As someone who only recently got into the Shantae series, I’m really looking forwards to seeing the latest instalment for the series, to come out later this year and now that it has emerged that a physical version is on its way, well I’m just really over the moon now!
XSEED seems to have developed an interesting in publishing indie titles as they are to be the publisher behind both physical and digital versions of Shantae: Half Genie Hero, and the digital version of Exile’s End. Both titles will be available on the Wii U, with Shantae also being available on both PS4 and PSP and because that’s not enough, both Shaneae and Exile’s End will be playable at this year’s E3!
Here you can find the official information regarding the upcoming Shantae title and details on the “Risky Beats” retail release:
“In the magical world of Sequin Land lives Shantae, a spirited young half-genie. She has dedicated her life to defending her home of Scuttle Town from evil in all forms, and has been called upon again as pirates attack! Using her trademark Hair-Whip Attack and special ability to transform herself into various kinds of creatures by way of magical belly-dancing, she must fight her way through steamy jungles, ancient ruins, and stormy deserts to topple the villainous Barons behind each criminal caper, preparing for the ultimate showdown against her arch-nemesis: the bodacious buccaneer Risky Boots!
After three successful outings, Shantae is ready to embark on her first full HD adventure in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PS4, “PSVita”, and Wii U. Vibrant, high-definition sprites complement the excellent action-packed exploration and platforming the series is known for. As Shantae masters her transformative powers, old stages can be explored again to unearth new items and secrets, ensuring there’s plenty of content for casual players and platforming gurus alike!
XSEED Games will be publishing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero physically on all three announced platforms this fall, as a special “Risky Beats” retail release packaged with a musical selections CD containing over 20 songs from the game’s soundtrack, and each offered at a suggested retail price of $29.99.”
For details on Exile’s End, we have that too:
“In the distant future, mega-corporation Ravenwood exists more as an interplanetary government than a company, controlling commerce and manipulating the economy with its own private army. So when its president’s son goes missing on a remote mining planet and all contact is lost, the company quickly dispatches a team of mercenaries to investigate. Immediately upon their arrival in orbit, however, the team’s ship experiences an electrical failure and careens toward the surface. Numerous soldiers eject from the crashing ship via escape pods, but only one seems to make landfall relatively unscathed: an old, embittered private named Jameson. In his efforts to restore communications on the planet, he ends up discovering the remains of the mining colony and learns a truth far more sinister than he ever could have imagined…
A dark and futuristic 2D side scroller offering adventure-style puzzles, exploration-driven platforming, and dangerous extraterrestrials, Exile’s End is part Metroidvania and part “cinematic platformer,” drawing heavy inspiration from classics of the genre like Out of This World and Flashback: The Quest for Identity. Boasting uniquely stylized animated cut-scenes, multiple endings, and an atmospheric soundtrack by Keiji Yamagishi of Ninja Gaiden and Tecmo Super Bowl fame, players who take up Jameson’s mantle will find themselves investigating a massive, interconnected alien world as they solve the mysteries of a dark, underground complex and experience a story filled with ancient riddles and modern-day hubris. Backed by Japanese publisher Marvelous Inc., Exile’s End is a collaboration between Tokyo-based indie game developer Matt Fielding and many talented local industry veterans, and a partial remake of Fielding’s first game, Inescapable, that significantly expands on its general ideas and themes.”
Now I’m not quite sold on Exile’s End, but purchasing the physical version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero certainly is a MUST for me, I just hope they will be releasing a physical version for those of us in Europe! But what about you? Are you excited about these two games, or are you still on the fence? Let us know!
Source: Mitch Vogel of Nintendo LifeTags: Exile's End, Physical version, Risky Beats, Shantae, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, XSEED
This post was written by Jack Longman