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Cave Story 3D Announced
« on: February 10, 2011, 07:13:59 PM »

NIS America will be publishing the Pixel and Nicalis-developed 3DS game. UPDATED with video.

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/25316

Cave Story, the critically-acclaimed indie title, will be coming to Nintendo 3DS, NIS America announced at a press event today. Cave Story, a Metroidvania-style game, was originally developed in 2004 by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya as freeware for the PC and received a large cult following. Nicalis remade and published the game on WiiWare and DSiWare last year.

The game, though based on the original sprite-based version, uses fully rendered 3D models, including stereoscopic effects. Beautifully painted concept art versions of the original levels have been converted into 2.5D, and linear corridors are mapped onto curves.

NISA hinted at the game earlier in the week in a picture of their mascot Prinny (a penguin-like race from their Disgaea series of games) sporting signature garb and the Polar Star gun from Cave Story's main character, Quote.

Cave Story 3D is expected to release this summer. Check the gallery for concept art.

We had a chance to chat with Daisuke Amaya and Nicalis at the event, so stay tuned for more information, as well as an interview!

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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011, 08:24:56 PM »
I've realized that Cave Story is a game that I'm going to replay for a long time. I have it for the Wii and DSi and I like them both. It would be cool if they allowed for data to be shared between the systems. I'm happy to play any version. The concept art looks great, I'm excited for this!
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011, 08:47:32 PM »
Looks like they're really trying to squeeze every penny out of this game that they can.

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Metroidvania is not a style of game, it is a Castlevania game with exploratory elements similar to a Metroid game.

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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 09:06:06 PM »
Metroidvania implies a combination of elements from both series, including the light RPG mechanics of Igarashi's Castlevania games. So, it fits Cave Story quite well.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 09:08:58 PM »
I was going to buy the DSiWare version; I'm glad I waited.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 09:11:24 PM »
Metroidvania implies a combination of elements from both series, including the light RPG mechanics of Igarashi's Castlevania games. So, it fits Cave Story quite well.
I've never heard it used in such a way outside of this site. If that's what it's trying to get across, there are more specific words that would do a better, less confusing job.


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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2011, 10:50:20 AM »
The simple fact that www.metroidvania.com is owned by Jeremy Parish should lend credence to its validity.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011, 11:33:51 AM »
Maybe I'm crazy, but Metroidvania conveys a very distinct style of game that I also happen to love.

How else would you describe the genre and have it be easier to say/write than Metroidvania?
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2011, 01:56:15 PM »
Just because some people use it doesn't make it an actual name for a subgenre, just like how “party” is not a genre. At the least, as with any comparison, it's always a good idea to pair it with the real genre name/description (example: side-scrolling exploration with light RPG elements, like Metriodvania). But that's just my view, of course.

How else would you describe the genre and have it be easier to say/write than Metroidvania?
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 03:02:50 PM »
Writing isn't about being easy, it is about being clear.

I think everyone knew exactly what he meant (including you).  Can't get much clearer than that!
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2011, 03:05:29 PM »
Metroid and Castlevania both have a lot of different elements, so if I hadn't already played Cave Story, I wouldn't know which ones it contains. I actually think it's very much like Metroid and practically nothing like Castlevania.

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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 03:45:21 PM »
Enough of this. Back to Cave Story 3D. I just added a video of the reveal, including a teaser trailer and some 3D level modeling.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2011, 04:07:44 PM »
This is proably not the right thread to discuss this, and I don't want to be nit picky but I'm going to have to agree with Mop It Up here.  I know it sounds absurd but some people may not have played either of those games so metroidvania doesn't really mean much.

I for instance I tried, but could never get into either of those games (perhaps too moody for my taste).  While in theory I would like the game play, tainting it with metroid or castlevainia would kind of turn me off to it, so perhaps being more descriptive on what the game is about could help, but this is not a review column so I guess I should even worry about it.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2011, 09:19:11 AM »
There's a WiiWare demo. Go play it. We also have reviews of both the WiiWare and DSiWare versions.
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2011, 01:07:40 PM »
As an ardent worshipper of the side-scrolling action/adventure sub-genre (known in some informal circles as "Metroidvania", since Metroid and Castlevania pioneered that gameplay style), I boldly proclaim "DO WANT!"
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Re: Cave Story 3D Announced
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2011, 03:09:44 AM »
As a Metroidvania fan I'm saying WANT. Metroidvania is a level design philosophy, RPG elements and such are inconsequential to it.