Cave Story Toroko Shimeji

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There are two kinds of great games, the ones that you delete from your hard drive after playing, and the ones that you want to keep forever. Cave Story (洞窟物語, or Doukutsu Monogatari), a free game of less than 1MB in size, is without a doubt the latter type.

Cave Story is a 2D Japanese side-scrolling platformer developed by Daisuke 'Pixel' Amaya of Studio Pixel. The game spent over five years in development, but after it was released at the end of 2004, it quickly caught the attention of Internet users and soon became extremely popular, receiving many praises from communities and publications of all sorts.

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The game was translated by fans into English, Chinese, and many other languages. In 2008, NICALiS announced that it will collaborate with Daisuke Amaya to release Cave Story on the Nintendo WiiWare with updated graphics, music, and more in 2010.

Cave Story - talking Quote I guess I'll make this mod myself since it's just text edits, I might even don't have to give Quote a face pic The only problem is Quote's personality, but I'll make him sound like Megaman because they're both high-moral robots.(Not counting the part he left Curly to drown).

Cave Story's pixelated graphics resemble old NES and SNES games, and the gameplay brings back memories of classics such as Metroid, Castlevania, and Mega Man. One of the reason Cave Story was so well-received is because almost every aspect of the game was extremely polished, from its pixelated graphics to the level design, combined with an interesting cast of characters, simple yet memorable music, and a surprisingly detailed (and touching) story with multiple endings, all of which the result of a five-year labor of love by one man.

Into the Cave

Gameplay:
Cave Story is an action/adventure platformer with some RPG elements, much like Metroid and Castlevania. Each level is composed of a large area that can be freely explored. The player can use different kinds of weapons, most of which can gain experience and level up (and if you lose health, the weapon looses experience and levels down). The control has a 'floaty' feel (such as when jumping), much like some of the 2D Mario games. In each level, the player needs to complete a certain set of objectives to further the storyline. There are many different items to collect, side stories to complete, as well as hidden plots and levels.
Story:
For a freeware, the game's story is surprisingly engaging (and sad). The game features a large cast of unique characters, from the robot who lost her memory, to the mad doctor, to the evil witch, to the cute, rabbit-like Mimiga. These characters help bring to life a tragic story that supports multiple endings depending on the player's action throughout the game. The fact that not all of the story and the game's world were explored helped encourage the fan community to produce numerous fan-made works such as fanfics and fanarts.
Graphic:
Not much to say here, look at the screenshots. The game's pixelated graphics make it seem like something that came from the SNES era. Despite having a low resolution of 320x240, the game world is quite detailed, and during battles the screen can get quite busy with moving objects, enemy characters, and special effects happening all at once.
Music:
Simple, 8-bit music. The game does a great job of playing the right music at the right time to enhance the overall mood of the story. Despite its simplicity, the music inspired many fan remixes, edits, and tribute albums, all of which serve to demonstrate the quality of the game's captivating music.

A Cave Story

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A brief overview of the story complete with screenshots. Obvious spoiler alert.

Quote (the protagonist) starts in a cave. After taking the Polar Star (a gun) from the sleeping hermit gunsmith (without permission, hah), Quote heads out, killing every single living thing along the way.
After arriving in the Mimiga Village, Quote sees two Mimiga, King and Toroko, arguing as to whether to hand Sue (apparently another Mimiga) over to the Doctor (Date), who has been kidnapping Mimiga from the village (and spreading terror in general). Quote then encounters Misery and Balrog. Both mistaken Toroko for Sue. After kidnapping Toroko, Balrog decides to teach Quote a lesson, but instead is taught a lesson by Quote.
After informing the villagers of what had just happened, Quote goes into Arthur's house (Arthur is Toroko's brother, and hero of the village, until he was killed by the Doctor). This place will become the main hub that Quote uses to teleport to various zones in the game. Quote goes to the Egg Corridor to look for Sue, arriving just in time to see Sue get taken away by a enraged Mimiga named Igor.
After stumping all over Igor, Balrog arrives to save the day, only to end up getting beaten yet again. Quote finds out from Sue that her brother is trapped somewhere in Grasstown and goes to find him. Unfortunately, Sue's brother, Kazuma, is trapped inside a shelter and can't get out. Yay, more work to do. Quote goes around and finds a robot that seems quite hostile...
...and proceeds to get stomped by Balrog. Misery appears, not happy that she captured the wrong Mimiga earlier, turns Balrog into a giant frog. After fighting off Balrog, Quote pulls the poor robot out from the floor. The robot proceeds to ask Quote to bring it the right ingredients so it can make an explosive to help Quote break open the shelter's door. After freeing Kazuma, Professor Booster appears and informs everyone that the doctor has located the red flowers, which can turn a Mimiga into a bloodthirsty fighting machine (kind of like Igor). So to stop the doctor, Quote goes to the Sand Zone in hopes of getting to the red flowers before the Doctor.
After entering the Sand Zone, Quote encounters Curly Brace, a (female) robot much like himself. Curly Brace thinks Quote is there to take away the Mimiga children, tries to defend the Mimiga, and fails. Good thing Quote is a good guy. After beating Omega, Quote finds Jenka, a powerful old witch and apparently Misery's mother...uh huh? Jenka will only give Quote the keys to where the red flowers are stored if Quote can find all five of her puppies... yay, more work.
Although Quote manages to find all the puppies, Balrog is one step ahead and takes the key from Jenka. After chasing Balrog to the storehouse, where the doctor and Misery forces Toroko to eat some red flowers, the King appears and tries to save Toroko, only to get beaten by Misery. After defeating a frenzied Toroko (who dies), the King dies as well and gives Quote his super cool sword. Before Quote can celebrate, Misery appears and sends both Quote and Balrog to the Labyrinth, the 'dump' of the island. Quote finds his way to a clinic, where he finds an injured Curly Brace, who was also sent there by Misery.
After defeating the 'ghost,' Quote returns to the clinic with Cure-All for Curly Brace. Going a little bit ahead, Quote encounters one of the harder boss of the game, Monster X...
...which turns out to be a cat... After locating the stone that's blocking the way out, Balrog appears. After getting beat once again, he helps Quote and Curly Brace to move the rock away (don't tell anyone he helped them, though!).
Quote, backed up by the awesome Curly Brace, makes his way deeper into the Labyrinth. After making their way through a corridor with a lot of computers and shutters, the two encounters the Island Core.
The Core is what's keeping the island floating (yes, it's a floating island). After defeating the core, Misery and the doctor appears and teleport the core back to their lab in order to keep it alive (so the island doesn't fall). Quote and Curly Brace are left to drown. To save Quote, Curly Brace gives Quote her oxygen bubble, sacrificing herself in the process.
Quote uses the tow rope and carries Curly Brace through the Waterway. Stopping at a Waterway Cabin and draining the water from her in the process.
To get out of tehe Waterway, Quote needs to beat Ironhead, a character from Pixel's previous game Ika-chan. If Quote beats Ironhead without getting hurt, he gets greeted by a swarm of Ika-chan!
Quote finds himself washed up in the Mimiga Village. Story update. The Doctor has captured all the Mimiga and is forcing them to help him cultivate more red flowers. The reason the Doctor is so powerful is because he got his hands on the Demon Crown, which grants its user power as well as the ability to command Balrog and Misery.
Quote goes through the destroyed Egg Corridor, fighting Sky Dragons along the way. Kazuma then appears and offers Quote to run away with him.
And off they go!!! A few months later, the Doctor, with his army of Mimiga, invades the world. The end.
Or not. Choosing not to run away, Quote climbs the Outer Wall to reach the Plantation. Inside the Plantation, Quote meets Curly Brace, who has lost her memory.
Quote explores the plantation, finally ending up in a teleportation room. Before he could do anything, he gets caught by a Droll (guards). After getting caught and locked away in a cell, Quote finds the letter Sue left in his pocket, and escapes to meet Sue's mother, who asks Quote to collect various parts for her so she could build a rocket.
Quote does so, and the rocket is complete to carry Quote to the Throne Room to stop the Doctor. But before going, Quote goes to collect some extra weapons, and help restore Curly Brace's memory by bringing her a special mushroom.
Now Quote makes his way through the Final Cave. Brutally beating anything in his way.
Phew, that was hard. Quote fights Misery, wins.
The Doctor has taken the red flower's power and made a red crystal, which not only can affect a Mimiga, but can affect humans as well. Quote proceeds to fight the Doctor. The Doctor loses control of the crystal, and becomes transforms into a new form.
After beating the Doctor, Misery appears and asks Quote to take Sue leave the island. Before any deals could be made, the Doctor appears again, transforms Misery and Sue into monsters, and merges with the Island Core. The final boss! Quote, being the protagonist that he is, wins, of course. After beating the Undead Core, the island begins to collapse. Quote and Sue run to the edge of the island and jump. Kazuma and his Sky Dragon catches the two.
Everyone else escapes on the helicopter they originally used to come to the island. The End. If by chance all the requirements have been met, Quote gets to brave the extra level Holy Cave, and gets to fight the hidden boss Ballos.
After Ballos is defeated, Balrog saves Quote and Curly from the collapse cave, and the three live happily ever after. Wait... is that Misery?
The End.

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Links
Studio Pixel - Pixel's website.Link
NICALiS - NICALiS's official website.Link
Cave Story WiiWare Official Site- Homepage of the WiiWare port by NICALiS.Link
MiraiGamer / Cave Story Tribute Site - One of the most comprehensive English fansites.Link
AGTP / project 'Cave Story' - The group that translated Cave Story into English.Link
TIGSource / Interview: PIXEL - An interview with Daisuke 'Pixel' Amaya.Link
Shih Tzu/ Cave Story - The one who translated the Pixel interview for TIGSource.Link
Shii / Studio Pixel Fan Page - Downloads to many of Pixel's games.Link
Cave Story LiveJournal Community - A LiveJournal community.Link
洞窟王 (Japanese) - Comprehensive guides and information.Link
PCあるなら洞窟物語 (Japanese) - Information, videos, musics, and more.Link
Passionate Saffron / 洞窟物语 (Japanese) - Music and sheet musics.Link
洞窟物语 uploader (Japanese) - A Cave Story upload site.Link
洞窟物语·文字记录 (Chinese) - One of the largest Chinese information and guide sites.Link
洞窟物语 (Chinese) - Wing's Cave Story page with information and downloads.Link