July 8, 2020 10:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

*UPDATE (July 9, 2020): Official Press Releases added


WayForward has announced that they have teamed up with Limited Run Games again to bring even more Shantae goodness to the Nintendo Switch. Both the original GBC game of Shantae and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge: Director’s Cut will be getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. On top of that, the original game will also be available on a Gameboy Color Cart for those that want the authentic experience with the game.

Both games will be available to pre-order this September. WayForward has also revealed that both titles will also be available to purchase digitally on the Nintendo eShop. No other details have been shared at this time but it is nice to know that by this September, all five Shantae titles will be playable on the Nintendo Switch.

You can check out the Twitter announcements & official PR for both games below.

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The classic action-adventure sequel returns this fall!


It’s time for revenge – and this time there’s no escape! Independent development studio WayForward is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed video game, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut, is headed to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for the first time, bringing with it all the action, dancing, and magical transformations that the 3-million-plus-selling Shantae series is known for. Priced at $9.99, the game is set to be released digitally this fall.

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is an upgraded version of the second game in the Shantae series, once again putting players in control of Shantae, the Half-Genie heroine, who’s on a mission to stop her scheming nemesis, the nefarious lady pirate Risky Boots. To do so, Shantae will explore a variety of environments (including deserts, forests, and undersea caverns), transform into creatures with unique abilities, encounter hilarious NPCs, and confront the dastardly Barons of Sequin Land, all accompanied by spectacular multilayered pixel-art graphics and a fantastic soundtrack.

As with previous editions of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut, the highly requested Switch and Xbox One versions offer numerous enhancements over the classic 2010 release, including improved navigation features, HD character portraits, and an unlockable Magic Mode. Renowned by fans and critics alike, the original DSiWare version of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was awarded IGN’s Best DS Game of the Year and was 2010’s highest-rated handheld game on Metacritic.

In addition to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is also headed to Windows 10, and is currently available on PlayStation 4 and Steam. A physical Switch version, published by Limited Run Games, will be available for preorder on limitedrungames.com starting in September with additional specifics to be announced at a later time. For more information about the Shantae series and other WayForward titles, please visit www.wayforward.com.


Key Features

  • Experience Shantae’s acclaimed second adventure, now on Switch and Xbox One!
  • Journey across magical Sequin Land, from scorching deserts to the ocean depths!
  • Meet colorful characters such as Sky, Bolo, Uncle Mimic, and Rottytops!
  • Dance to transform into a monkey, an elephant, and a mermaid, each with unique abilities!
  • Detailed pixel-art graphics and sensational soundtrack!
  • Explore puzzle-filled labyrinths and overcome challenging bosses!
  • Discover numerous spells and upgrades!


Unlockable Magic Mode with an alternate costume!

Game Boy Color favorites make a comeback


Independent development studio WayForward is delighted to confirm that two of the company’s beloved classic titles will soon be re-released in a partnership with Limited Run Games: Shantae and Xtreme Sports. Initially published on Game Boy Color, both games will return as authentic reproduction cartridges compatible with the vintage handheld hardware, plus both will be brought to Nintendo Switch in digital and physical forms. Preorders will begin in September for the physical version of Shantae, and in October for Xtreme Sports.

“Over the last decade, Shantae has built up a thriving fanbase, which is a dream come true!” says WayForward creative director and Shantae co-creator Matt Bozon. “Unfortunately, this also means that the majority of Shantae fans missed out when it came to owning a copy of her first adventure, which had a very low production run back in 2002. These days buying a copy on the collector’s market could cost upwards of a thousand dollars! Thanks to Limited Run Games, everyone will have a chance to own a copy of the original Shantae, along with Xtreme Sports, our first foray into handheld gaming, which laid the groundwork for Shantae. Both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are lost gems that you won’t want to miss!”

First released in 2002, Shantae is the groundbreaking action-adventure-platformer that introduced players to the eponymous Half-Genie heroine. In her debut title, Shantae hair-whips, dances, and transforms as she seeks out four elemental stones throughout Sequin Land to put a stop to the nefarious lady pirate, Risky Boots. Highly sought by fans and collectors, Shantae is often considered to be among the pinnacle of Game Boy Color releases.

Having recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its June 2000 launch, Xtreme Sports is a one-of-a-kind sports-themed action-RPG. As contenders Guppi or Fin, players must master five events — skateboarding, surfing, in-line skating, skyboarding, and street luge — by partaking in more than 100 breathtaking sports battles to outperform the competition and become the Xtreme Sports Champion. Are Guppi and Fin XTREME enough to win it all!?

Aside from the upcoming reproduction cartridges and Switch releases, both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are currently available in the eShop on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. For more information about the Shantae series, Xtreme Sports, and other WayForward titles, please visit www.wayforward.com, and for more information about Limited Run Games, please visit www.limitedrungames.com.

Source: WayForward PR & Limited Run Games

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