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Interviews: Pixel Talks Cave Story

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Cave Story creator answers a few of our questions.

With the upcoming release of Cave Story from Nicalis on Monday, we thought we'd take a minute to speak to the creator of the game to find out what it was like to bring his much-loved PC classic to the WiiWare service.

Pixel was kind enough to take a few moments to answer a couple of our questions and you can find out what he had to say to us below.

Nintendo Life: What was it like bringing Cave Story to the Wii?

Pixel: Initially, I had an uneasiness about the double-sized resolution of Wii. I was concerned that it wouldn't be consistent with the original work. Another point is that I wasn't sure if I had sufficient confidence to tell others how to edit or change my pixel art. Though, after drawing the pixel art and maintaining the look by the NIcalis team, I was happy. They improved the work several times, based on my feedback and corrections. I hope players will agree.

Being able to create new artwork for the game and talking to Tyrone often was very enjoyable for me. I also liked hearing the new music as it was being worked on and completed.

NL: What was the most difficult part of bringing Cave Story to the Wii console?

Pixel: Because I had created the game mostly alone, the idea of conveying my own ideas to another person seemed difficult. I thought that I may have a hard time telling someone else what I was thinking.

In retrospect, I had a sizable amount of work, but it wasn't too difficult. For the most part, my role consisted of recreating the new character artwork, offering my direction, approving each step, checking the new official translation and answering questions related to the project. The Nicalis staff did a lot of, what I consider, the hard work.

NL: Any plans for Cave Story 2?

Pixel: I haven't decided if I'm going to make a sequel or not, but, for now, there are no plans.

We'd like to thank Pixel for taking the time to answer our questions and we'll have a full review of Cave Story shortly after its release in North America on Monday.

A special thanks goes out to Tyrone Rodriguez at Nicalis for making this little Q&A happen.

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User Comments (22)

irken004

#5

irken004 said:

I saw a video of Pixel on the Nintendo Channel. Good video too, this guy knows his stuff.

V8_Ninja

#10

V8_Ninja said:

I won't have enough points when the game comes out. :'( (V8 Ninja is sad because he is really looking forward to Cave Story.)

suburban_sensei

#12

suburban_sensei said:

Tomorrow morning can't come soon enough. All this Cave Story coverage is getting me so ready for tomorrow.

WolfRamHeart

#13

WolfRamHeart said:

Wow Corbie, great work on actually getting this interview with Pixel! I'm impressed! The interview was short but sweet. I really hope that this game does well. I'll definitely be picking it up tomorrow.:)

aaronsullivan

#17

aaronsullivan said:

Even if I wasn't going to play it, I'd be buying it. I feel like I owe Pixel for the first time I played it on the PC even though it was free and legal. I will be playing it again, though! :D

I'd love to see Pixel make another game. Something original or a sequel. doesn't really matter.

I was surprised to see the anti-sensational video on the Nintendo Channel pop up. If you guys liked this little interview check that nice little video out.

WiiLovePeace

#18

WiiLovePeace said:

Err... You guys missed asking one question: "When is the EU & AUS release date?!?!" I want this really badly but it hasn't even been announced for PAL regions :-(

ZarroTsu

#19

ZarroTsu said:

I'd really like to question how a Cave Story 2 could come to be in such a way as to match the current. To the dorks around who want something simple like "new characters" - if there was a Cave Story 2, it would MORE than likely have nothing to do with the floating island that the first takes place on. Hate to break it to you, but if it were a prequel, the ending will already be known. A sequel - what can even happen without ruining the original?

CEW

#20

CEW said:

I play both Wii and Xbox360. Is this coming out later on on the Xbox 360?? Anybody??? Can't wait to play this today!!!

CorbsAdmin

#21

Corbs said:

I didn't ask Pixel about a European release because it's already been told to us that a date is not confirmed as of yet.

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