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New Cave Story Concepts Showcase 3D Direction

by Meagan Marie on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:09 AM

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Last week we learned that the lauded indie title Cave Story will be released for the Nintendo 3DS in close proximity to the hardware’s debut. While gameplay and story will remain the same, a massive graphical overhaul is underway to take advantage of the 3DS tech.

We’re still short on specifics about the retooling, but a handful of new concept pieces are quite telling – particularly those that highlight Mimiga Village and infamous Egg Corridor.

Check out a handful of character sketches and some 3D environment art below, in addition to a few 2D levels from the original release for reference sake. Click the image above for a side-by-side comparison.

I am all about sharing the Cave Story experience with as many people as possible, and as such am excited for a 3DS release. That being said, I was quite partial to the pixel presentation of the original game. How about you? Which style do you prefer?