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Nicalis Teases 3DS Ikachan Port

Posted by Damien McFerran

2D classic from the same developer as Cave Story

Had your fill of Cave Story already? Well prepare to get unreasonably excited, because it would appear that Daisuke Amaya's Ikachan is headed to the 3DS.

Created in 2000 by Amaya (better known by the pseudonym Pixel) - 4 years before Cave Story, perhaps his most famous work - Ikachan focuses on the exploits of a squid who swims through the Ironhead's realm, looking for a way out after a series of earthquakes.

Nicalis - which ported Cave Story to Nintendo formats recently - has previously stated that it is looking into bringing Ikachan to DSiWare, although the system shown in the teasing tweet is a 3DS XL, which suggests that development - if it is even still happening - may have switched to the 3DS eShop.

(Of course, it could still be DSiWare, as the 3DS is capable of running that, too.)

Would you support a conversion of Ikachan? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks, Thedreaminghawk.


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User Comments (28)



Wonder_Ideal said:

I would have to more about the game itself. But, if it's made by the creator of Cave Story, a conversion would probably be a good thing.



rayword45 said:

it's good, but NIcalis should, you know, make an original game.

At least CS eShop was done almost glitch-free



GeminiSaint said:

It makes sense that they'd switch development to 3DS.
Looking forward to this ever since it was first announced.



Hokori said:

I'd wish for it in either form, Nicalis is the one of only a few indie companies I like



AVahne said:

Yet that screenshot shows the game in widescreen, so probably switched over to 3DS.



RupeeClock said:

It's a good little game but it is VERY short.
If anything it should've been made as bonus content for a Cave Story release, ya know?

If they do sell it it'll need to be cheap, this sort of game doesn't have replay value. Go play the free PC release if you haven't it's worth checking out.

Incidentally this is where the Cave Story boss Iron Head comes from, as well as the Alien medal you get for beating said boss without taking damage.



Madotsuki said:

Yeah, it's like one or two hours long. I hope they add a decent amount of bonus content; Nintendo's probably going to charge the same amount as they did for Cave Story 3DS.



SaKo said:

For the people who are saying that it's too short, Nicalis are saying that they are adding more sections and quests to make the game longer.

I think Nicalis should release a 'Pixel' collection with games like Guxt and Azarashi on the eShop.



ArcanaXVI said:

Yep, looks like it's on the eShop now. Pity the 3D light isn't on; I liked the background effects on the eShop version of Cave Story. Maybe they'll add something of the sort?



RR529 said:

Both VVVVVV & Cave Story were superb (both easily in the top 5 "3DSware"), so I'll be sure to check this out if it hits eShop (hopefully as "3DSware", instead of DSiware).

I can't wait for the release of NightSky on the 25th, and Yatagaratsu, eventually, either. Nicalis may very well be the premier eShop publisher, if NightSky delivers like their past titles have.

BTW, I know that the devs of VVVVVV, NightSky, and Cave Story/Ikachan are different (as in Nicalis just publishes them), but they all seem to be of similar quality, from what I've experienced thus far.



Thexare said:

It's Nicalis, therefore I refuse to buy it. The Cave Story port contained wholesale uncredited copying of community-made mods and was built on top of the Aeon Genesis translation of the PC port.

Discussion and, in some of Xkeeper's posts, code snippets as proof: - please note that this is a relatively old topic.



aljoriz said:

I will be impressed if Nicalis can release that on e-shop without ANY BUGS.



GeminiSaint said:

The original game was short, yes, but Nicalis said they are working with Pixel to expand Ikachan into a bigger game.

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