Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Nov 10, 2011
    Speaking for myself, I'd rather play through Cave Story again five times than have a second run through the tedious and dated Ocarina of Time, and discovering this game's unique world in a new 3D format has been surprisingly rewarding. It may very well be the 3DS' best game to date.
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    This 3DS remake of the cult Cave Story fits the bill. It's nicely re-done, all the while keeping what made the original a brilliant game. Perfect gameplay, inspired level-design, mesmerizing musics and enticing plot: no element of this remake can disappoint the fans of good old action platforming "oldschool" games in 2D. A gem of passion you have to play.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    The biggest hurdle towards recommending this game for the 3DS is the fact that it's so widely available on other platforms, and for less money.
  4. Nov 13, 2011
    Giving a purposefully retro 2D platformer a 3D makeover sounds like the worst idea ever, but the end result only reconfirms Cave Story as a modern classic.
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    It's Pixel's dream realized on a new platform for the masses, and in a form anyone can appreciate.
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    Cave Story 3D provides the perfect blend of action and adventure that embodies the days when Jason was the kid with a mutated frog and an awesome tank and not the kid that wandered away from his Dad and got lost in a mall.
  7. Nov 1, 2011
    Cave Story shouldn't be missed no matter what platform you play it on, but Cave Story 3D offers the most unique perspective on this independent gem.
  8. Oct 21, 2011
    Cave Story has always been an extremely charming and engaging experience, but never before has the game come alive with the type of depth and realism that the 3D visuals and lighting effects provide. When you couple all of this together with the classic high-quality platforming and shooting action of the original, not to mention an amazing remixed soundtrack, you end up with what has to be one of the most impressive video game remakes we've seen in recent years and a title you absolutely should not miss.
  9. Dec 28, 2011
    If you want an excellent action game on the go that captures the best elements of the glory days of old and does so with a style that is rare nowadays, get to a retailer or store and get Cave Story 3D. If you haven't played this game yet, you are missing out.
  10. Nov 16, 2011
    A true masterpiece. On 3D, the brand can live a second life that all the more experienced players will appreciate.
  11. Nov 11, 2011
    A brilliant, touching game that is truly special, and that all gamers should make it a point to play.
  12. Mildly disappointing port of an exceptional game that retains its charm.
  13. Nov 8, 2011
    It's one of the best games ever made, in 3D or otherwise.
  14. Nov 2, 2011
    The real appeal of Cave Story 3D is a chance to see Pixel's low-rez world rendered in elaborate detail.
  15. Nov 10, 2011
    The art of pixel claims its place thanks to a Cave Story's remake that remains the original spirit, revamps the graphics and adds an interesting 3D effect. We hardly had seen so much talent concentrated in only one game.
  16. May 2, 2012
    At the end of the day, Cave Story 3D will most likely appeal primarily to fans of the original willing to experience one of their favourite games in its new form, or collectors of physical copies who wouldn't pass a chance to get their hands on the only retail version of the masterpiece that Cave Story is.
  17. Nov 30, 2011
    It's not possible to recommend this version of Cave Story over all others, but it is a worthy, good-looking adaptation of a wonderful game all the same. If the WiiWare and DSiWare versions passed you by, and you'd rather do your platforming with an analogue pad than a keyboard, Cave Story 3D is a great way to discover a game that well deserves your attention.
  18. Nov 15, 2011
    Whether or not you should buy Cave Story 3D boils down to A.) if you played another version before, and B.) how much you loved it. At $39.99, it's significantly more expensive than purchasing the DSiWare port ($9.99) via the 3DS eShop. Go that route, and you receive a similar, arguably better experience at a fraction of the cost.
  19. Nov 14, 2011
    This remake is a labour of love, and it catches the single most important thing about Cave Story. Objectively, it's a 2D game heavily inspired by Metroid. In its details, and in your hands and head, it's another world entirely.
  20. Nov 8, 2011
    If you haven't played Cave Story before and want to see what the fuss is about, or are a die-hard fan who needs to have it in every form possible, you simply can't go wrong with Cave Story 3D.
  21. Nintendo Power
    Nov 8, 2011
    Taken on its own merits, however, it is an absolute blast, and if you don't play Cave Story in one form or another, you're missing out on a modern classic. [Nov 2011, p.84]
  22. Nov 8, 2011
    The original Cave Story is a great game, and what is being offered here is the same at the core. It looks a bit bland, but it's still fun to play, the music is still great, and the story is still interesting.
  23. 80
    Cave Story is game that every gamer needs to play, and if Cave Story 3D is the most viable method of doing that, so be it. However you get your hands on this game, just do it. It's that good.
  24. Nov 22, 2011
    The new features are interesting, although not impressive technically, but under them there is still a great game, fun and challenging, that provides hours of enjoyment.
  25. Jan 4, 2012
    New visuals and an average 3D effect are the only differences between this game and other, cheaper versions: anyway, if you own a 3DS, never played Cave Story and fancy a hard challenge, this game is for you.
  26. Dec 12, 2011
    As a game, Cave Story 3D represents another strong entry in the Nintendo 3DS's software lineup this holiday season and is more than deserving of your trade-in credit or gift cards post-Christmas holiday. As an opportunity to revisit the indie-darling Cave Story, though, it feels more like a George-Lucas-esque grab at cash than a true remake or redesign.
  27. Nov 9, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  28. Games Master UK
    Dec 16, 2011
    Not bad, just pointless. [Jan 2012, p.86]
  29. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 7, 2011
    Get the WiiWare game instead. [Dec 2011, p.70]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 72
  2. Negative: 9 out of 72
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    Absolutely gorgeous game overall. I honestly thought this would suck because of the distracting graphics from the trailers, but when I playedAbsolutely gorgeous game overall. I honestly thought this would suck because of the distracting graphics from the trailers, but when I played this, it wasn't distracting at all! Not to mention the remixed music is beautiful as well! Amazing game, a must-have for the 3DS! Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    yeha greatyeha great game------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2011
    This is an updated classic. The new graphics and sprites in comparison to the original are awe inspiring. Wonderful story, memorableThis is an updated classic. The new graphics and sprites in comparison to the original are awe inspiring. Wonderful story, memorable characters, a large variety of weapons and fantastic level design give it a high replay value. Full Review »