WayForward's Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Hits Kickstarter

ShantaeShantae was a game released for the Game Boy Colour in 2002 by WayForward Technologies. Being released so close to the arrival of the Game Boy Advanced meant that many gamers didn't get the chance to play it, however, that is all set to change thanks WayForward's to the newest Kickstarter endeavour.

For those that missed out on Shantae the first time around (and if you did it's worth checking out in the 3DS eShop), it tells the story of a half-genie girl who has been appointed protector of a sleepy fishing village. Shantae's life is a quite one, but all that changes when the beatufil pirate captain Risky Boots invades the town and steals the local inventor's prototype steam engine. Knowing that with the steam engine Risky Boot's trail or terror would be unstopble, Shantae sets out accross the land of Sequin to retrive the steam engine and foil Risky Boots' plans.

Shantae took the form of a side-scrolling platformer that separated itself from the plethora of other platformers with some very interesting gameplay mechanics such as a day/night cycle that would effect hough tough enemies were (weaker during the day,stronger at night), determined when certain locations were accessible and when items would appear. The most enjoyable, however, was Shantae's magical dances. By pressing Select and then inputting specific button combinations in time with a funky, belly-dance like beat Shantae was able to transform herself into various animal types, allowing her access to previously unacceptable areas, new combat techniques and more. Add to this some great RPG elements and you had a cracking game.

WayForward's new game looks to be keeping the base gameplay of the original Shantae while delivering a brand new adventure. If the trailer is anything to go by, the game has adpoted a beautiful animation style full of bold colours and smooth movement and is set to look amazing on your HD screen.

With only 29 days to go WayForward has this far been pledged $71,160 of their $400,000 goal. There's a way to go yet, but hopefully the game will be able to meet its mark by the deadline. As with most Kickstarter campaigns there is a slew of rewards for those who do part with their money to support the game. If you need further reason to put your faith in WayForward, who bought us such great retro-remakes as Contra 4, A Boy and His Blab and Double Dragon Neon, then check out the impressive trailer at the link below.

Link: Shante: Half-Genie Hero on Kickstarter

Last Updated ( 05 September 2013 )  

Joe Douglas

A lover of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and dusty old video games, Joe is a Sega man through and through. Combining his love of collecting and blue hedgehogs, Joe runs the site SonicCollectors on which he attempts to build a database of Sonic merch. He is tolerated by one cat, two dogs and his girlfriend.

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+1 (Link to this comment) Sisee 2013-09-05 13:35
That's great, I never played any of the Shante games, but they do look fun.

But why are WayForward doing a kickstarter?

With the price they're asking for Ducktails Remastered, they're just taking the mickey now.

I'd like to see this happen (by the trailer it will either way) but let's have a better price tag for this.
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2013-09-05 13:59
Really excited for this...moreso than Mighty No. 9. I'll probably donate $200 to get the artbook. :)
(Link to this comment) suedehatbats 2013-09-07 16:59
This looks amazing. :)

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