E3 WiiWare – A Collection of Good Titles

I first went over to check out WiiWare for Cave Story, since i am a big Cave Story fan and I had to get my fix on the new artstyle and the remixes of the new songs. While there I ran into the people at Nicalis who are working on the port, very nice guys with a strong dedication to the fans of the series.

For those of you who don’t know what Cave Story is, it was a game developed by one person, Daisuke Amaya, who goes by the online name Pixel. Cave Story follows the adventures of a warrior who wakes up in a cave with amnesia. He has no idea how he got there or where he is from, yet he gets stuck in matters of the people and creatures that live on the land. The game is a hard core platformer with a mixture of contra style shooting. With various weapons that you can collect, and power ups you can find Castlevania style.

One thing I did notice was that the game plays slightly faster than the original Cave Story which makes the game somewhat challenging, so you have to learn to deal with the slight speed up. From what Tyrone told me, it was how pixel originally wanted the game to be but there was some limits with the program he made. It’s hardly noticeable but even I was wondering why the game was a little bit harder.

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4 Responses to E3 WiiWare – A Collection of Good Titles

  1. Joshdad says:

    Interesting selection of games. Of the 5, I’ll definitely be getting 2 of them, I won’t be getting 2 others, and 1 I’m not quite so sure about yet.

    CAVE STORY – isn’t my kind of game. It looks good, but I’m just not into these kind of shooting games.

    BIT TRIP CORE – I’m probably one of the few people who have never gotten into music games, so I don’t really see any interest in this as as well.

    ICARIAN KINDERED SPIRITS – I really like the look of this game. The way you control your character reminds me a lot of Lost Winds. Nice looking game with great controls – a definite get for me.

    FINAL FANTASY IV – I’ve always preferred the older FF games to the newer ones (with 3 being the best of the best), so to get a chance to get my hands on a new old-style FF game is really great.

    MILITARY MADNESS – I’m not sure yet. This game looks pretty interesting, so I’ll need to do some more studying up on it before making a decision. A definite possibility though.

  2. Abysmal says:

    A very interesting article. I had only known about Cave Story and Final Fantasy IV After Years. You’ve got some good coverage of each of the five titles that has got me interested in Military Madness. Thanks, Will!

  3. skeptical says:

    @JoshDad: I’m with you regarding music games – they just never seem to hit that sweet spot. But after I tried Bit.Trip BEAT (the predecessor for CORE) I realized that it’s not as much a music game as an old-school twitch-fest where the beat works as an audio cue. Not sure if that’s your thing… but it is a really solid WiiWare title if you like old-school stuff and ever enjoyed playing pong.

    @Will: At the end of your article on Miltary Madness, you wondered why a RTS game wouldn’t use the pointer… if it was RTS I would agree, but the game is turn-based (think Advance Wars instead of StarCraft) so it doesn’t matter that much.

    Anyone who liked the strategy in Advance Wars will eat Military Madness up – it’s more complicated, but much more strategic. If you aren’t sure, you can download the old TurboGrafx-16 version on the cheap as a test run.

  4. Will says:


    You get it wrong, I just find it weird that you can’t instantly select something with the WiiMote with the pointer, instead of having to D-Pad through squares to get to something. It just seems to waste some time.

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