Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games.
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Release Date: Nov 22, 2011

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“All in all, Cave Story is an incredible game that I'm sure I will be playing again and again for the rest of my life. It succeeds at telling a great story, providing fantastic run-and-gun gameplay, and a huge world to explore, and it does so with a style and technique all its own.”
95/100 – http://www.destructoid.com/review-cave-story-wiiware--169033.phtml
“It's a must-play masterpiece for anyone who like classic action games -- or any kind of action game, really. The only real question is which will amaze you more: That this is the work of a single man, or that they actually do make 'em like this anymore.”
100/100 – http://www.1up.com/reviews/cave-story-wii-review
“If this game had been released on the NES 20 years ago, it would be recalled by a generation of players as a high point of the 8-bit era.”
90/100 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Arguably the most well-known indie game of all time, Cave Story features a completely original storyline wrapped with personality, mystery and hours of fast-paced fun. Cave Story is an action-adventure game from the critically acclaimed independent designer, Daisuke Amaya--or Pixel to his fans. Overflowing with unmatched charm and character, Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimigas, run free.
You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimigas are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. The Mimigas’ only hope rest squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name.
Run, jump, shoot, fly and explore your way through a massive action-adventure reminiscent of classic 8- and 16-bit games. Take control and learn the origins of this world’s power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga!

Key Features:

  • Original (320x240) graphics and upgraded “HD” graphics
  • Remastered music as well as the original soundtrack
  • Mix-and-match new/old artwork and music!
  • Six new play modes (including Wind Fortress, Boss Rush and more!)
  • Over 20 epic boss battles through Mimiga Island
  • 15 levels to explore in the vast world
  • 10 unique weapons to find and upgrade
  • USB controller compatibility
  • Four unique endings
  • Future content updates

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Core Solo
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM, non-integrated
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:Intel only, Power PC not supported
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.04 and Newer
    • Processor:Intel Core Solo
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.04 and Newer
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2.0 Ghz and above
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB RAM, non-integrated
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
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funwithaportalgun™
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
It is pretty good but if you dont like pixel games stay away, that is this whole game.
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Stellwing
7.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
There is no reason to not get this game. Unless you are bad at video games that is..
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NotTheRealTim
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
A stunning acomplishment for a single man. This game is one of the best platformers I have played with a compelling storyline, imaginative bosses, and controls that feel like a platformer should. Definately in my top 10/
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smoochykat
167.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
If you liked classic Cave Story, or never played Cave Story, and wanted a fresh spin on it, this game is for you.
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MackThomas
8.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
The Good: Good music, nice visual style, sufficient narrative for a platformer...
The Bad: Inconsistent difficulty. 95% of the game is easy enough to put you into a zen-like trance, then you are thrown against a brick wall of a boss.
The Ugly: You can't skip cutscenes.
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holyone
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
For a sidescrolling 3rd person shooter this game is fantastic.
pros-great boss fights
-sprite chraphics are unique
-intresting story
10/10
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invAsian
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 19
What a retro game, good solid game, I give it a 7.6 for Good.
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ace763341
14.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
Took me a while, but finally got around to finishing the main storyline of this amazing game. While I'm stuck trying to get through the final optional area, I'm going to do at least two more runs to test out variations of the main weapon.. eventually.
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Informal Informant
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
With my DS copy added, as of now I have around 100ish hours in Cave Story.

Get this game. It is amazing. Why else would I play it for 100ish hours at the time of writing.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
So after years of occupying a place in my Backlog, I finally decided to give Cave Story a shot.

And I can definitely see why people adore this game so much. Playing the game, you can't help but feel the love and hard work put into it, and sometimes its hard to believe this game was made just by one guy.

You could easily place this game alongside indie darlings like Fez, Braid or Super Meat Boy, with its great pixel art and catchy soundtrack, and it's even more incredible to think this came out in 2004, before the indie craze even started.
Every corner of the game is polished and well thought out, so you never get the feeling you are indeed playing a freeware game ( Yes, you can play this game for free, this edition simply includes remastered graphics and soundtrack and some other extras).

As for gameplay, I would call this a "2D Ratchet and Clank", where you have an arsenal of versatile weapons to quickly swap inbetween enemy encounters and platforming segments.
The game has a wonderful weapon leveling up system where you can get a stronger version of the weapon you are using if you manage to collect enough power up items dropped by enemies, yet getting hit enough times downgrades it back to regular form.
This gives you a sense of feedback, where you feel you are getting rewarded for playing better.

Different kinds of enemies will have you constantly switching weapons in real time to deal with each situation as they come, and the bosses will always have you on the edge of your seat, dodging all kind of attacks and projectiles.
You might get the sense at first that this game is a Metroidvania, but you soon realize that levels are very much linear, but there is a ton of secrets and easter eggs to uncover if you like that sort of stuff

The game is fairly accessible while still being very challenging as you go along, and for the hardcore crowd out there, you can try going for the True Ending where you are tasked with beating an incredibly hard level and a Final Boss all in one go without checkpoints, that alone will take you 2-3 hours minimum to beat, unless you are some sort of gaming machine.

As for the story, its a very simple tale that grabs with you with it's charming characters and setting, with a few emotional punches along the way. Nothing complex about it, but its enough to get you invested, and it fits perfectly with the genre and artstyle, and there is depth in it if you are willing to search for it
It's very easy to see why Undertale was inspired by this game, taking into account the many parallels between both games.

I'd say definitely play it, you have nothing to lose( literally, it's free if you don't care for extra content).
One of the best indie game ever made, and one of the best free games ever made.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
One of the best games ever made imo
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
This game i have played first on my dsi xl from the dsi shop what the shop was called on that i got it i loved it then years later when a wii was passed down to me i got it again loved it then on this computer i got it but it was called cave story+ i am still playing it trying my best to get all the achievements more than halfway there i love playing it in general it is a great series to make videos and fun to play it is my favorite game right now worth it definetly worth it :D!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
gud game 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
430 of 490 people (88%) found this review helpful
199 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
STOP READING THIS AND BUY IT ALREADY

I'm not even kidding.

  • Fluent Controls
  • Great Story
  • Great Gameplay
  • Godlike Soundtrack

Quit reading this review However, nobody really reads my reviews to begin with and just BUY THIS GAME!
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517 of 620 people (83%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2011
a cool fact about caves is that they are underground
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95 of 103 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
It’s not easy to even start talking about Cave Story without starting to throw out such adjectives like “modern classic” or “cult underground hit”. But there, you have it, I just wrote it and I won’t take it back. This game preceded the current state of indie scene by a few years, back when it was released as freeware title in 2004. In a few years it was improved and expanded to various platforms with more content and refined graphics. It even was remade in 3D and published for 3DS, though that particular version lacks to provide definitive Cave Story experience. But in the beginning it was made by a single developer on his free time. His name was Daisuke Amaya. The fact that this guy is japanese (not that you couldn’t tell it by his name) explains a lot. Like, for starters, game’s setting and plot.
Taking place inside giant floating island inhabited by giant sentient rabbit-like creatures called Mimigas this story is both absurd and complex. Starting out very light-hearted game is filled with tremendous amount of jokes. While the story develops, it tends to grow deeper and more brutal than you might think it’ll turn out. Like many metroidvanias do, game prefers not to present you with the world details and backstory, but rather let you explore it by yourself. A vague prologue, which will leave player clueless transits to waking up in a cave. A silent protagonist suffering from memory loss, as cliché as it is, works as perfect instrument here. You wake up, you find a gun, you begin your journey. Your mission, your ultimate goal is covered with the mystery. And discovering it can’t be done separately with finding an answer to an even more important question “What the hell is going on here?” But searching it won’t be similar to aimless wandering around. Cave Story keeps a very good pace, presenting you with new goals and providing directions to them on the go. It isn’t large glowing marker on the map though, but rather clevel organization of levels and progression of the story. Exploring and finding hidden secrets is present in the game, but size of the areas isn’t overwhelming and new levels are introduced one by one. There is though few very unobvious decisions that change the outcome of the game drastically. So if you want to achieve the best ending prepare to keep a keen eye for details or rather even look for some guides.
From the perspective of game mechanics it’s the usual run-jump-shoot trio, but with a few twists. One of them is leveling system. Killed enemies drop yellow triangles, which fill the progression bar of currently equipped weapon. Fully filled bar increases weapon level, up to maximum third, but taking damage drops the bar back down, so prepare for some micromanagement. Weapons have different shooting patterns. There is Polar Star which fires plain bullets, then there’s Fireball which produces bouncing deadly balls of fire. Then there’s Spur which has chargeable beam; the longer you charge it, the more powerful the resulting shot will be. Plenty of choices results in very different strategies player can use. Though you’ll tend to have favourites among your arsenal, keeping them all leveled up and ready will be invaluable. To make things even more complex some of the weapons can be traded off in exchange providing you with other guns which have different qualities. This changes are sometimes mutually exclusive and not always reversible, so don’t answer yes every time some friendly NPC offers you something, that’s my advice here. Unlike your main interaction tools your character doesn’t really level up, with the exception of few valuable health upgrades. Not very hard if you keep the default path game is horribly ruthless when it comes to that last levels of the “best ending” branch. How does it sound for you: beating a few sequential levels swarming with enemies and two bosses? If you fail, you start again from the very beginning. That’s very different from the main path, where you’ll find save points after every major event. But then again, it’s for those who want to fully beat the game. For those who are trained and prepared there are even special timer for that last sequence, beating last boss before time runs out will unlock one of the few special music tracks in main menu. The themes depend on how fast you complete it, a new one for each minute saved. And that happens only if you found special secret item, but I guess that won’t be a problem for those who are that deep in the game.
Cave Story stands on the shoulders of giants, combining elements from both Metroid and Mega Man. But it goes further than just simple copying of old classics. It is polished and compelling and its influence knows no merits; nearly every modern 2D-metroidvania has taken some lessons from here. A must-have experience if you call yourself a lover of modern indie-games.
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173 of 216 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Everything about this game is perfect.
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79 of 84 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
So; a game released initially for free years ago is now avaliable for almost 20 dollars.
Is it worth it...?

...depends!

Cave Story+ is the most definitive version of the game ever released in my own opinion, trumping other releases on consoles, and the original in terms of raw content. Cave Story+ boasts extra gameplay modes, stages, the ability to switch between the original and new graphics and music (And the WiiWare exclusive music too!), difficulty modes, little easter eggs, and a few things I probably don't have memorized sprinkled on top of an already amazing game.

The problem I have recommending it to most people is that the original Cave Story is still out for no money whatsoever and includes the entire length of the main game. If you're not comfortable whatsoever about paying money for Cave Story+, you can still get the original for exactly 0 dollars and decide whether or not the extra content will be worth your time based on how much you enjoyed it.

I'll be honest in saying that paying that amount of money for Cave Story+ feels like a bit of a rip once you've played the original and know its plot inside and out, but if you're like me and you really enjoy playing the game whenever you can, you won't really mind it. In reality, I own about six different copies of Cave Story between Nintendo systems and my computer, so you can tell I'm a bit of a nut about this game. There's something about the atmosphere, characters, and gameplay that just make it beyond awesome and a blast to play every single time.


In any case, I will always recommend you play the original first. It's free, and it's a timeless classic made by one man. You will enjoy it. If you come to love it just as much as I do and you need more, definitely grab Cave Story+ when you can (though maybe on a sale!)
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