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Cave Story 3D - Nintendo 3DS

by NIS America
Nintendo 3DS
Everyone 10+
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews) 82 / 100

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  • Cave Story 3D is a side scrolling shooter in a 3D environment.
  • The player must survive against a variety of enemies and environmental hazards.
  • Later in the game, many challenges are derived from navigating through these hazards with limited flight ability.
  • Levels are often not strictly linear.
  • Gameplay is a combination of high-speed shooting/action scenes, platforming, exploration and light puzzle solving.

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004TMGZ72
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,989 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Having received tremendous acclaim in its previous releases on PC and WiiWare, Cave Story, an indie side scrolling 2D action game, now makes its way into an all new dimension with Cave Story 3D for Nintendo 3DS. At once both a throwback to classic 2D action platformers and also the potential future of the genre, Cave Story 3D blends tight controls, superb level design, and excellent story and presentation to deliver a memorable, addicting retro experience!

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Cave Story 3D embodies the unmistakable Cave Story feel in a new 3-dimensional form. The legendary game mechanics have been combined with cutting-edge handheld graphics and a remixed soundtrack to give it new life!

This item includes Cave Story 3D for the Nintendo 3DS"!.

Cave Story 3D is a side scrolling action adventure game inspired by the fan-favorite 2D original. Now in a full 3D world, Cave Story takes the proven 2D action, exploration into stereoscopic awesomeness. You wake up in a cave with no idea who you are or where you came from, but you know you must help a cute race of rabbit-like creatures beat the crap out of some crusty old doctor.

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Game Features

  • Simple yet intuitive game design packed with action adventure. Search for hidden weapons and power them up by collecting power-up crystals!
  • Attractive character designs combined with beautiful 3D environments.
  • Engaging storytelling that makes you want to play more and see more!
  • Newly added contents such as mysterious items and passages have been hidden throughout the game.

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Cave Story 3D is a side scrolling action adventure game inspired by the fan-favorite 2D original. Now in a full 3D world, Cave Story translates proven 2D action and exploration into stereoscopic awesomeness. As the game opens, you wake up in a cave with no idea who you are or where you came from; all you know is there's a race of cute race of rabbit-like creatures who need you to help free them from the clutches of an evil, crusty old doctor.

As you advance through the game, you'll learn the origin of the Mimiga world, along with your own. Like the critically acclaimed Pixel masterpiece, Cave Story 3D is a combination of high-speed shooting action set pieces with a heavy emphasis on platforming, exploration, light puzzle solving and a deep storyline.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
[This review is largely focused on this new remake and the changes it brings. Details on the gameplay and plot are at a minimum. In my opinion, the less you know about Cave Story before you play it, the better.]

Cave Story is, hands down, my most loved game. The story, the gameplay, the music, the art--it all comes together to create a beautiful whole that is unlike anything else. Just that alone would have been amazing but then you realize it was made by ONE man and it becomes some sort of miracle and/or a work of a genius. Cave Story is perfect, and that's why this remake scared me so badly.

The very first screenshot was released and I wanted to barf. What had they done to my beloved Cave Story!? It looked like a terrible PS or N64 game and continued to look just as bad right up to release day. It was Cave Story though, so I HAD to buy it...and I'm glad I did.

I popped the cart into my 3DS and started to play. My very first impressions were the same as my views on the screenshots...but then I flipped the 3D on and the game came to life. This is, by far, the best 3D on the system. Every other game I have I only use the 3D for a few minutes at a time before turning it off again but, with Cave Story, I leave it on for the entire time. The sense of depth is second to none and, really, no matter how hard I try to describe it you just have to experience it for yourself to truly understand.

I can, however, describe the scenery for you. The original Cave Story--while beautiful--looks almost empty in some levels compared to the massive amounts of detail found in this remake. Where once there was a background of mostly one solid color, there is broken machinery and dripping pipes. What was once a randomly floating platform is now a fully constructed statue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Game November 27, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Good:

+Simple and addictive gameplay
+Actually quite a lengthy quest
+The graphical update is good
+Provides a very balanced challenge

The Bad

-There are already several other versions of the game readily available for cheap and it's hard to justify the purchase of this one just for 3D and revamped graphics alone

Cave Story is easily one of the finest achievements in Indie Gaming. Beginning as a freeware game developed by a single person, Cave Story eventually went on to be a cult success and seeing actual releases. There was the freeware game, a PSP version, one released on DSiWare and Wii Ware and there's also a version on Steam Available. With so many places to find the actual game itself, one has to wonder if the 3DS version is really worth the purchase. And in some ways it's nice. But then again... it's hard to justify the forty dollar price tag. But more on that later. If you haven't played Cave Story, it is a game worth experiencing. It's solid fun and the adventure actually last a while.

You play as a character who pretty much just wakes up in a cave. You don't really know how you got there or anything like that. But as you begin exploring you'll soon find a gun to help you in your travels. It's not long before you stumble into a village where rabbit like creatures keep finding themselves taken by a strange doctor. And it's up to you to get to the bottom of it. There's actually a lot of story to Cave Story. Nothing too big or surprising, but it's a charming game nonetheless.

Cave Story most certainly follows the feel of the Metroid series in some ways. You'll begin with just a pea shooter, but you'll find other items such as fireballs and missiles and much more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Cave Story in all its incarnations has been an excellent product. I first played through it when the english translation patch was released many years ago for PC. I played it all the way through again when it hit the DSi store. This is the third time I've played the product and by large, the experience remains the same. Solid platforming mechanics with fantastic level design and player progression. Anyone who enjoys the gameplay styles of classic Metroid or Castlevania will feel right at home with Cave Story.

Gameplay aside, I have run into a few small issues with the 3DS version of the game.

1.) 3D Depth falls apart in certain limited areas in the game. Developers are still coming to terms with how to develop camera systems that work well with stereoscopic displays. One of the issues I have encountered on a number of 3DS titles is that the developers allow the 3D assets to get too close to the camera causing the images to tear/separate further apart than the eye can compensate for which is one of the primary causes of eye strain with stereoscopic images. Adjusting the 3DS' depth slider does little to alleviate this issue. There's a simple fix that can prevent this from happening which is to set an optimal camera plane distance, and to not allowed 3D assets to clip beyond this plane. If you can't implement this, then have items nearest the camera fade out so they don't break the ideal plane. Ocarina of Time and Skylanders Sypro's Adventure both do not exhibit this issue and should be used as reference for future developers working with stereoscopic images.

2.) Sometimes the graphic fidelity seems to take precedence over readability of the environment. What does this mean?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave Story is great!
I never had played cave story before this game, and I can say that this game is amazing! The 3D graphics are great, and the story has a great plot(other than the death of 2 of my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by IceyArtist
3.0 out of 5 stars Why
the hell is this 99 dollars. you can get it for 24-40 at gamestop. this is some bull man, i'll tell ya.
Published 5 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent plunge into the Metroidvania genre with a cool...
I am really enjoying this game because I love the exploration aspect of Metroidvania games, along with the uniqueness of setting the game up as a 2D sidescroller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by scifihorrorgamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I always loved Cave Story and this new addition makes it seem even more life-like. also i like the classic mode if you are felling more like playing a classic game of cave story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by James davis
5.0 out of 5 stars 2D sidescroller and compelling story make this a buy!
Game is awesome. Hard to justify the high price point, but if you can find this for $30 or under it is a solid buy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Andy from Outer Space
4.0 out of 5 stars Cave Story 3D - Nintendo 3DS
I honesly don't know too much abut video games but my son wanted this game and I purchased it for a Christmas gift. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Expanded 3D version of the original Cave Story.
Cleared it on easy mode, playing the complete story. It can be played in hard, medium and easy mode. The hard mode is REALLY hard, you can't ever be hit.
Published 17 months ago by Paulo
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both...
The game plays like a retro action game with the great graphics of the present. The 3DS is harnessed fully to make this game awesome. I am amazed by another feature. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zeth B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I have almost completed the game at this point, and I have enjoyed every second of it! The platforming is supurb, the 3D is great, and overall is an amazing experience.
Published 18 months ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows why the industry needs a strong indie scene, but...
Cave Story is a game I ran across while watching a series of videos on YouTube covering indie games. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John. N
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