Written by DG
If you didn't know that Cave Story Wii came out today, well, you should be ashamed of yourself. But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. It's in english and costs 1,200 Wii points ($12). Before I go on, this is an article for people who played the original Cave Story already. I love Cave Story, and I couldn't possibly recomend it enough, but this is not a review of the game for newcomers. This article is only about the changes to the original in this new version. Grab your Polar Star, and let's get started.
The new version includes new graphics and sound which subtract from the charm of the original, but are not entirely bad. It's nice to see old characters in a bit more detail, but the new music is, in my humble opinion, well, not so great. In fact, it's downright bad, so I've switched back to original music, though there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about the new sound effects.
The game has been entirely re-translated, which means several things. First, Balrog no longer says "Huzzah".
He doesn't even have a catch phrase anymore. He just says variations of "Oh yeah!" which is heartbreaking. Second, Grasstown is now called "Bushland", which is also somewhat heartbreaking to me. Finally, the Bubbler is now called "Bubbline" which doesn't make any sense to me since the weapon has nothing to do with lines. The thing that bothers me most though is the overall mediocrity of this "official" translation. There are badly formed sentences, typos, and phrases that don't quite fit the current situation (such as Sue's "Meh." upon hearing egg 00 requires a password). For another example, try the second Balrog fight, in Bushland. Instead of the clever "I'm here to rip you apart. Doctor's orders!" he now says "I'm gonna beat you for real this time!"
Next, there's a mode that allows you to fight every boss in succession. This is surprisingly captivating for some reason.
Finally, there is a mode that allows you to play through the main story as Curly Brace, which would be super cool if they had made the dialogue slightly more interesting. Curly is not a silent protagonist, and will say things like "I sure did!" when Balrog asks you if you knew Misery kidnapped the wrong mimiga. Other characters will also refer to you as "young lady". When you get to the Sand Zone, the protagonist will take Curly's place in the story and challenge you to a battle, though he will remain silent, and Curly will do all the talking. This makes the following conversation extremely awkward, and when Curly asks the protagonist if he's on the side of the mimigas, you are given a Yes/No prompt, which makes no sense whatsoever. Most importantly, yes, you can still find Curly's underwear, which is referred to as "your panties".
The biggest difference of all for me though was simply the change in controllers. I find the game much more difficult to control on the Wii since I'm so used to PC controls, and tricky Sanctuary jumps I can make on a computer are impossible for me on the Wii. Here's hoping I grasp them better by the time I get there.
Cave Story Wii isn't quite as great as we've all been hoping for and expecting, but it's still the same good old Cave Story. Pixel's been offering his masterpiece for free and continues to do so today, so it's not unreasonable to give the guy a few bucks for his efforts. Now, I tip my red cap to you and offer a final huzzah before signing off.