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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the latest entry in the excellent WayForward series, has been a long time coming since it was successfully funded on Kickstarter. With a flashy HD engine and a multi-platform launch for the first time, it's clear that it's an important release for the developer.

WayForward has now confirmed that the title will be out on 27th September in North America, with the company tweeting a link to GameStop's US website which is listing the physical retail versions for that date. Thankfully the Wii U iteration is in there alongside PS4 and Vita, while WayForward has also clarified that both the download and disc versions will launch at the same time. The retail edition will be tempting, though, as publisher XSEED recently confirmed that it'll include a CD with 20 songs from the game.

It's certainly welcome news, albeit it's arriving later than previously hoped. Here's hoping the ambition behind this project and the attractive visuals contribute to a stand-out entry in the series.

With thanks to Benson for the heads up.