Last time we looked at Shantae, the "forgotten genie of Capcom" had entered a rebirth when WayForward finally brought the titular heroine with "Risky's Revenge" for the Nintendo DS/3DS after a failed attempt for a sequel on the Game Boy Advance. Splitting away from Capcom, WayForward went on to continue making great games including Mighty Flip Champs, Sigma Star Saga, and most recently the highly-praised Ducktales: Remastered. But following the success of Risky's Revenge, the demand for more hair-whipping and bellydancing action was always there. So of course, WayForward once again grants the wishes of their fans and deliver with not one, but TWO new Shantae games to play with.
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for the Nintendo 3DS is expected for release later this year, continuing Shantae's story after being robbed of her genie powers by her heated rival Risky Boots following a betrayal by the zombie girl Rotty Tops. Even after winning the battle, it seemed Shantae ultimately lost the war with Risky being reduced to a normal human and having a bittersweet victory with what friends she had left in Scuttle Town. But now Pirate's Curse will see the unthinkable happen when Shantae must team up with Risky Boots to battle enemies forged out of what was her former henchmen powered with genie fragments. With no other alternative, Shantae will soon make use of new powers using "Pirate Gear" to thwart the revival of an ancient pirate more powerful than any enemy Shantae's ever faced. If players are up to the challenge, then plundering and pillaging shouldn't be trouble for a half-genie turned buccaneer.
But with that in mind, Shantae's next step is a giant leap for all genie-kind, as for the first time Shantae will make the transition from handhelds to console game with WayForward's new project, the recently announced "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero!" This game will look to be released on the current generation of consoles (X-Box 360, PS3, PSVita, Wii U, and Steam) as well as the oncoming new systems (X-Box One and PS4) for all gamers, old and new, to enjoy. Details about the game's story as to whether this is a sequel or a prequel are unknown as of now. What has been said surrounds a premise where Shantae wakes up at night and finds a magic fountain that shows her the "Genie Realm" and shows a great evil force going unleashed before she wakes up in her bed the next morning, questioning whether or not what she saw was a dream. The rest will come once the game is "ret-2-go."
There's one catch concerning Half-Genie Hero however, this game will only be a reality if WayForward raises enough money to fund the production. But that is where YOU come in. As of September 4th of this year, WayForward started the Shantae: Half Genie Hero Kickstarter, looking to rally their loyal fans for the financial support and bring the game to life for them, as well as including extras should they reach their stretch goals. The best part is that no good deed goes unpunished, as WayForward will give their backers all sorts of prizes and perks pertaining to the amount they donate towards the game. They have everything from OST soundtracks, digital and/or hardcopy art books, t-shirts, posters, coins, or even the chance to be included in the game. Those who donate a VERY generous amount can earn the privilege of going to a Wrap Party at WayForward HQ in California, and the highest bidders will be rewarded with a rare factory-sealed copy of the very first Shantae game for the Game Boy Color!
As of now, the team is only $100K away from the main goal, and miles further from the stretch goals that include bonus modes and extra chapters. So if you've been playing alongside Shantae all the way back a decade ago, or just recently jumped on her bandwagon, now's the time to give her the love she needs to take her place on the grander stage! She made your wishes come true for years, and now it's your turn to grant her biggest wish ever. Just go to the Kickstarter page and donate whatever you can to start what could potentially boost Shantae to be one of the greats in video game babe history!
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.