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  • News Teaser Tweet Suggests Binding of Isaac on the 3DS

    Could it finally be leaving Purgatory?

    The Binding of Isaac may be one of the most-discussed games in Nintendo circles that hasn't yet appeared on a Nintendo system. The original title was denied publication by The Big N in 2012, seemingly over the nature of its content. Since then, the idea that The Binding of Isaac may still appear on the Wii U or...

June2014

  • News Off-TV Play Coming to 1001 Spikes on Wii U

    The fun of Spikes! In your hands!

    Tough-as-nails platformer 1001 Spikes has earned its share of die-hard (and often) fans. However, a seemingly consistent criticism of the Wii U version among players, and also mentioned in our review, is the lack of off-TV play. But publisher Nicalis has been listening, and have tweeted that a free update in the...

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October2012

  • News Don't Worry Europe, You'll Be Getting NightSky Soon

    November to be exact

    To everyone's surprise, Nicalis announced over Twitter earlier today that NightSky will be coming to the EU eShop 'sometime in November'. The indie developer revealed that the game has already been approved by Nintendo of Europe. The game releases stateside this coming Thursday (25th October). The full tweet reads: Hey EU,...

August2012

  • News Nicalis Bringing The Fight to eShop With Yatagarasu

    Cue custom rock music

    Nicalis is one of the most well-known publishers on Nintendo's download services, and has already weighed in on the 3DS eShop with indie classic VVVVVV, which we voted as our favourite eShop game back in June. The developer and publisher is also well known by Nintendo download enthusiasts for producing three separate versions...

April2012

  • News Got Room for One More Version of Cave Story?

    Nicalis hopes so

    How many different variations on Cave Story do you own? It's been released on WiiWare, DSiWare and had a retail release on 3DS, but Nicalis isn't done yet, as it prepares another version for the 3DS eShop. Nintendo Power (via Nintendo World Report) states the publisher is preparing an eShop version, but it's not a digital release of...

  • News Nicalis Expects VVVVVV to Reach Europe in Early May

    NightSky in summer

    The anguished cries ring out all over Europe. "When will we get VVVVVV?". Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez says "soon". Speaking at the IDEAM event in Spain — the same event where he announced 1001 Spikes for 3DS and Wii U — Rodriguez said European 3DS owners should get VVVVVV in "early May". North...

  • News Nicalis Announces 1001 Spikes for Wii U and 3DS eShop

    Due this year

    Nicalis is still putting the finishing touches to its WiiWare translation of La-Mulana, but it's already announced its next project, 1,001 Spikes for digital release on Wii U and 3DS. Like La-Mulana and Cave Story, 1,001 Spikes is a retro-styled platformer that started life elsewhere, in this case as Xbox Live Indie game Aban Hawkins...

February2012

  • News VVVVVV's European Release Gets Flipping Nearer

    PEGI approve, after dotting the i's and counting the v's

    When VVVVVV hit the North American eShop just before the New Year, European gamers could only look on with envy. The platform puzzler that started life as an indie PC game received an excellent 8/10 in our VVVVVV review, adding to the growing list of high-quality titles on the 3DS download...

  • News Nicalis: "The eShop Has Turned Things Around for Nintendo"

    Full steam ahead

    Nintendo Download favourite Nicalis is happy with the eShop so far, with president Tyrone Rodriguez telling Destructoid he feels the eShop is a great stride forward for the company. Speaking on the decision to feature particular games and themes instead of give all games equal billing, Rodriguez said: The eShop, I feel, has really...

December2011

October2011

  • News Brand New Cave Story 3D Gameplay Trailer

    Old versus new

    For those of you out there who are anxiously awaiting the release of Cave Story 3D on 3DS, the folks at NIS America have been kind enough to send over a brand new gameplay trailer of the game in action. In this newest video, you'll get to see just how far the game has come with its brand new 3D visual makeover. There's even some new...

  • News Nicalis Announces VVVVVV for 3DS eShop

    VVVVVVery good news

    In the wake of its success bringing Cave Story to DSiWare, Nicalis has announced it's bringing VVVVVV to the 3DS eShop later this year. The gravity-flipping retro platformer has been around the indie scene for a while and is generally regarded as an innovative and very enjoyable ride: it's less about jumping and more about...

August2011

  • News NightSky Coming to 3DS eShop

    Long-awaited WiiWare release heads to 3DS

    For those who don't know (or possibly forgot), NightSky was originally planned for release on Nintendo's WiiWare service. And while the game did recently see a release on PC, we haven't seen any new information on the WiiWare version for some time. Thanks to a Tweet by @Nicalis this afternoon, we now know...

July2011

  • News La-Mulana DLC Announced

    If you like difficult levels, it's for you

    The game has still not been released in Europe and North America, but details of the upcoming DLC for La-Mulana have now been revealed. Downloading the 300 Nintendo Point package will unlock a boss rush mode, which comes with a timer so you can try to beat your best times on it. But any La-Mulana veterans will know that the next feature's the most..

June2011

  • News Cave Story 3D Hit with Another Delay

    August it is no more

    Cave Story 3D was originally planned as a 3DS launch window title but was then delayed until August, and it looks like the game hasn't stopped slipping as publisher NIS America has announced that the game has been hit by yet another delay. The press release reveals that the cause of the push back is due to gameplay improvements needing to be made in order to satisfy fans both..

  • First Impressions Cave Story (3DS)

    A truly stunning upgrade

    After enjoying years of success as an indie PC release, Cave Story finally made the transition to the dedicated game systems on both the WiiWare and DSiWare services thanks to the good folks at Nicalis. Now the game is getting a rather thorough 3D makeover on Nintendo's new..

  • News La-Mulana Hits Japan On 21st June

    Western release dates to be revealed soon!

    It's been a while since we had any news related to Nicalis and Nigoro's La-Mulana, but the silence is broken today with the first release date for the game, and it's sooner than you might think. Japan will be getting the game on the 21st of June, which is in just a few weeks. The developers also state that...

April2011

  • News Cave Story 3D Coming August 9th

    Hits the following month in Europe

    Despite originally being expected in late June, NIS America has just announced that Cave Story 3D will be hitting stores in North America on August 9th, with a European release expected in September. You can check out the press release below for more details. NIS America is proud to announce today the official release date for the highly anticipated Cave Story 3D..

March2011

  • News Dig Into Cave Story 3DS on 28th June

    Nearly ready for retail

    Much-loved platform adventure Cave Story isn't just content with appearances on WiiWare and DSiWare: it wants to conquer every Nintendo format going. The next part of its world domination plan kicks off on 28th June, when Cave Story 3D reaches stores across North America. It's not a simple port of the existing game either, as it'll arrive with enhanced graphics and sound, as..

  • News Cave Story DSiWare Headed to European Lotcheck Soon

    Could the wait almost be over?

    For all of you European Cave Story fans, Nicalis has just informed us that the DSiWare version will be submitted to Nintendo's lotcheck within the next two weeks and hopefully will see a release in European territories soon after. It's been a bit of a long wait for..

February2011

  • News Cave Story is Coming to 3DS in Full Retail Form

    Crammed with new content

    You've played Cave Story on WiiWare and may even have dabbled in a spot of Cave Story on DSiWare, but if you haven't yet had your fill of Pixel and Nicalis's side-scrolling action platformer you'll be excited to hear the game is on its way to 3DS with brand new content. GamesRadar sat down with creator Daisuke Amaya (aka...

December2010

November2010

  • News Cave Story Finally Burrows to Europe Next Friday

    December 10th for WiiWare release

    Fed up of waiting for Cave Story to reach Europe? Well, your wait is nearly over: the game is Europe-bound on Friday, December 10th. The game's also set to be a little cheaper than its North American counterpart, launching at 1,000 Nintendo Points rather than the original 1,200 price, and will see a simultaneous release in New Zealand and Australia on the same day..

  • News Cave Story Hits DSiWare November 29th

    And this time you can take it with you

    Nicalis has just announced that the portable rendition of its WiiWare hit Cave Story is set to make its appearance on the North American DSiWare service on November 29th. Gamers can enjoy a little portable Cave Story goodness after they've woofed down their turkey on Thanksgiving. No word yet on a price, but...

  • News La-Mulana Fails Nintendo Approval Process

    Unlikely to make it this year

    When we heard that La-Mulana was finished, submitted and out this year we did a little jump for joy at the prospect of playing the underground adventure before 2011 rolls around. Now that seems unlikely, as the game has failed Nintendo's submission process. LA-MULANA was said “No good” by Nintendo, then it has...

  • News La-Mulana Finished, Submitted and "Out This Year"

    Bish bash bosh

    The long and arduous wait for La-Mulana will soon be over: the game is complete and has just been submitted to Nintendo for approval, as revealed on the La-Mulana developer blog. The blog states that if the game passes the inspection with no difficulties it'll receive a release date, but the team seems confident that it will see a...

October2010

  • News First Cave Story DSiWare Trailer Rocks

    And we've got it inside, of course

    The announcement that Cave Story is coming to DSiWare was pretty awesome news all around, and now we have the first footage of the game in motion to share with you. We'll also be bringing you more exclusive screenshots in the near future so check back soon for more Cave Story DSiWare coverage.

  • News Cave Story Update Now Available

    Bugs in WiiWare platformer have been zapped

    Owners of Cave Story might remember that the game had a few minor glitches in its original release, but the nice folks at Nicalis have addressed these issues and the game can now be updated via the Wii Shop Channel. Some of the issues addressed are: Menu..

September2010

August2010

  • News Updated Cave Story Remixed Soundtrack Released

    And it won't cost you a cent!

    That's right, the nice folks over at Nicalis have just released an amazing updated remixed Cave Story soundtrack and it's now available for download completely free of charge. You can click here to download the 3 disc zip file. We'll keep you posted on any new announcements regarding the upcoming European release of Cave Story and if you're still undecided on a..

July2010

  • Interviews Takumi Naramura - La Mulana

    La Mulana creator talks about new WiiWare remake

    Nicalis have already released one hit indie PC title on the WiiWare service with the release of Cave Story and are now putting the finishing touches on their second WiiWare release La Mulana. Since it's been awhile since we've heard any new information..

June2010

  • News Nicalis Drops Hints at Further Pixel Ports

    Updated website includes a few clues

    Cave Story is still yet to be released outside of North America, but Nicalis has already started putting out a few hints that it may have further collaborations with Japanese super-talent Pixel. The site's latest blog entry shows an intriguing image of two characters from Pixel games Ikachan and Guxt. Like Cave Story before, these are both freeware games..

May2010

April2010

  • News Cave Story Win a Wiimote Compo Winner

    The lucky winner is finally announced.

    After a fantastic response to our Cave Story Win a Wiimote Compo, we'd like to announce that Iain P. (Bakajin) is our lucky winner. The exclusive Cave Story Wii Remote should be on its way to you very soon. We'd like to offer our sincere congratulations to him and take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated and entered the contest. We'd also like..

  • News La-Mulana Test Play 5 Video

    More of the WiiWare title in action

    We just recently showed you the fourth Test Play video of La-Mulana and now Nicalis has just sent over yet another video of the game in action. You can check out the brand new video below and we'll keep you posted on any further developments.

March2010

  • News La-Mulana Test Play 4 Video

    More of the game in action!

    Our good friend Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis has just sent over the newest test play video for their upcoming WiiWare action/platformer La-Mulana. You can see just how far along the game is in development in the many levels and boss fights that are shown throughout the..

  • Interviews Pixel Talks Cave Story

    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...

  • News Cave Story to Cost 1200 Wii Points

    Time to get those Wii Points ready!

    Our good friend Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis has just informed us that Cave Story will cost 1200 Wii Points when it makes its North American debut on Monday. That means you'd better get those points ready to go and you'll even have enough for a nice Super Nintendo game left over. Not too shabby considering you're getting quite a bit of what was originally going to..

  • News Cave Story Promotional Painting

    A little Cave Story swag arrives!

    The kind folks over at Nintendo are trying to do a little extra to promote the upcoming release of Cave Story from Nicalis - so much so that they sent out a promotional kit today to various media sites. We were lucky enough to be one of the sites to receive this kit and inside we found an absolutely beautiful canvas painting featuring some very cool Cave Story..

  • First Impressions Cave Story

    The seminal indie game finally comes to Nintendo

    Cave Story is like a Cinderella tale of indie game development, arriving at a time when the conventional wisdom was that the days of a lone programmer creating a complex and compelling game were behind us; it proved that the old spirit of the 8-bit era is still alive and well in the 21st century. Independent studio Nicalis has been fortunate enough..

  • News Creating La Mulana Room Guardians

    Find out where bosses really come from.

    The official La Mulana Blog has just released a new post regarding the creation of Room Guardians for the game that should be of interest to fans of the game and those who are curious about the upcoming WiiWare release of La Mulana. If you've ever wondered how..

February2010

  • News Cave Story Coming March 22nd

    The long-awaited WiiWare release is finally dated!

    Cave Story fans can now breath a sigh of relief as Nicalis has just announced that Cave Story will be released in North America on March 22nd. It seems the wait is finally over. You can check out the official press release below for more information and we'll have some new screenshots up soon...

December2009

  • News New La-Mulana Test Play Video

    Check out brand new footage of the game in action!

    Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis has just sent over a link to their brand new Test Play 2 video showing their upcoming WiiWare title La-Mulana in action. In this brand new video you can see quite a large number of levels found throughout the game, along with some amazing in-game music being played in the...

  • News Cave Story Development Update

    Nicalis release some new information on the game.

    The guys at Nicalis have just posted a new post on their official blog that gives a bunch of new details about their upcoming WiiWare title Cave Story. As many of you know, the game will now slip into 2010, but the game is now completed and ready to go when Nintendo decides to release it on the WiiWare service. We'll just have to be patient for the..

August2009

  • News Official La-Mulana Site Goes Live

    Now you can check out all things La-Mulana!

    We've just received word from Nicalis that their brand new official La-Mulana Website is now live and ready for you to check out! There you'll find everything from the official gameplay trailer to screenshots and even an ongoing blog that will keep you up-to-date on all La-Mulana happenings. The beloved...

July2009

  • Interviews Night Game - Nicalis

    Nicalis gives us the lowdown on the much anticipated Night Game in this exclusive interview.

    Way back in November last year we interviewed Nicalis about Cave Story, a game which is being anticipated with as much excitement as 2D Boy’s World of Goo by indie fans. There is no question that Nicalis are set to impress with their overhaul of the classic freeware game by Daisuke Amaya. A refreshing..

  • News La Mulana Creator Addresses Speed Concerns

    No need to worry about the slow speed of the first trailer.

    There have been some readers who've commented about the speed of the WiiWare La Mulana title in the first trailer that was released. Takumi Naramura, La Mulana creator and director of the upcoming WiiWare version of the game saw some of these comments and wanted to set the record straight as far as the concerns voiced regarding the speed..

  • News La Mulana Announcement and Trailer

    See the WiiWare version of La Mulana in action!

    You might remember that Nigoro and Nicalis recently announced their new partnership. Well, these two companies have now officially announced their new WiiWare title La Mulana and have released the first trailer showing the game in action. You can check out the brand new trailer below, along with the official press release announcing the game. Nigoro,..

  • News Nicalis and Nigoro Join Forces

    Cave Story and La Mulana publishers form a partnership!

    You might remember that we ran a news story yesterday on the indie platformer La Mulana coming to the WiiWare serice. Well, we now know who's going to be responsible for bringing this amazing game to WiiWare. It seems that these two indie companies have joined forces to co-develop and publish the same La Mulana title we wrote about yesterday..

  • News Cave Story Nearing The Finish Line

    Developer ironing out some bugs.

    Still waiting for the WiiWare version of Cave Story? Looks like the wait'll be just a little bit longer, but hopefully not too long. An update over at developer Nicalis' official blog via GoNintendo throws us a few morsels regarding the game's progress. Fortunately, it's looking good! We still have bugs that need to be fixed. Probably about two dozen or so minor..

June2009

  • News New Nintendo Channel Videos

    Nintendo adds two new videos to their Nintendo Channel.

    The nice folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over two brand new videos of upcoming releases. These videos were just added to the Nintendo Channel as well, and more are on the way. The first video is of Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 with charismatic Creative Director Jason Vandenberghe on hand to give you some insight into their upcoming Wii..

April2009

  • News Pixel Customizes Wii Remotes

    Pixel turns standard Wii Remotes into works of art!

    Pixel, artist extraordinaire and lead artistic designer on the upcoming WiiWare release Cave Story, has taken it upon himself to decorate a few Wii Remotes to make them a little more interesting. While the designs are black & white, they're certainly no less eye-catching. Nicalis plans to give these Wii Remotes away to fans at some point and..

March2009

  • News Cave Story Development Nearing Completion

    Judging from the newest entry in the Nicalis Blog, the WiiWare version of Cave Story seems to be nearing completion.

    According to the blog, Cave Story fans will likely be playing the game by the end of April or early May if all goes according to plans. The team is currently putting the finishing touches on the game and the online manual that will accompany it when it's released on the WiiWare..

  • News Night Game - New Game Play Video

    Having only recently announced their newest WiiWare title Night Game, Nicalis took us by surprise this week with the unexpected release of the game's official game play trailer.

    As you can see in the trailer below, the game looks like a bedtime version of Loco Roco with its soothing colors and hypnotic musical score. Let's hope gamers can stay awake long enough to finish the levels as this is..

February2009

  • News Night Game - New WiiWare Release From Nicalis

    A recently released lineup of forthcoming games for Nintendo systems has thrown up a brand new WiiWare release called Night Game. Produced by the same team behind the upcoming Cave Story WiiWare port, this title is apparently ‘part action, part puzzler’.

    Here’s the press release: Night Game, developed and published by Nicalis: Exclusively for...

  • News New Cave Story Graveyard Screenshot

    As usual, Nicalis is releasing Cave Story screenshots one at a time. This time we get a look at one of the graveyard shots of the game. Once again the game looks fantastic and our anticipation level for the game is at an all-time high.

    Tyrone Rodriguez, of developer Nicalis, has recently flown to Kyoto to meet with Pixel about something top secret. While there's already been rampant speculation..

January2009

  • News New Cave Story Screenshot And Progress Update

    Things have been a bit quiet on the Cave Story development front for a while, so it’s good to find out that things are moving forward nicely in this blog post from Nicalis.

    It seems that the guys at Nicalis are totally committed to making sure that this WiiWare port of the freeware classic is going to be of the finest quality. Who could argue at dropping some Wii points for this bad boy? We also..

  • News Nicalis Updates Cave Story Progress

    In an entry yesterday on their official blog, Nicalis spoke a little bit about the progress on their upcoming WiiWare title Cave Story. They also let gamers in on a little surprise announcement regarding some additional content for the game as well.

    You can check out the relevant quote from the blog entry below to find out exactly what this nice little surprise they have in store for WiiWare fans..

November2008

  • News Exclusive WiiWare Cave Story Screenshot!

    That's right, you saw it on the web here first. Nicalis has sent us a web exclusive screenshot of the actual WiiWare version of Cave Story in action for all to see. In the screen shot below you can see Quote and Toroko meet up with Misery the witch and Balrog for the first time. As you can see, the visuals have a very slick and glossy appearance, but the unique look of the original game is still intact as well.

    And for those who missed it, you can also check out our exclusive Interview with Nicalis to get a bit more insight into this upcoming WiiWare title. We'll have more information on Cave Story as it..

  • News Nicalis Interview: Cave Story

    The news that the legendary PC freeware game Cave Story is making its way to WiiWare has made many people very happy indeed - us included.

    Created by Japanese programmer Daisuke Amaya (better known as Pixel), the game is being ported by Tyrone Rodriguez and his team at Nicalis. Keen to know more about the historic conversion, we tracked Rodriguez...

October2008

  • News Updated Cave Story Artwork Causes Controversy

    It seems that many diehard Cave Story fans have recently become divided over the slightly updated artwork that will be used in the upcoming WiiWare version of Cave Story. Many fans have already expressed their dislike of the more detailed look Daisuke Amaya has given Toroko, feeling that it takes away from the classic old-school look the game has always featured.

    Nicalis recently provided a side-by-side comparison of both the old and new artwork to show these subtle differences. They blew the artwork of Toroko up 800 times to show these changes pixel by pixel. You can take a look at the picture below to see the differences...

  • News Official Cave Story Site Goes Live

    It's only been a few days since the game's announcement, but the official site for Cave Story is now live.

    At the moment, the site includes some screenshots, wallpapers, information, and even a blog which will be updated regularly with news about Cave Story and other things. The game's creator, Pixel, even responds to some of the blog posts in Japanese! The game is expected to be launched on..