(GBC / Game Boy Color)

Shantae (GBC / Game Boy Color)

Game Profile

Have you ever heard of Sequin Land? It was once a magical place, protected from monsters and mishaps by beautiful Guardian Genies.

Their heroism won long years of peace, during which many of the genies fell in love with mortal men. The resulting offspring were all girls, seemingly human but with a trace of magical power, often lying dormant or manifesting in unusual ways. Thus half-genies came into the world.

Sadly, as the ages passed large numbers of Guardian Genies began to disappear from Sequin Land until not one remained. Many folks imagined that they had been captured inside bottles, while others believed that the genies had returned to their own realm. With the guardians gone, Sequin Land began to fall prey to evil.

In spite of their lack of skills, the daughters of the Genies made a decision to pool their powers and stand against evil as best they could. Few and far between, these half-genies traveled the land, each choosing a kingdom to guard until peace could be won again. As they struggle to keep the peace, new villains emerge and ancient foes return to wreak havoc on Sequin Land. Is this newest generation of Guardian Genies up to the challenge?

Game Review


Europe PAL Version

Posted by Mike Mason

Whip ya hair

Just over 11 years since its original release in 2002, Shantae has finally made it onto the 3DS Virtual Console – and it's the first time that it's been available in Europe too. Despite the long wait, WayForward's tricky 2D platformer is sprinkled with...

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User Comments (10)



Nickno said:

I would totally buy this, except for the fact that every game on amazon and/or ebay are in the $100's or so. :{ Stupid inflation.



shinesprite said:

Excellent game! This title has aged really well. I played through this game recently, and I would have to give it a 9.8/10. It is just that good!

The only reasons why I’m holding it back from a perfect score are: (1) The game feels a tad short (4 dungeons and a long Zelda-like boss area/fight). (2) The items, at times, seem more of an afterthought rather than an integrated part of gameplay and are mostly intended to help the weaker players. (3) It is often easy to loose your sense of direction. However, one could interpret the last point as part of the experience, rather than an actual flaw.

All in all, this is an absolutely splendid game which any gamer should be proud to call their own. If you have yet to play/watch a friend/watch a stranger play this game, you owe it to yourself to pick up/watch someone else play a copy of Shantae.


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