VVVVVV coming to 3DS, published by Nicalis

Hey all! I’m currently out in Indiecade, where for the first time, I met Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis in person. We decided it was a good time to announce something we’ve been working on! Here’s Nicalis’ press release:

Nicalis To Publish Terry Cavanagh’s VVVVVV on 3DS eShop

October 6th, 2011 – Nicalis, Inc., developer and publisher of independently awesome video games is VVVVVVery excited to announce a publishing agreement with Terry Cavanagh for VVVVVV on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. VVVVVV features the same amazingly retro gameplay, aesthetic and chiptune music (by Swedish musician, Magnus PÁ¥lsson), but now in 3D and on the go with your 3DS. Attendees of Indiecade in Culver City, California can play a near-complete preview VVVVVVersion for the first time on 3DS! Just find Terry Cavanagh or Tyrone Rodriguez and ask them to play!

Released in late 2010 for PC, VVVVVV is a 2D action-platformer deeply rooted in the days of 8-bit gaming with incredibly challenging gameplay and secrets. In VVVVVV, you play as Captain Viridian, who must not only save a dimension on the brink of collapse, but also find your ship’s crew–all of whose names begin with the letter V.

Now 3DS owners can experience the critically acclaimed game in 3D, anywhere. When asked for an obligatory quote, Terry Cavanagh said, “I’m VVVVVVery excited about it! This is the first time anything I’ve made has been on a console.”

VVVVVV 3DS Features:
Open-world environment with six unique levels
20 Trinkets to locate and collect
Full 3D awesomeness integrated into the retro-looking art style
– Dual screen functionality with a real-time map!
– Music by Magnus PÁ¥lsson
– New Featured Levels
– Future content updates

VVVVVV continues Nicalis’ partnerships with highly talented and super-awesome independent developers. Previously Nicalis has teamed up with Studio Pixel (Cave Story, Ikachan), Nicklas Nygren (NightSky) and NIGORO (La-Mulana). Now Terry Cavanagh’s incredible VVVVVV, too, will make the jump–er, flip–to console.

About Nicalis, Inc.
Based in Southern California, Nicalis, Inc. is an independent developer and digital publisher with a proven track record for developing well-polished games with library of highly-acclaimed products for mobile. Founded in 2007, Nicalis continually seeks to enhance, and improve the quality of video games throughout the game industry. Nicalis, Inc. is committed to developing wildly creative and endlessly entertaining games that just happen to be affordable. Nicalis, Inc. is also developing NightSky (portable downloads), has completed development on Cave Story 3D (for the Nintendo 3DS) and is publishing La-Mulana (WiiWare). More information on Nicalis can be found via the Internet at https://www.nicalis.com and https://www.twitter.com/nicalis.

About Terry Cavanagh
Terry Cavanagh–not to be confused with the World’s Most Dangerous Accordion Player or a Canadian politician–is an award-winning independent game designer, and nice guy. Born in an undisclosed year in an undisclosed village deep inside of Ireland, Terry began laboriously toiling away at game development during a very early age with the Commodore 64 and BASIC.
VVVVVV Website: https://thelettervsixtim.es

Since then Terry has moved on to develop a number of lauded and heavily anticipated games including Don’t Look Back, Self Destruct and the forth-coming At a Distance and Nexus City.

In 2010, Cavanagh teamed up with Swedish musician, Magnus “Souleye” Palsson to create the critically acclaimed and highly successful game, VVVVVV, which has a VVVVVVersion for release in late 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS

Terry’s main focus has been creating minimal, concept-driven games.

© 2011 Nicalis, Inc
© 2011 Terry Cavanagh
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


28 Comments so far

  1. Darien on October 6th, 2011

    I’m for this. Always thought VVVVVV would make a great portable game.

  2. SoulEye on October 6th, 2011


  3. Michael Fisher on October 6th, 2011

    Sounds like a great breakthrough for you into the world of 3D and consoles, not that I have one myself! Best wishes and looking forward to further news from Indiecade 2011.

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  5. Vex69 on October 7th, 2011

    OH YES!!! THANK YOU! 😀

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  9. kralle777 on October 7th, 2011

    Oh, that’s totally awesome. Let’s see if I will buy the game again. It must be very cool to play it on the 3DS.

  10. gnome on October 7th, 2011

    Why, congratulations! VVVVVV 3DS does look quite marvelous, though you really shouldn’t have done this. You’ve got me wanting a 3DS and these are tough days indeed. Argh.

  11. Anonymous on October 7th, 2011

    Wow the 3DS looks tiny, D-pad is only the size of that finger nail.

  12. Aucool on October 7th, 2011

    This news is so fucking exciting, I love you Terry.

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  14. Arkatox on October 7th, 2011

    *jaw drops*
    *jaw drops more*
    *jaw continues to drop*

    OH… MY… …. …YESSSSSS!!!!!!

    Any idea of the release date yet? I’m already getting ready to buy it!

  15. S0ul on October 7th, 2011

    I have it on steam and now I can’t wait to get it on my 3DS! Congratulations !!

  16. Kurosen on October 8th, 2011

    Awesome Job Terry! Is there going to be a level editor perhaps?

  17. Christopher ARmstrong on October 8th, 2011

    Terry, I’m super happy for you. May your success continue! 🙂

  18. SoulEye on October 8th, 2011

    I’m confused… Terry plays the accordion as far as I know? 😛

  19. Andrew Dang on October 8th, 2011

    Terry, congratulations on getting your game onto a portable platform! Thanks for letting me test VVVVVV on the 3DS, your graphics really pop out on it. =D

  20. Arkatox on October 8th, 2011

    I’m going to end up buying the game for a fourth time! (Bought the application, then got it on Steam, then got the HiB3, and then I’ll get it on the 3DS!)

  21. dyngo on October 8th, 2011

    This will be downloadable, right? Not a physical disk or anything?

    (Serious question. I am painfully ignorant of handhelds, the last one I owned was a GBC…)

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  23. Arkatox on October 10th, 2011

    Dyngo, it’s for the eShop. That means downloadable. Also, the 3DS doesn’t have disks. It still has cartridges (which makes it cooler than the Sony systems, at least in style).

  24. TJF588 on October 13th, 2011

    Great! The 3D games section(s) of the eShop is severely hurting for a truly eyecatching game. Right now it’s just NES ports and Let’s Golf.

    So totally onboard.

  25. moo on October 13th, 2011

    D’uh! Why 3DS? D:
    I don’t want to have to buy a 3DS, I have a normal DS, can’t you publish a version of VVVVVV for the normal DS? :X

  26. Hi on November 4th, 2011

    When was it released

  27. Hi on November 5th, 2011

    Can I download it now?

  28. nintendo dsi on May 29th, 2015

    It isn’t verry acctuall this summer.

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