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Not to be confused with Cave Story 3D.

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The Nintendo eShop version of Cave Story released on October 4, 2012 in North America for Nintendo 3DS. It was published by Nicalis.


Cave Story on the Nintendo eShop features...

  • The original PC version's music.
  • Cave Story+ graphics redone in the original's style, with graphics being displayable in stereoscopic 3D.
  • The ability to toggle between the Nintendo 3DS's widescreen 5:3 aspect ratio or the classic's 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Two different control schemes; "Flipped" being the default, where Y/A are used to shoot, and B/X are used to jump, or "Classic", the opposite of flipped.
  • Various game modes to choose from, including unlockable challenges.

Game Modes[]

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Game Modes for Cave Story on the Nintendo eShop include...

  • Story Mode - Follows the same gameplay as the original PC version.
  • Curly Story - Similar to the original Cave Story, except Quote and Curly Brace swap places, with Curly being the main character. Some events and dialogue are altered.
  • Jukebox - Allows players to listen to the full Cave Story soundtrack.


Challenge mode provides a set of tasks to be completed. A stopwatch runs in the background to keep track of the amount of time it takes to finish a challenge. The difficulty setting used is the one on the most recently played save file.


Cave Story on the Nintendo eShop has received positive reviews, more so than Cave Story 3D. Nintendo Life gave the game a 9/10, saying, "'s the most complete version of Cave Story yet." Destructoid gave it a 9.5/10, praising its sharp visuals and content. The game currently has a 93 on Metacritic.