Category Archives: Shantae

[Video] Shantae’s BFF’S Show off What they can Do in an Official Friends to the End DLC Trailer

Last month the talented folks over at WayForward revealed almost every detail there is to know about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s upcoming Friends to the End DLC. What they didn’t share though, was a trailer, until now:

No release dates were revealed, but going by what WayForward said before, it should be out during the Holiday period as it has already been submitted for approval and that the DLC is free to backers, with non-backers having to purchase it, should they wish to add it to their copy of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. As for who voices who, Cherami Leigh is the voice of Rottytops (voices Gaige in the DLC for Borderlands 2.) Nathan Sharp who voiced Marcel in Attack on Titan voices Bolo and Karen Strassman (voice behind Fire Emblem’s Anna) for the voice of Sky.



Source: WayForward (YouTube)


Friends to the End! Yet Another Piece to the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Puzzle!

For anyone who’s been following WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero since it first appeared on Kickstarter, you’ll be fully aware of the fact that there is more to the game than what we received as more content is on the way and now thanks to a new update, WayForward are about ready to reveal almost every details about the Friends to the End DLC and here it all is:

Continue reading Friends to the End! Yet Another Piece to the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Puzzle!

[Press Release] PQube are Bringing Physical Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition to Europe in 2018

Okay guys, I’ve got a good news, bad news situation for you. The good news is there will be a physical release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero in Europe as well as North America, only the physical release won’t be happening until sometime next year.


I know it’s not the news any of us would want since it is a great Shantae adventure and it’s available right now, but it is what it is and you can read more about it right here: Continue reading [Press Release] PQube are Bringing Physical Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition to Europe in 2018

Get Hyped for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition! It’s Physical and Content packed for Switch

Since it was first revealed a physical release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was first revealed for Nintendo Switch, nothing else has been said, until now!


Having taken to Facebook, XSEED Games has put out a lengthy post all about the physical version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and as well as consisting of the original game and the new Risky Boots DLC campaign (Pirate Queen’s Quest,) it also comes packed with both the Friends and Costume Mode and we’ve got it all right here, just don’t be disappointed that no release date was shared at this time: Continue reading Get Hyped for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition! It’s Physical and Content packed for Switch

[Review] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: WayForward

Publisher: WayForward

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action, Adventure & Platformer

Release Date: 29th of August, 2017 (PAL & NA) Continue reading [Review] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest (Nintendo Switch)

[Press Release] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest will Cost Non Backers $9.99 + Official DLC Announcement

With just one week to go before we can all get our hands on the new DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, developer and publisher WayForward has just come forward with a new press release, which includes how much it cost and other interesting tidbits: Continue reading [Press Release] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest will Cost Non Backers $9.99 + Official DLC Announcement

Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero: Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC Launches August 29th

The wait for the new DLC for Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero is nearly over as WayForward have announced on Twitter that the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC will release over all platforms on August 29th. The DLC will features The Pirate Queen Risky Boots in her first Solo adventure.

For those that backed the DLC on Kickstarter, they will be able to download it for free, for everyone else, they will have to pay for it in the eShop.

Full Game Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Launches August 29th

Good news Shantae fans, after waiting as long as you have, now you only have to wait 10 more days before you can get hold of the forthcoming DLC for Shantae: Half Genie Hero!

Continue reading Full Game Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Launches August 29th

Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Development News Update, Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC Complete And More!

WayForward, the developers behind Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero have posted on their Kickstarter an update on their development of DLC for the game including the good news that the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC is now complete and has been submitted to Nintendo.

The post also includes news about the colour swap palette for Risky Boots & Shantae along with the Friends DLC that will allow Sky, Bolo and Rottytops to be playable characters. Here is the full post update by WayForward:



Pirate Queen’s Quest!

The Risky Boots DLC, “Pirate Queen’s Quest” is now complete, and has been submitted to Steam, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo! Yay! Some of you may have noticed that the game has already received an update over the past few days. That’s because we’ve added new achievements and trophies, as well as other game code to support the inbound DLC!

The game will be available publicly as premium DLC, but will be free to Backers. We’re working hard to ensure that Backers can play this content early, before it’s released to the general public. We’ll update you once we’ve passed submission and have codes in hand! Please remember that each platform handles codes differently, so we’ll do the best we can to get them out on or around the same time. We hope you’ll look forward to this HUGE ADDITION to the game!

As a reminder, you will receive the DLC code that matches the platform (or platforms) you already selected for the main game. We can’t mix or match the DLC, since we have to buy these download codes in advance, so thank you for your understanding.

Tinkerbat Dance DLC is here!

We’re happy to report that we now have Tinkerbat Dance Download Codes for every platform. Without further ado, we’ll start distributing those to qualifying Backers this week! This DLC will allow Shantae to transform into a Tinkerbat to slice foes, and double-jump using the Tinker-Copter!

Keep your eyes on that inbox!

NOTE: We’d like to remind everyone that DLC was created exclusively for Backers at the “$55 and above” Tier. Since then, a lot of you have requested that this be released publicly for those who missed it. At this time, our desire is to keep this content exclusive to those who backed it. However, we’re considering releasing it at some later date, after a lengthy exclusivity period.

We’d really like to hear what you, our Backers, think about this. Please share your opinions in the comments section of our Kickstarter Page.

Color Swaps + Drifter Blade DLC Update!

Some more good news: The “Blue Shantae” and “Classic Risky” color swaps, as well as the “Drifter Blade” are complete! We’ll have more info on that next time. We’ve got a lot of content for you, coming in HOT!

Friends Mode DLC Update!

With Pirate Queen’s Quest behind us, we’re hard at work on the Friends Mode DLC. We’re making excellent progress on this new mode, which (like Pirate Queen’s Quest) adds an all new storyline, new levels, and a special boss encounter. At present, we’re about halfway done with this mode. Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops are all playable and lookin’ good! We’ll do a full update on this exciting new content soon!

See you then!

Source: WayForward (Kickstarter)

[Review] Runbow Pocket Deluxe Edition (New Nintendo 3DS)


Developer: 13 AM Games

Publisher: 13 AM Games

Platform: New Nintendo 3DS

Category: Platforming, Multiplayer and Action

Release Date: 20th of June, 2017 (EU & NA) 

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Runbow originally released on the Nintendo Wii U way back in 2015. The game’s reception was extremely positive, which encouraged developer 13 AM Games to port it to the New Nintendo 3DS. This upgraded port includes guest playable characters such as Shantae, Shovel Knight, and even CommanderVideo! There is also DLC which includes a brand new adventure map called Satura’s Space Adventure that introduces many new levels which includes a ton of new mechanics to learn and master.

download.jpegThe meat of potatoes of Runbow consists of over a hundred platforming levels wherein background colours shift on a cycle. Those colours correspond to the colours of platforms that you must progress through each stage, however, when that colour becomes the background colour, those platforms become unusable for the time being. This provides extremely interesting levels where you must never stop thinking if you want to keep up. Levels are extremely well-designed and each one has a unique concept that makes each level feel different from the next. The game is best enjoyed with friends, as it supports  local and online multiplayer.  Playing with friends will fill each session with plenty of laughter and joy. The main goal of each level is to get to the trophy at the end of the stage before all of your friends. Alternatively, you can play some of the other, non-racing modes such as King of the Hill, and Arena. Run_Footage.mp4.Still005.0.png

The game is very fluid and looks quite good on the New Nintendo 3DS’s screen, however it still pales in comparison to the Wii U version. It should be noted that the game does crash every now and again, but this is likely to be patched relatively soon.

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Runbow Pocket Deluxe is an extremely fun game to play with others that provides hours of replayable fun. However, if you are planning on playing this by yourself, you may find yourself feeling finished with the game rather early into its potential lifespan. Runbow is well worth the cost of entry with others, but I’d suggest waiting for a sale if you prefer to go solo.


*Review key provided by 13 AM Games

[US] WayForward Announce That Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Releases On Switch In North America June 8th As Well

After the news was revealed that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was coming to Switch on June 8th in Europe, WayForward have announced that the loveable Shantae will be belly dancing her way onto the North American eShop on the same day.

Source: WayForward (Twitter)

[Europe] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Coming To Switch June 8th

Not too long ago, WayForward announced that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be coming to the Nintendo Switch some time in Summer. Well it appears that Summer must be upon us already as a listing for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has appeared on the European eShop for Switch with a June 8th release date. There’s no news for a physical release but you can pick up the digital version for £15.99/€16.99. North America will most likely see a release on the same day.

Here is an overview of the game that has come from the eShop listing.

Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure! When a mysterious crime wave sweeps Seguin Land, it’s up to Half-Genie Hero Shantae to save the day! Use Shantae’s devastating Hair-Whip Attack to send monsters flying, or Belly Dance to transform into a more powerful creature form! Topple the masterminds behind each criminal caper and prepare for the ultimate showdown against Shantae’s arch nemesis – the bodacious buccaneer Risky Boots!

Key features:

– Feel the beat with over 150 different HD Rumble events!
– Shantae’s trademark moves return! Dance or transform into all-new and classic creatures, or summon magical attacks! Over a dozen dances to discover in all!
– New Relic System allows players to unlock new powers and customize moves for Shantae in her many forms!
– Conquer arcade-style action stages that unfold into a full world to explore. Fast action and quest-style exploration rolled into one!
– When Shantae’s story ends, you’re just getting started! DLC Modes introduce new characters, levels, and bosses!
– Huge Bosses, humerous dialogue, and the wonderfully weird Shantae cast returns, now in fully animated HD!

And of course, here are some screenshots courtesy of Nintendo Everything that have come from the Switch eShop listing for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

WayForward Confirm Physical Release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for Nintendo Switch

For a long time gamers and fans of the Shantae series alike have been harbouring thoughts that a Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Switch release was going and guess what? It is!


 Not only has WayForward on Twitter confirmed the recent Shantae game for the new Nintendo console, but it will release this Summer and XSEED Games are on board to handle the physical release. But before we get to excited about that, it doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a physical release for North America and Europe, as there wasn’t for the Wii U version of the game, but here’s hoping we’ll get confirmation and soon. Continue reading WayForward Confirm Physical Release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for Nintendo Switch

[April Fool’s] WayForward “Announces” Shantae: Demakeified!

April Fool’s continues and finding itself the focus of this article, is a “remaster” we’ve always wanted, a reimagining of the first Shantae game!


Only I won’t have to use my own words to tell you all about it, as WayForward have gone all out with the announcement that they’ve even sent out a press release for the mock title and you can see it all right here:


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Play the original SHANTAE in a whole new way:

Shantae: Demakeified!


Valencia, Calif. – 04/01/2017 — We are thrilled today to announce the re-imagining of a WayForward classic: Shantae: Demakeified!


First released on the Game Boy Color in 2002, the original Shantae game sold over 8,000 copies and spawned a generation of diehard fans, as well as several sequel products: Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, and the just-released Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (all available now on PC Steam and consoles).


But fans have been asking – nay, BEGGING – WayForward to recreate Shantae’s first adventure for modern gaming systems. Well today, we answer that beg! WayForward has a rich history of recreating classic games with updated visuals, audio, and storytelling. But let’s face it, remakes and remasters are so 2016. What the kids love these days is DE-MAKES!


Shantae: Demakeified! is a painstaking recreation of the 2002 Game Boy Color game, with all-new reduced visuals, removed animation frames, and compressed audio! It includes most of the game’s original levels, plus no new content (because we couldn’t fit much on the cart). Gameplay has been redesigned to work with a single-button input, adding a whole new layer of challenge to jumping, attacking, or just walking around.

And for people who are “so over” de-makes, there’s a special unlockable mode: Shantae De-Demakeified! Stare with befuddlement at randomly-colored squares that slide around onscreen and might possibly represent characters. Struggle to figure out basic mobility, just like Grand-Dad did back in 1982. More retro equals more fun!



Shantae: Demakeified! is available Fall 2017 on all consoles with an RF output. For more information on this title and all WayForward games, head to




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The whole “available Fall 2017” is a nice touch, nothing screams April Fool’s louder than that and with the day still not over, we can expect another hijinks or two! Have you got a favourite joke news article that broke today? Let us know!



            Source: WayForward PR

[Video] Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s New Hard Core Mode Gets its Own Official Trailer

A little later today, a free update for Shantae: Half Genie Hero will roll out to all platforms and with it comes the all new Hard Core mode and while the update is not out yet, a new trailer is available for viewing now to get us all in the mood and you can see it right here:

As previously stated in the recent Kickstarter update, the new mode includes the following:

  • Pain and suffering!
  • Harder hitting enemies!
  • Faster enemy patterns!
  • Faster scroll speeds!
  • Remixed enemy locations, and more of ‘em!
  • New Boss patterns, attacks, and stats!
  • Healing Items capped at six!
  • Re-balanced magic items!
  • Poor Shantae!


Source: WayForward (YouTube)


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