• Publisher: Nicalis
  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2012
  • Also On: PC
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

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  • Summary: Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 95
    Even without any additions, Cave Story is still the same amazing game people have raved about for eight years. It's one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory, and this version is worthwhile if you've never played it before or are itching for a reason to play it again.
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    95
    This new release has just as much content as any other version of the game, if not more. Overall, it stands right alongside Cave Story+ as one of the best, if not the best, version of Cave Story to date.
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    91
    Minor complaints aside, it's great to see an enhanced version of Cave Story available on eShop. The stereoscopic 3D adds a little depth, which is nice, and the game controls as wonderfully as ever. But once again, choosing the best version depends on personal preference.
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    90
    Cave Story may come from humble PC beginnings but it feels most in its element in this slick portable package. Nicalis has put together the definitive Cave Story compilation, but without any earth-shattering changes or additions it's ultimately just another way to play an all-time classic on familiar hardware. Granted, that's still a rather excellent thing, as the game is so pleasing to play that we're more than happy to delve into it yet again, and again.
  5. Mar 11, 2013
    90
    It is a well-designed, challenging, fun, evocative experience that rewards multiple play-throughs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    10
    One of the greatest games ever, now for download on the eShop, this great title looks even better with the 3D effect that make the spritesOne of the greatest games ever, now for download on the eShop, this great title looks even better with the 3D effect that make the sprites come to life even more. One of the jewels in the indie department. Get it now! Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    10
    In my personal opinion not only one of the most influential games for the indie game genre, but the best game ever made. Few games haveIn my personal opinion not only one of the most influential games for the indie game genre, but the best game ever made. Few games have reached the tier of mastery that Cave Story resides on, and few more ever will. The fact that it was made by one determined guy is very impressive and you really can feel all the love, heart, and soul he put into the game to make it the masterpiece it is today. Mind blowing soundtrack that really gets you involved in the game and a fantastic and gripping story that feels real and natural. The whole game doesn't circle around you, and you feel along for the ride changing whatever you can to benefit the greater good. The world that the game creates is deep and involving and leaves much to the imagination. Cave Story's characters are colorful and diverse, ranging from the rabbit-like people called mimigas to the humans residing on the island. I won't spoil anything but my first time playing the game I was really worried that my favorite character was going to die. Every time something little happened to her I jumped. With death and despair all around me I felt like she was the only thing pulling me through and motivating me to keep going. I won't tell what eventually happens, but it is quite unexpected. The game is, on top of all that, the perfect length, not too long and not too short. I have played through the game 15+ times and I am ready to do it again. Cave Story has been and will most likely always be my favorite game of all time and I will absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, deep, and heartfelt experience. If I could give it higher than a ten I would. Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    Him - "Cave Story is better than Metroid"

    Me ( die-hard Metroid fan ) - *cocks gun* "whadju say?" *shows me game* I beat it in a casual
    Him - "Cave Story is better than Metroid"

    Me ( die-hard Metroid fan ) - *cocks gun* "whadju say?"

    *shows me game* I beat it in a casual week.

    *head explodes. mind blown*

    Him - "You actually made this vague crappy dialogue a full review?"

    Me - *still dead*
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  4. Jun 24, 2015
    9
    this game could have been more Longer... because of how AWESOME it is!

    I loved the Retro Graphics, The Metroidvania Exploration, the
    this game could have been more Longer... because of how AWESOME it is!

    I loved the Retro Graphics, The Metroidvania Exploration, the Soundtrack, Gameplay and the story can in the beginning be Lazy and meh... but then becomes kind of dark...

    one of the best 3DS eShop games to Date
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  5. Jan 29, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the best 2D platformer I've played, tied with Megaman X. The controls are smooth, the mechanics are solid, the game is beautiful, the music makes me orgasm whenever I listen to it, the plot is gripping, and the challenge is PERFECT. This game is, above all, memorable. I can sing any song from this game if you tell me where it plays. I can remember how many times I attempted the Sacred Grounds: 68 tries, 20 to Ballos, 15 to second form, 8 to third, and, of course, one win. I just...
    Love it so much.
    And it was made by one dude? YESSS.
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  6. Aug 1, 2016
    9
    Among Indie games, Cave Story became an instant favorite. It is a game made with love. Many may feel unsatisfied because of the 8 bit style,Among Indie games, Cave Story became an instant favorite. It is a game made with love. Many may feel unsatisfied because of the 8 bit style, but it is amazing how deep this game can make you addicted to it, smile at the fun scenes and feel threatened or sad when danger is near with said style. It is one of the few games I can gladly sit down and play from beginning to end just for the fun of it. That being said, it is a challenge. If you aim for the hardest modes this game can offer, make sure your room's window is at least closed so your 3ds won't fly outside when you rage throw it... Because you will. Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2016
    0
    undertale platformer sequel from 2005 for the nintendo ds don't buy undertale sucks and so do undertale platformers don't buy can't just makeundertale platformer sequel from 2005 for the nintendo ds don't buy undertale sucks and so do undertale platformers don't buy can't just make a sequel to undertale and make it a platformer wtf dude Expand

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