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Cave Story 3D - Nintendo 3DS

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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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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!

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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 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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Release date November 8, 2011
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4.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 5.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches; 1.6 ounces
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[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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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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We always hear about old classics that have been re-released with juiced up graphics. This is a new classic thats been re-released with juiced up graphics. Alot of people don't like the new graphics, I am not one of those people. I like the graphics, I think they compliment the original game. The original Cave Story and Cave Story HD (among other names) was an 8 bit and 16 bit game respectfully, bar a few changes. They were the same game. Now you have this game, which is again, the same game, few changes with more modern 3D based side scrolling. Some call it 2.5D. This version of the game is 3DS exclusive...if you beat the game, you get an option that turns the characters from their 3D models into 2D sprites but the backgrounds remain in 3D. This is also interesting looking. A hybrid of sorts. The gameplay itself is fantastic but with a few minor add ons, its basically the same game that Cave Story has always been. If your a hardcore fan of the game, you may dig playing it again with 3D levels. If you've never played it before, you may also dig it. But if your the kind of person who wants a sequel or a brand new game. Look elsewhere. This is a remake in the end. The 3D effect is good, the controls work well, the music is possibly the games highest point. Fantastic remastered version of the originals, very cool retro inspired music using modern tools. My only gripe is that, the 3DS version is expensive, the original Cave Story is free, you can get Cave Story HD for around 10 dollars. This is a full priced 3DS game. For that price, they could have at least thrown in the original and the 2D HD upgrade alongside the 3D and hybrid versions of the game. Essentially giving 3DS gamers the COMPLETE Cave Story. That would have justified the price alot more and probably would have helped to garner more interest. But as it is, this is still a very fun game, it has alot of charm, retro love and great music. A fantastic sidescrolling adventure.
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