Cave Story came out on WiiWare last week. You can play it on the PC for free, but the Wii version is worth the purchase, both for the joy of playing the 8-bit homage on a console with a proper controller, and because it is really a solid piece of work, made with love and care, and it’s nice to see people make money off of something so well done.
Important note: Cave Story is not an easy game.
Responding to one of many curses emanating from the couch whilst I played it, Red wondered aloud why I regularly subject my ageing reflexes to these paeans to the days of “Nintendo Hard.” (Her actual words were more like “so you died again. And you’re surprised? Why are you playing this, again?”)
She acted like she did not understand. But she has her own games, and over the next few days, as I worked at my computer, I would hear the occasional howl of agonized profanity coming from the living room couch. And then one evening, she turned to me with glowing eyes and pointed proudly to the final screen from Greed Corp., shimmering on our TV, and I rather think that she understands, after all.