Since its release, the game has slowly made the jump from PC freeware title to paid console title. It first appeared as a WiiWare and DSIWare title, earning the best praise of all - loyal customers willing to purchase the title. Now the game is taking another leap, this time to 3D.
Cave Story 3D, set for release in about a week from NIS America, is the same game as previous releases, but with a visual upgrade. Actually, that's only partially true. Cave Story 3D includes two visual modes: the oddly named "Story Mode" and the more understandable "Classic Mode." The difference between the two is purely visual. You play through the exact same game in either mode; only in Story Mode you're presented with upgraded visuals. In Classic Mode, you're instead presented with the same rendered world as Story Mode, but with the original pixilated visuals in place of the upgraded characters.