As it stands, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is already an excellent game, but we knew from the start that this is only the beginning. Due to an incredibly successful Kickstarter run, there's plenty of extra content coming via DLC, some free and some paid depending on whether or not you were an original backer. Though the meat of this DLC is still in the works right now, the first bit of new content has now arrived in the form of Hard Core Mode, a tough-as-nails difficulty that should challenge even the most seasoned of gamers.

Version 1.01 brings with it many bug fixes alongside the aforementioned difficulty setting, and it just went live for all platforms in all regions around the world. Except for North America, that is. Matt Bozon just tweeted today that the update has been delayed in that region until Thursday, though no reason was given. Still, at least it's only a couple more days.

What do you think? Will Hard Core Mode tempt you into replaying this? Were you an original backer? Drop us a comment in the section below.

[via twitter.com]