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Cave Story 3D Announced For Nintendo 3DS

It's like Cave Story, except with 3D! Oh, you saw that coming? OK, cool.

Games Radar brings word of Cave Story 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, a 3D remake of the original Cave Story that’ll feature new character models and re-imagined areas, as well as new easter eggs, new music, and even some brand new areas to explore. The original creator of the game, Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, is supervising the project, which is certainly in contrast to the original Cave Story. Amaya made that one all by himself.

In publisher NIS America’s eyes, Cave Story 3D is a “fully reconstructed” version of the shooter, made to take advantage of what the 3DS has to offer (namely, depth). 

As you’ll see in the screen below, the Nicalis team behind the project has created a 3D ‘spline’ that maps to the game’s original 2D grid. So, Cave Story 3D is still a 2D game at heart, but the new curves will offer up some different looks at environments, as well as some new ways for you and enemies to traverse them. 
 


== TEASER ==“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 GR in an interview. Cave Story was released in 2004 for the PC. It has since seen re-releases on WiiWare and DSiWare.

“And now, as you said, you’ll see characters are fully 3D. The main character’s really cute -- he’s got a scarf, he’s got this really great hat, and we’ve modeled him, along with the accompanying cast, as well as the enemies. The weapons are in full 3D, all the items, everything you see in the world has this level of depth that you’ll be able to really utilize with the 3DS’s stereoscopics,” Rodriguez said.

NIS isn't talking release date and pricing yet, but as Cave Story 3D is a retail cart release, you can probably expect the pricing to be in line with most other 3DS games. Pixel is also at work on a brand new, original game that's in the pre-production stages as well.  
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Posted by BradNicholson
Games Radar brings word of Cave Story 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, a 3D remake of the original Cave Story that’ll feature new character models and re-imagined areas, as well as new easter eggs, new music, and even some brand new areas to explore. The original creator of the game, Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, is supervising the project, which is certainly in contrast to the original Cave Story. Amaya made that one all by himself.

In publisher NIS America’s eyes, Cave Story 3D is a “fully reconstructed” version of the shooter, made to take advantage of what the 3DS has to offer (namely, depth). 

As you’ll see in the screen below, the Nicalis team behind the project has created a 3D ‘spline’ that maps to the game’s original 2D grid. So, Cave Story 3D is still a 2D game at heart, but the new curves will offer up some different looks at environments, as well as some new ways for you and enemies to traverse them. 
 


== TEASER ==“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 GR in an interview. Cave Story was released in 2004 for the PC. It has since seen re-releases on WiiWare and DSiWare.

“And now, as you said, you’ll see characters are fully 3D. The main character’s really cute -- he’s got a scarf, he’s got this really great hat, and we’ve modeled him, along with the accompanying cast, as well as the enemies. The weapons are in full 3D, all the items, everything you see in the world has this level of depth that you’ll be able to really utilize with the 3DS’s stereoscopics,” Rodriguez said.

NIS isn't talking release date and pricing yet, but as Cave Story 3D is a retail cart release, you can probably expect the pricing to be in line with most other 3DS games. Pixel is also at work on a brand new, original game that's in the pre-production stages as well.  
Posted by MacGeorge

yay 

Posted by Arceion

cool

Posted by max3000

I EXPLODED IN MY PANYS

Posted by Kjellm87

Oh shit yes

Posted by iizcallum

This will be amazing.

Edited by onarum

Sounds good, also it's good the hear Pixel is working on a new game, that guy has talent.
 
edit: I just hope they don't butcher the kickass original music as they did with the wiiware version, if they do then just keep the classic ones as an option.

Posted by Captainlunchbox

So great pixel art is going to be transformed into subpar 3D models for the sake of another 3D port? I would say "fuck this" but I'm pretty sure that's going to be the general consensus.

Posted by tgammet

If that image is any indication, I'm not hopeful.

Edited by IamNOTatalkingpony
@Captainlunchbox said:

" So great pixel art is going to be transformed into subpar 3D models for the sake of another 3D port? I would say "fuck this" but I'm pretty sure that's going to be the 

 

general consensus. "

Now hang on there a second...   
While I realise the image is concept art, I don't think people have to be so cynical. I'm happy the game is getting a remake release. And I'm pretty sure the original creator is going to keep the same level of charm present in the original release.  
Posted by stalefishies

Well this is completely out of the blue. Cave Story is a damn good game so it's good to see it going full retail, but I'd only pick it up if there's more to it than just Cave Story but 3D.

Posted by FreakAche

Well this is a nice surprise.

Posted by IamTerics

I love Cave Story but I dont want to play it with eye strain.

Posted by strangemodule

I have to admit, I would very much want to play this.

Posted by buft

nice, that guy deserves every penny he makes

Posted by Fallen189

It'd be cool if I hadn't played Cave Story on 18,000 other devices.

Posted by Slayeric

I love Cave Story but... again? I'm happy to hear Pixel is making a new game, but I wish his efforts had been focused on a new title a long time ago instead of a third rerelease of a free game I played in '04...

Posted by JackSukeru

I played the PC version a few years back but stopped because my computer back then slowed down significally a bit into the game. I've been thinking of getting the Wiiware version, but if this turns out good I could see myself getting it over the other releases. 
 
I've always liked the design for the main character, mainly because he reminds me of old school anime designs such as Red from pokemon. 

Quote Concept Art
Though I would have prefered it if his scarf was longer, and red.
Posted by RockGrumbler

Odd, I liked cave story for what it was, but it not something I want to have three remakes of. What about a 'sequel' to cave story?

Posted by masterherocard

Ok, so I think people are gonna be split on this.
Either, 
A. They will love it because it's cave story, there's new stuff, and the 3d could be promising, or
B. They will hate it because it no longer is pixel art, which made up a large amount of the original game's charm.
 
Or C. which i can't quite figure out.
Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave it a "Classic" mode anyway.

Posted by AuthenticM

Yeah!

Posted by Krystal_Sackful

I hope you can still have sex with that one Mimiga.

Posted by SuperfluousMoniker

Nice to see Pixel getting another payday from Cave Story, it truly is a fantastic game, but I really hope he's got a new game in the works.

Posted by MisterMouse

cool be cool, but hopefully they dont get too caught up in the 3D-ness and lose an actual good game.

Posted by Dain22
Posted by anon463728

I have thoroughly enjoyed Cave Story, hence my avatar. Don't disappoint me, Nicalis!
Posted by CaptainFish

Games are not improved by simply making them 3d.

Posted by Xpgamer7

Intereste, but I'd like to see a 3D pixel game. 

Posted by Captainlunchbox
@IamNOTatalkingpony:  It's just the whole "ports+3D" thing further annoying me. That concept art is great-looking, don't get me wrong, but it won't look like that. You know Turtles In TIme: Reshelled? It'll probably be closer to that. It'll lose its pixelly charms.
Posted by inknail

Loved Cave Story and it's great to hear that Pixel will be able to make some more money from his fantastic game, but I'm not sure that it needs another new version. I can only hope that the music remixes are better this time around (I'm still in love with the original soundtrack, and it just doesn't sound the same on the Wii).

Posted by Zaft

Well, it appears that I may have to purchase the 3DS after all.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

I wanted to buy this but have been waiting for the DSi release for months.  I guess it's never coming. 
I was going to ask if I should wait for this one or simply download the PC version but it seems most of you here are quite against the switch to 3D.

Posted by ghostNPC

I don't see the point of any of this.  The Wii version doesn't make sense and neither does this.

Posted by Absolute_Zero
@Captainlunchbox: I think Reshelled didn't work because A) that game's mad short with inifinite continues and B) old-school brawlers just aren't very fun anymore. Cave Story 3D (should) retainits enjoyable gameplay, so I don't think these changes will have a negative effect.
Posted by Ulong

Would have held off on the wiiware relased if id known probably. Cave story is perfect for the ds.

Posted by golguin

I'm always down for some Cave Story.

Posted by rottendevice

At a certain point, I'd like to see Pixel try something new. 
 
But it's great if he's had a lot of success on Nintendo platforms, and this looks pretty cool.

Posted by soupbones

I heard on Destructoid that Pixel said he is going to attempt a sequel finally. 
 
Stil have to go back to the Wii version and finish it. Love this game!

Posted by ezdude

Yay and all, but bring it to the freaking consoles! It would be much better there

Posted by niftymcnift

brilliant.... 
if only cave story ds would actually come out on the EU dsiware store... still waiting
Posted by Moofey

Looks nice. I have yet to complete the original cave story but this is something I might be interested in.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

Every DS game title will end with 3D.

Posted by pikeplacer
@golguin said:
"I'm always down for some Cave Story. "
Posted by Th3_James

I hope you can turn the fancy shit off I will buy it to play through if I can toggle the OG visuals and new ones.