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Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

The wait is over, Cave Story is here!

It's been way too long of a wait, but one of WiiWare's greatest games has finally managed to cross over to Europe this week. It's accompanied by a handful of titles for the other services, including yet another VC game.


Cave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – Does anything really still need to be said about this game? Regarded as one of the greatest indie games of all time, the WiiWare version, which includes many extra features, is now finally available in Europe. To make up for the long wait, the price has also been decreased by 200 Points. You can read what we thought in our Cave Story review.

WiiWare Demos

Cave Story (Nicalis) – In case you still haven't read up enough on the game to make sure whether you want to buy it or not, a demo has been released alongside it.

Virtual Console

Super Bonk (SNES, 900pts) – The fourth game in the Bonk series and the first one to be released on the SNES. It was originally released in Europe as Super B.C. Kid, but we've got another Ninja Gaiden affair going on here: in order to associate it with the rest of the games on VC, we've been given the US version and they've slapped the price up by 100 Points.


1001 Crystal Mazes Collection (Teyon, 500pts) – A Sokoban knockoff, in which you figure out the right way to push around a bunch of crystals around a maze. The concept itself is still as fun as always, but unfortunately the developers seemingly didn't pay much attention to difficulty balancing, as it goes from very easy to very hard without much in between. You can read our thoughts in our 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection review.

GO Series: D-Tank (Gamebridge, 200pts) – The latest in the GO Series, this is an overhead tank shooting game created by Suzak. We'll figure out if it's any good and will have a review soon.

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 (dtp entertainment, 200pts) – The sequel to last year's Just Sing! Christmas Songs, this one offers a slightly different song selection. We'll see if there's anything else different in our review soon.

So, are you still excited about Cave Story? Will you be picking it up?

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User Comments (51)



Pyrodon said:

Why exactly did Europe get this almost a year after the United States?

*Cave Story, that is.



Warioware said:

Finally! But I've lost a bit of interest in this over the wait so I may just wait a bit more and get the portable version when I finally get a 3DS.



Odnetnin said:

@Aviator Because a) the original creator deserves the money, b) it is enhanced, and c) it is on a home console, which has inherent benefits.



Fuzzy said:

Nice update. Will try the cave story demo first to see how different it is to the original. Will probably get super bonk too. Pretty good update.



skywake said:

What Warioware said. I'm a bit over the WiiWare version of this with the DSiWare version coming likely soon and the 3DS just around the corner. Also, I still don't understand why retro style WiiWare games don't get presented in 16:9. I know 4:3 is "authentic" but screw it, why not?



Gamesake said:

@Odnetnin The original creator doesn't want your charity.
@Aviator I feel the same way but it is enhanced and playing it on your big screen TV with a controller is better than sitting two inches away from a computer screen.



Gamesake said:

Lots of developers work hard. To support the hard work of the original creator is no reason to buy a game. That's like buying Little King's Story because you hate money.



Scottie said:

Yes i will be downloading Cave Story as soon as i can today. Brilliant early Xmas present. Think i will be getting Fluidity on Xmas Eve as well. I need some more Wii points lol!! Faxanadu is on my radar 2 and Sonic 4 along with Sonic Colours help me!!!



Omega said:

I know Cave Story inside and out. Already played the PC version in may 2009. Sorry, Nicalis. But you have to be faster next time. Much faster! (It's too late for La-Mulana, too.)



Gamesake said:

Yeah, downloading Cave Story now might seem like buying the cow when you got the milk for free... after the cow got a face lift.



Golgo said:

Hurray!!!!!!!!! Gonna buy this later. Will seductively unpeel the wrapping from a virgin points card that I've been holding back on, gently tease the number from under the foil, then lovingly insert. (ahem)

But what am I going to do for my weekly Thursday moan from now on?



Bass_X0 said:

I played the Cave Story demo yesterday - am I supposed to start from the beginning each time I die? I died because of those razors zipping about at the bottom of the floor and was disappointed I had to do everything again to get back up to that point. Is the full game different?



Rensch said:

Ah, finally. Might wanna download this. This is a game I might wanna spend my €10,00 game coupon on.



Siward said:

This was the only good decision I made tonight, and it didn't cost me anything. I'm a big fan of demos and hope there will be some more. If you haven't played this game, you should check it out. It's clearly designed as a family friendly game, but any real gamer will appreciate it too.



edhe said:


You continue from your save points usually. I can't speak for the demo (I bought it straight away), but if it doesn't let you save, then there's your demo.

You're not supposed to get that far in the game.



Philip_J_Reed said:

What? You gave Cave Story the headlining picture, rather than Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2?

This site is biased. 2/5



Fly_Guy said:

How long was the wait again? 2,5 years if I remember correctly
First thing after breakfast: Downloading Cave Story and playing for nearly 4 hours straight



OldBoy said:

Well I have this for PC but I think I'll probably download this for Wii. I'm much more likley to finish it that way! I liked what I played so I'm looking forward to this.
And of course the developer deserves some cash.He put a lot of time and effort into this game then gave it away.I'm sure he'll enjoy getting some payback. The delay in the release is shocking though.Mind you as a long time EU Nintendo fan I'm used to waiting!!



Phobos said:

Even though I just finished Cave Story on PC yesterday... it's saying a big hello to my DSi.



SennaKurosaki said:

Yeaah! Finally. So happy that Cave Story is finally available in Europe on WiiWare. Next thing: Shantae's Revenge for the DSiWare in Europe! But now that I have Cave Story I can have a little, but just a little, bit of patience for the release of Shantae's Revenge.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'll wait for the dsiware version of cave story and I'll wait for the G.G. series collection+ for D-tank but it's still a great update apart from the other two dsiware games.



MrPinguy said:

In the full game, you have several save points in the same part of the game of the demo, those act as checkpoints.
I think two in the village and two in the egg corridor.
You can use them as much you want.
And yes there are a good amount of them in the full game don't worry, you will never have to repeat huge amounts of distances.



Omega said:

@Rebel81: Since Super Bonk was released in USA only it is 60Hz only. The title of the european version is Super B.C. Kid which is 50Hz. Nintendo always keeps the games in their original form which I think is good.



Sean_Aaron said:

I made sure to download Cave Story last night and put in a full hour. I've been patiently waiting to get it ever since I played the preview code what seems like a million years ago.

It's so damn good!



Omega said:

@cheetahman91: What? Musha runs with 50Hz? As far as i know there never was a european release of this game. What were they thinking? It's okay for me when they keep the games in their original form even if it means that we europeans always get the 50Hz PAL stuff. But when they alter a game from 60Hz to 50Hz that just makes no sense.



Mediengewimmel said:

Yeah, Cave Story is here! I like this version more than the original because of the three difficulty and the alternate look and sound.



Ristar42 said:

@Omega - to make it even worst, the Wii shop was advertising all of these Megadrive import games (and the Neo Geo Import IronClad) for some time with the description 'runs in 60Hz'... which was untrue.

By the way, I never played Cave Story before but downloaded it and it is really fun (and a bit sad too so far).
The 'updated' graphics and music are tasteful but the original pixel art and retro sounds are so cool.



Kelvin said:

I waited and waited and waited for Cave Story, then they announced the DS version and now I don't think I want the Wii version now it's finally out.



LuWiiGi said:

Well, for a non-Wii owner, this is a crap week again, but I'm happy for all you Cave Story lovers.



y0ss4ri4n said:

@Ristar42. I complained to NoE (via CodeStorm) about their mislabelling of MUSHA and they have removed the offending line about playing in 60Hz. They should have also amended the listing for Pulseman and Puyo Puyo 2.

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