Fanfic Recs: Cave Story

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Cave Story Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into homosexual or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.


Authors, and Websites
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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Lonebot and curlehbrace, by Captain Fabulous. (Note: Some implied ecchi content, building off what was already there in the game.)
  • Recommended by Meta Four, jaimeastorga2000, T-Jack Malpercio
  • Synopsis: The twitter accounts of Quote and Curly Brace, respectively, providing updates as they experience those last crazy days on Mimiga Island—and in Quote's case, intermittent updates afterwards.
  • Comments: This sticks close to the game canon (specifically, the good ending), with fanon to fill in some gaps. The characterization of Quote is rather humorous, as he clearly considers himself the Only Sane Man on Mimiga Island, and reacts to the bizarre NPCs, enemies, and ecosystem with a mix of incredulity and snark. I also like how he begins the story motivated primarily by selfishness and boredom, but develops more heroic motivations over the course of events.

The Stranger I Knew by Black Waltz 0
  • Recommended by Keltena Malpercio , The Criticof Innocence
  • Synopsis: The Three Laws of Robotics governs the way that a robot lives and serves humans. With Quote's memories fragmented, he is the only one able to disobey them. Curly Brace has a new mission now, to save him from the stranger inside himself.
  • Comments: An odd idea for a story, but brilliantly and very emotionally executed; if you don't at least tear up at the ending, you are not human. Quote and Curly are characterized well, and there are some nice touches, such as giving Quote a last name.
    • Seconded; the ending(and the beginning as well) pack a huge wallop of emotion. Plus, if you don't hate the Doctor now, the story makes sure that you will.

Two Skies,One Color by TheNefariousNerd
  • Recommended by dompeace23
  • Synopsis: Cave Story/Earthbound crossover in which Ness and Co. are warped to the Cave Story universe during the final battle with Giygas due to a mistake on Pokey's part. Now they must work together to save both universes.
  • Comments: Interesting concept. Above average writing and neatly utilizes the original game dialog.

Cave Story: A Novelization by JackmanB

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Sue: Which is the World for me? by Derpachu
  • Recommended by Mistamage
  • Pairing: Sue/Kanpachi
  • Synopsis: It's been a year after the events of Cave Story, and ever since Sue returned from the island, she's been in a slump, and she can't stop thinking about the island. She decides to return there to figure out why she feels drawn back, and ends up finding more than she'd thought she would...
  • Comments: A pretty good fanfiction. Sue and Kanpachi's relationship is grown slowly, and the characters' characterization is pretty well done.

Fan Games and Mods
These are games either made from scratch or sometimes with created by using Cave Story's game engine.

Jenka's Nightmare started by Mark "shmitz" Major, completed by ZarroTsu on May 4th, 2014.
  • Recommended by Tropers/GBAuraRebirth
  • Synopsis: A fan sequel to Cave Story. Quote, Curly, and Balrog are suddenly transported back to The Island by Jenka, with no explanation beyond "Help me". Quote must once again navigate the Island, but a lot has changed....
  • Comments: A very well-made sequel, characterization keeps well to the original story and follows immediately from the ending of Sacred Grounds.
    • Agreed, the mod is just as realized and thought out as the original game, and is actually a lot bigger in scope too. Just a small warning, Jenka's Nightmare: Revived (by Magic Doors) is not this game, they are vastly different from each other. However, that said mod is what drove the creator to rebuild the entire game from scratch because of how much it irked him. If you played that game or saw it on Youtube, you'll probably understand why.
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