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Cave Story by glitcher Cave Story by glitcher
One of my more interesting pictures, this. Cave Story is one of my all-time favourite games, and I was following the blog of Nicalis, the developer, during the run-up to its release on Wiiware. When a call was put out in Spring 2010 for fan artists to promote the game, I leaped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, the timing was extremely awkward because I was moving out to London at the time and most of my furniture had to be sold - including the PC. What resulted was an insane rush-job between finishing this pic, packing away my stuff and cleaning up the flat. This was completed and sent off less than two hours before a buyer came around to pick up the computer. :o

Words cannot express how exhausted I was when I reached London after the final crunch, but I felt the extra effort was worth it. Fans will no doubt recognize this scene from the game after Quote and Curly Brace defeat the island core. The tremendous irony is that not only did Nicalis forget to showcase this pic along with all the other artists' contributions, but I was offered a free copy of Cave Story upon release when I didn't even have a Wii! :cry:

There is an upside, though. Everyone's art was printed out onto a canvas and sent off to different editors to help promote the game. Believe it or not, mine is currently hanging on the wall of the editor of Kotaku.com! :squee: But you know what the best part it? My name is in the game's credits! :wow: Near the end is listed "Christopher Reavey" as one of the people given special thanks. Now Cave Story players around the world will gaze upon my name and wonder in a hushed awe over the identity of this lucky individual. This is my 15 minutes. :D

I'm looking forward to Cave Story 3D's release too. If you haven't played the original game, do so this instant! It's has some really lovable characters and is one of the finest example of old-skool platforming that is bound to appeal to Mega Man and Metroid fans. Hard to imagine that is was designed entirely by one person...


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UnholyPens Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Writer
Lucky-ass punk. I'm actually quite impressed. Too bad I couldn't have done anything to get in the credits...
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BillErakDragonDorado Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
When i defeated Ballos and saved Curly for the good end, i thought i was going to cry.
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Arcien Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Using this as my Twitter cover. I fucking love Cave Story. That game has a special place in my heart, and if I could draw fan art, I damn well would :D

Thank you for making these awesome drawings!
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glitcher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, bless. Other fans have expressed using this as a poster for the game. Makes the effort I put into it that much sweeter. :D
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Arcien Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Definitely understand where you're coming from. I make music myself and I recently got a release on NoCopyrightSounds, so I truly understand how you feel.

I just really love Cave Story, so thank you so much for drawing one of the most emotional parts of the game. Big ups. Love your other stuff as well! :D
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jstylin2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
this part made me quite upset because i had gotten the booster 0.8 so when the time came to fight the core i wasn't able to get the tow rope and because of that i wasn't able to save her :(
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loldudee107 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
btw, look at Curlys hands,
#quotekidnappingcurly
but yea,
dude.... no.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't see what you're getting at. :confused:
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loldudee107 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
he's carrying her, tied to his back, and her hands tied, what do you think i'm getting at? 

also, i've read that many fan-fics....
i don't know why i did, 
just really, really looks like you 
put a little reference of those into it :\
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ilovemyfavoritegames Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Curly seems to be smiling, if you look well...
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loldudee107 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student General Artist
that's her nose .-.
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ilovemyfavoritegames Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i thought it was her mouth *_*
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Icheng0 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg i cant tell you how shocked/sorrowfull I was before I knew you could save Curly, A reliever...
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only you could save Toroko too. :cries:
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Icheng0 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tragedy isnt it?... I was traumatized 1st time it happened to me
and even more traumatized when I didnt know how to save Curly...

Overall Reaction; EVERYONE IS DYING!! ;-;
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just started playing this today actually, great so far :D
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Necdilzor Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
That's so great!! You did it with passion and that's why it payed up :) I absolutely loved this drawing.
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Chirbyt Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at this Picture in the middle of the night with full silence.

That, is nice.
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glitcher Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try listening to Moon Song while you're at it. ;)
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Chirbyt Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! For that idea :D
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Neko-Kotori Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Gotta say, after tracking you down on art forums to get hold of this three years ago its still my favourite game, your work is still my favourite cave story art piece , and has moved from being center piece of my student digs, to being center piece in our living room. I still smile looking at it on the wall
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! I touched that my art means enough to you that you'd have it on your wall. Looks like the editor of Kotaku isn't the only one to receive that honour. :D If it's not too much trouble, could I see a photo of it? :blushes:
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Neko-Kotori Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I will try to, we moved the living room around and it hasnt gone back up yet and the flat went up for auction a couple of days ago, once we find out whether the new owner wants us in or not we'll have a photo :)
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glitcher Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Neko-Kotori, I was wondering if you managed to snap a pic of my Cave Story fan art in your room like I asked.
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Pancake7777 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
why can't i make art like this? Waaaah! 
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but talent like mine can be dangerous in the wrong hands...... :shifty:
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gunswordfist Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Whoa, if this is a "rushjob"...! This makes me want to restart the game instead of just trying to beat Hell for the first time...in fact, i just might do that.

The game does have elements of both Metroid and Mega Man while being its own unique thing. And nice Mighty No. 9 avatar. :)
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glitcher Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it. :) I really need to change that M#9 avatar though, it's getting old.
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DevineEmperorMeiji Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
So awesome!
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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megalin12 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
thumbs up to the people who saved curly and to the people who didn't we know you can do it to your awesome like everyone in this world
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DrawingPrincess28 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This pic is amazing!! 
Wonderful job! :clap:

Glad that you got your art submitted and hanging on their wall!

You don't get that everyday. Keep up the great work!!
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I did a blind play through on this, and waking up to see a dead Curly, and me with her air bubble, was maybe the first time one of this sort of free online game ever made me feel horribly depressed.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankfully that's only one possible route through the game. Now go and alleviate that guilt!
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AgentFlowers Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Hey glitcher i love this art have you posted it on steam under artwork for Cave story if not i think you should and again love the art
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OrdonCrane Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Oh man, I remember one time I grabbed her and took her to the cabin, then left when it said the reboot would take a while. Only after leaving did the thought cross my mind that she gave me her air tank and so wouldn't be able to get out of the waterway. Horrifying in hindsight.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha ha ha ha ha! Well, at least she has a few books to pass the rest of eternity in that tiny cabin. :XD:
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Yerac Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Writer
I actually read about the rope, but couldn't find it. I couldn't do anything to save her. Hope my next playthrough turns out better.
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Snappynz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Make sure you don't trade for the machine gun and don't drop down to professor Booster when you see him falling.Then,as glitcher said,you will find a spark down at the bottom right corner.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rope's the sparkly thing in the bottom-right corner of the boss room. ;)
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Yukyrie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
If any of you didn't save her, and still haven't beat the game yet, delete your save.

Saving her, is worth restarting.
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JOSHDILISI Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i couldent save Curly ;____; i gotta try beating the game again,
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think pretty much everyone neglected to save Curly on their first run, but it's not that hard as long as you know what to do. The real trouble is fighting your way through the Sacred Grounds to one of the toughest bosses in 2D gaming. Be prepared for the challenge of your life....
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JOSHDILISI Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i had actually beaten the game 3 or 4 times now xD i was just too stubborn to check online to actually see how to save her.
i plan to save her this time tho ;D thanks to the internet! lmao
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CastForth Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Wait. A: This picture is absolutely amazing, and I don't know why I didn't say that the first time I came across it. Brilliant, brilliant job. B: Cave Story was originally designed... entirely by ONE PERSON?... Hot dang. o_o
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pixel is the kind of person that defies understanding. Anyone would be glad to be talented in retrographics, chiptunes, programming, game design or storytelling, let alone a master of all of them! I have no idea how he does it.
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CastForth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Dude... just imagine... what if he and Notch got together and worked on something?... I know Minecraft is an entirely different kind of game, but still, IMAGINE WHAT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED... O.o
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Shveyk Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Wait, you're telling me I could save her?
Nnnooooooooooooo!!!
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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, that's why we replay games, right? ;)
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and if replaying the game twice isnt enough now you have to replay the game FOR THE THIRD TIME because theres a real fourth ending where you save both curly and sue and other mimigas
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