Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photos - Cave Story on Nintendo WiiWare

This Monday saw the long-awaited release of what is easily the most anticipated title on Nintendo's WiiWare service - Daiske Amaya's Cave Story. This game is hailed as a modern masterpiece, ever since its original 2004 PC shareware release. Fans of sprawling adventures like Metroid and Blaster Master will be thrilled.

These screenshots come courtesy of Nicalis, the studio responsible for the WiiWare version. They have completely redesigned the graphics and music, new character designs by Amaya, and numerous all-new gameplay modes. I can't wait to get my hands on this game and see if it lives up to the hype.

A key reason for Cave Story's legendary status among gamers: Amaya-san designed and created the game entirely by himself, over a period of five years. This is a feat unheard of since the humble 8-bit days of the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. That it was released as freeware is also remarkable. We will be hearing a lot more about Studio Pixel in the coming years. No question about that.

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