Cave Story Comes To WiiWare On March 22

by Matt Miller on Feb 24, 2010 at 06:30 AM

The Nintendo Q1 Media Summit brings the news that this long-awaited downloadable game will finally be releasing late next month.

Cave Story originally released in 2004 as a freeware PC title in Japan, and was the work of a single designer, Daisuke Amaya, also known as Pixel. The PC indie game later received an English translation that helped to bring its clever and engrossing gameplay to the states. Developer Nicalis has been hard at work porting the game for play on WiiWare. The new version has seen a complete graphical overhaul, a remastered soundtrack, and several new gameplay features. Among them is the inclusion of multiple save files, five new play modes (including a Time Attack and Boss Rush mode), and a new playable character.

Cave Story plays as an action/exploration platformer, in the vein of games like Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Shadow Complex. 2D platforming and jumping combine with shooting and a constant search for upgrades throughout a lengthy gameplay experience. The art style is reminiscent of classic 8-bit gaming, but gorgeous hand-drawn art sets Cave Story apart. The game is also notable for its intriguing and unusual story, compete with multiple endings.

We'll post our full review of the game upon its release on March 22. Have you played the original? Will you be checking out the remake?