Cave Story is a freeware platform-adventure video game released in 2004 for the PC. It was developed, designed, and programmed over five years by Daisuke Pixel Amaya in his free time. The game features 2D platform mechanics and is intended as an homage to the classic games that the author played in his youth, such as Metroid and Castlevania. The game focuses on an amnesiac silent protagonist who awakens in a cave. Through his explorations, he discovers a plot by the Doctor, a megalomaniac who intends to force the inhabitants of the cave to fight for him in his bid to conquer the world. The protagonist is thrust into the position of savior as he endeavours to defeat the Doctor. After its initial indie release, Cave Story slowly gained popularity on the Internet. It received wide critical acclaim for its compelling story and gameplay. As a result, Nicalis, an independent video game company, worked with Amaya to bring the game to Nintendo's WiiWare service in 2010. The WiiWare version features more detailed artwork and additional gameplay modes, and was nominated for WiiWare Game of the Year at the 2010 Nintendo Power Awards. Ports and remakes of the game
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