By Philip Kollar on Mar 21, 2014 03.21.14
Speaking at the Game Developers Conference, Mielke revealed that while 2013's BitSummit included 45 devs and under 200 attendees, 2014's event saw 5,000 attendees checking out games from 130 developers. That included one day of the event that was exclusive to media and two days that were open to the public. Comparing the indie scenes in the West and in Japan, Mielke noted that Western independent developers are often known as individuals and create games that feel like the work of individuals. This goes against Japanese culture's "village mentality," which discourages individuality. Mielke created BitSummit partially as a means for these smaller Japanese developers to get their voices out there. Tracing the roots of independent development in Japan, Mielke pointed to Daisuke Amaya,...
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 11, 2014 03.11.14
An online hub for Nintendo eShop Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS titles is now live with an emphasis on indie games. The hub features more than 1,000 "new, classic and indie" games for the Wii U and the 3DS. The hub's design spotlights indie titles such as SteamWorld Dig, GunMan Clive, Moon Chronicles, Cave Story, Attack of the Friday Monster and more. Nintendo of America's Dan Adelman and Damon Baker told Polygon at PAX Prime last year that the company is eager to accommodate indie developers on its platforms. Baker acknowledged at the time that Nintendo intends to address the eShop's design, which made it difficult to find indie-developed eShop content amongst major digital releases and Virtual Console titles. "The Nintendo eShop is always a work in progress," Baker told Polygon. "We're...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Dec 21, 2013 12.21.13
The developer behind the WiiWare, DSiWare and Nintedo 3DS versions of indie platform adventure game Cave Story, Nicalis, teased a set of figurines via Twitter. The tweet includes an image (featured above) of the game's major characters, along with the message, "What if Cave Story figures existed? Would you want a set?" No plans to release a figure set have been announced. Cave Story was originally released in 2004 for Windows PC; the game has since been ported to Wii, Nintendo 3DS and more. It follows an amnesiac explorer who, after awakening in a cave, sets out to stop the villainous Doctor from conquering the world.
By Dave Tach on Jul 10, 2013 07.10.13
Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien's upcoming Good Friends Character Pack downloadable content will add Atlas from Portal 2 and Spelunky Guy from Spelunky. For an added challenge, the DLC will also include a transparent version of the game's hero, Invisible CommanderVideo. Today's announcement tops off the DLC's cast of indie characters, which also includes Raz from Psychonauts, Quote from Cave Story, Dr. Fetus from Super Meat Boy and Josef from Machinarium. You can check out the Steam-exclusive Atlas from Portal 2 in the video above, as well as Spelunky Guy and Invisible CommanderVideo in the videos below. The $3 Good Friends Character Pack will be released on Steam tomorrow, July 11, with PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions to follow. Check out P...
By Tracey Lien on Jan 20, 2013 01.20.13
Cave Story developer Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya is having two of his freeware titles brought to the 3DS eShop courtesy of Nicalis, Siliconera reports. Ikachan, a platformer set in an underground, underwater cave where the player assumes the role of a squid was first released as freeware — much in the same way that Cave Story was originally released — in 2000. Guxt, a five-stage vertical shooter, was also released as freeware in 2007. Nicalis is localizing both games for North America and will release them for 3DS on the 3DS eShop in the first quarter of 2013. Ikachan has already been priced and dated and will release on Jan. 31, 2013 for $4.99. Guxt does not have a release date and price yet.
By Michael McWhertor on Jan 02, 2013 01.02.13
The latest Humble Indie Bundle has come to a close with $2.65 million in total sales over a two-week period, according to the official site. Nearly 400,000 bundles — a mix of nine indie video games, game soundtracks and documentary Indie Game: The Movie — were sold. Thanks to contributions made during Humble Indie Bundle 7, the group has raised more than $10 million for charity, according to Humble Bundle's Jeffrey Rosen. Humble Bundle buyers can opt to donate a portion of their bundle contribution to Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Humble Indie Bundle 7 launched on Dec. 19 with Windows, Mac and Linux versions of The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, Legend of Grimrock, Dungeon Defenders and Indie Game: The Movie. The following week, the bundle a...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 21, 2012 11.21.12
Steam's autumn sale is now live with all kinds of discounts on games old and new. Current flash sales — deals expiring within hours — include 75 percent discounts on Limbo and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, to $2.49 each. While the Serious Sam Complete Pack itself isn't on sale, the games within it are all available at a 75 percent discount. Here are the deals running for the next 48 hours: XCOM: Enemy Unknown: $33.49 (33 percent off) Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013: $4.99 (50 percent off) The Walking Dead: $12.49 (50 percent off) Darksiders 2: $16.99 (66 percent off) Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection: $9.99 (75 percent off) Terraria: $3.39 (66 percent off) Plenty of indie games are also on sale, with discounts ranging between...
By Emily Gera on Nov 14, 2012 11.14.12
Guxt, a vertical shoot em' up developed by Cave Story designer Daisuke Amaya, is being ported to Nintendo 3DS by Nicalis, the developer and publisher that is bringing the game to the new platform, the company revealed on its Twitter account. The 3DS port will feature an optional vertical orientation, allowing players to turn the handheld device on its side to maintain the game's original aspect ratio. This follows Nicalis' 2010 release of Cave Story on WiiWare and DSiWare, following the game's initial launch by developer Amaya on PC. Guxt was first released as freeware in 2007. The minimalist, retro-styled shooter features five stages, alongside unloackable score boosts, weapons, and an award for players who end an entire game without dying.
By Tracey Lien on Oct 31, 2012 10.31.12
Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's Cave Story might be getting a release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, according to an update to the game's ESRB listing discovered by Digital Spy. The game was originally released on PC before being made available on WiiWare, DSiWare and the 3DS eShop. The ESRB listing includes all those platforms and adds the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PSP and Xbox 360. While it is unlikely that the game will receive a PlayStation 2 release, the inclusion of the console may be part of a broader classification for all Sony platforms. The game received a 3DS release earlier this month. No other information about these versions of the game are listed on the ESRB page and the game's publisher, Nicalis, has not made any announcements about it. We have reached out to...
By Samit Sarkar on Sep 14, 2012 09.14.12
Cave Story, the indie-darling platformer from game designer Pixel, will be available on the 3DS eShop on October 4th for $9.99, developer Nicalis announced today. It is a separate game from Cave Story 3D, a polygonal 3D remake of the game that launched on the 3DS in November 2011. The eShop version of Cave Story preserves the original 2D sprite artwork, but adds 3D depth to the side-scrolling platformer. It is playable in the original 4:3 aspect ratio or in widescreen, and includes bonus challenge modes such as Boss Rush and Curly Story. In essence, it has the same content as Cave Story+, which came out on Steam last year, but without the updated HD graphics and new soundtrack.