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Cave Story
Developers Nicalis
Publishers Nintendo
Release Dates March 22, 2010 (North America)
December 10, 2010 (Europe)

Cave Story on the Wii Shop Channel is a 2010 port of Cave Story for the Nintendo Wii. Unlike the original, it was developed by Nicalis. It features updated graphics, remixed music, and more. It was available for 1,200 Wii Points.

There are two versions of the WiiWare release, the original, and v258. v258 is similar to the DSiWare and 3DS releases in terms of interface (without the bottom screen inventory), while the original had a much different menu system, with both Boss Attack and Curly Story available from the start, and no jukebox.

Game Modes[]

Story Mode[]

Play through the original Cave Story.

Curly Story[]

Player's are tasked upon replaying the Story Mode as an alternate character, Curly Brace. Some events are slightly altered to resemble the change.

Boss Attack[]

Face-off against every boss in the game.


Listen to all of Cave Story's 38 tracks.


Change the graphics and/or music from new to old and vice-versa.

New Features[]

  • Updated graphics and music
  • Curly Story
  • Boss Attack
  • Jukebox

Music Issues[]

When the remixed music for Cave Story was being ported to the Wii for the North American release, a technical bug for the music activated, making all the music glitchy compared to how it was originally going to be. This was fixed in the European version and an update for the North American one.


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Metacritic (Aggregator) 89 of 100 A
Edge 8 of 10
Eurogamer 9 of 10
Game Informer 8.75 of 10
IGN 8.5 of 10
Destructoid 9.5 of 10

The WiiWare version has received mostly positive reviews, with the central criticism being the 1200 Wii Point price tag (US$12, £10), after years of free play. Jeremy Parish of commended the graphical update, which "sacrifices none of [the game's] classic-influenced charm". He also remarked that the Classic Controller and Wii Remote are superior to the keyboard input of the PC original. On the issue of price, he explained that "the prospect of Amaya finally earning a little something for the hard work he invested in this masterpiece strikes me as satisfyingly poetic" and "absolutely worth your money". John Teti of Eurogamer had similar sentiments, but also noted the technical issues with the remixed music, recommending the original soundtrack. Edge compared the remake to The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, satisfying both modern tastes with its graphical overhaul and old school fans with the option to switch to the original graphics. Daemon Hatfield of IGN felt that Cave Story "belongs on a Nintendo system" and noted gameplay similarities to Blaster Master, in which damage reduces the power of weapons as well. Cave Story was nominated for Game of the Year at the 2010 Nintendo Power Awards, as well as WiiWare Game of the Year.