSky, which Nintendo is now saying will be out in Q4 2010.
posted by sleeping bear at 3:50 PM on March 21, 2010


oh, he's a bad lunchbox.
posted by shmegegge at 3:53 PM on March 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


correction: WAS a bad lunchbox.
posted by shmegegge at 3:54 PM on March 21, 2010


Lunchbox? I always figured he was a toaster.
posted by brundlefly at 3:55 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


fuck yeah, key to arthur's house! who owns you? I own you.
posted by shmegegge at 4:07 PM on March 21, 2010


Lunchbox? I always figured he was a toaster.

no. clearly a lunchbox.
posted by shmegegge at 4:07 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm enjoying your running commentary, shmegegge!

If anybody else reading this hasn't played the game, please, DO SO BEFORE READING FURTHER. This is a game that can be spoiled and, while I trust MetaFilter more than a lot of the internet, I'd hate to see the game's unexpected twists unveiled prematurely for people who haven't encountered them yet.
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 4:12 PM on March 21, 2010


ha. this room's called Cthulhu's Abode.
posted by shmegegge at 4:13 PM on March 21, 2010


YOU ARE A VERY BAD BUNNY RABBIT!
posted by shmegegge at 4:37 PM on March 21, 2010


I think the best thing about the Wii is that, once you get past the novelty of the motion detection stuff, it's basically just a souped up NES. It's not so much tailored for "casual gamers" as it is for old-school ones: Bricky puzzle games, sidescrolling platformers, and fighty button-mashers abound. (Let's just not mention the other 90%, the cutesy kiddie crap that lines the walls of every brick-and-mortar retailer, m'kay?)

I think, since they introduced the Virtual Console, Nintendo has steadily been moving in the right direction: Backwards.


Yes, this is correct. Exactly correct. And just wait until Super Meat Boy hits ... (yes, it's on Xbox Live, too, but good luck playing it on that d-pad.)
posted by Amanojaku at 5:03 PM on March 21, 2010


Basically one of the best video games ever made, and absolutely mind-boggling when you consider that it was made by one dude by himself

Rad art also!
posted by Damn That Television at 6:19 PM on March 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I heard about this game probably almost a year ago, but heard that there would be a Wii version at the same time and thought it would be better on a big TV with a game pad. So I waited and waited, and it got delayed and delayed. I almost broke, but it looks like I made it.
posted by ignignokt at 7:13 PM on March 21, 2010


whew! back. got distracted by booze. anyway where was I. oh yes.

And so, having disposed of the bad bunny rabbit, exit our hero through the teleporter, stage left.
posted by shmegegge at 9:51 PM on March 21, 2010


ok, so why can't I level up past level 3, yet?

the answer better be adorable.
posted by shmegegge at 9:52 PM on March 21, 2010


As I recall, each weapon only has three levels. There are plenty of weapons though.

Also: kittens.
posted by brundlefly at 9:57 PM on March 21, 2010


ah, I can level up other weapons. good.
posted by shmegegge at 10:02 PM on March 21, 2010


FIREBALL! SUCK MAGMA DEATH WEIRD THINGIES!
posted by shmegegge at 10:02 PM on March 21, 2010


THE LUNCHBOX IS BACK! HUZZAH!
posted by shmegegge at 10:17 PM on March 21, 2010


The Lunchbox might actually be my favorite part of this game. Hard to say, though. There are a lot of things to like.

I'm really curious to see how well this works on the Wii. The PC version's chunky graphics and sound were a big part of its style, and moving from one platform to another can affect a game in unexpected ways. This version's supposed to have a variety of little extra additions, too. I'm eager to play it!
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 10:58 PM on March 21, 2010


I'M A GOOD PERSON.
posted by shmegegge at 6:31 AM on March 22, 2010


Gah! You are a very bad fire breathing giant frog!
posted by shmegegge at 6:58 AM on March 22, 2010


A trick: If you run forward while firing the fireball gun, all the fireballs roll together in a lump, making them one huge firey ball of death that will kill anything instantly, except a boss.
posted by shmegegge at 7:49 AM on March 22, 2010


I hate to do that thing people do in reviews, where they say "it's like [thing x] meets [thing y]." I think it's reductive, and if the game is good, then there's more to it than a simple x+y mind meld. However, I need to say that I'm getting a strong "Metroid meets Earthbound" vibe from this game. And I mention that because they're not two things that necessarily go together, except that this game has done a remarkable job of combining the gameplay of Metroid with the tone and quirkiness of Earthbound. It's a pretty mean feat, and this game is all sorts of awesome.

also, I haz Charcoal, Jelly and Gum Base now. Watch out rusty doors.
posted by shmegegge at 7:52 AM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


(Which is one reason this game is so awesome - you actually develop a connection to these characters that are really just little blobs of pixels)

Some of my best friends are little blobs of pixels.

The rest are 3d avatars in Outside, that old game which got lukewarm reviews, but which some friends and I really like!
posted by ersatz at 9:07 AM on March 22, 2010


Just fired up the game on my Wii.. it's looking great! I especially like that you can choose to use original music OR original graphics, or new versions of each, separately. So if you want the new graphics with the old music, you can do that. Mix and match! Plus there is no better control than the good ol' Nintendo pad. Wow I'm in love.. if you have a Wii, pick this up! Lots of extra modes too.
posted by ReeMonster at 12:30 PM on March 22, 2010


On the other hand, Gideon Zhi's localization has so much more charm and nuance. The sentence-construction in the Wii version ranges from unexceptional to awful. It's just more evidence of the truth that Cave Story embodied in the first place: that the stuff people make out of love and give away for free have a capacity for greatness unmatched by mere merchandise.
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 7:16 PM on March 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


***SPOILER ALERT***

I'm a robot!
posted by shmegegge at 9:10 PM on March 22, 2010


Jesus shit the sand zone is joke.
posted by shmegegge at 9:53 PM on March 22, 2010


Oh that's clever as he'll. Nice hidden save point. Bravo, Cave Story dude. Bravo.
posted by shmegegge at 9:57 PM on March 22, 2010


Hell. Clever as hell. Fucking iPhone autocorrect.
posted by shmegegge at 9:58 PM on March 22, 2010


Okay, actually, the dogs are my favorite part. Check each one out in your inventory!

Latest Cave Story Wii problems: the map screen shows a corrupted image in certain areas every time I use it. This is hardly game-breaking, but it seems like the sort of thing a year and a half of quality testing should have taken care of.
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 11:46 PM on March 22, 2010


Ok I just did nothing but play this game for the past two days.
I deliberately didn't read this thread first, because of spoiler fear, and...I did not get a tow rope. Oh god. It was when I noticed that

+++++spoilers++++++











I think I was actually firing her GHOST out of the Blade, that I totally lost it. Also I don't have a couple of the guns and I don't think I am ever going to be able to beat the final boss but I am going to keep trying till I either do it, or keel over, because damnit I have to save these little mouse robot human rabbit...things.

Also...did that one mouse robot human rabbit thing say "Doctor Dumb can go screw himself"? God I love this game.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:55 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


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