NIS America held it’s big press event on February 10, 2011, and revealed a pretty big 3DS announcement. It turns out it is working with Nicalis on a new version of Cave Story. The story and premise is the same and it’s still a run-and-gun, side scrolling action game, but it now has new 3D environments and characters. So it’s a 2.5D game instead of a plain old 2D game now. That, and it’ll be released right around the 3DS launch window.
In case you’re wondering yes, Cave Story is so good that it’s worth buying a second time, even if you already own the WiiWare or DSiWare version. This is especially true when you realize the 3DS version is going to look completely different and have a number of extra features and bonus features. It’s a complete remake, rather than an updated port.
Cave Story follows Quote, a boy who wakes up in a cave on a floating island with no memories. As he wanders around, he comes across a village of Mimigas, little white rabbit-people. They’re in danger, as a demented doctor is searching for one particular Mimiga named Sue. In the process, he’s kidnapping lots of other innocent Mimigas. After one named Toroko is taken, Quote gets involved in an adventure to help Sue and her family, save the Mimigas and stop the doctor’s nefarious plans.
If you really want to try Cave Story, but don’t want to pay for it, you can always find the free indie version of the game at The Indie Game Database. It was originally released for Windows computers and Aeon Genesis translated it into English. Granted, the WiiWare and DSiWare versions look much better thanks to Nicalis’ touch-up job. Also, the WiiWare and DSiWare versions have a special Curly Brace mode.