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News: Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut is Nearing Release on Wii U

Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut is Nearing Release on Wii U

Both in Europe and North America

Shantae has had a bit of a comeback in the last couple years, and it was arguably all kicked off by Shantae: Risky's Revenge. After the original Shantae released on the Game Boy Color, there was a gap of about eight years before the game received its sequel on DSiWare. This was followed up a few years later by...

News: Wayforward Developer Discusses Shantae's Status as a Mascot, DLC is a possibility for Half-Genie Hero

Wayforward Developer Discusses Shantae's Status as a Mascot, DLC is a possibility for Half-Genie Hero

"There's a ton of game there, but there's always room for more!"

Wayforward is a studio that has made its name on the excellent 2D platformers that it's put it out. While titles like Ducktales: Remastered, Contra 4, and Aliens: Infestation do an excellent job of showcasing the studio's talent, it's Shantae – Wayforward's flagship franchise –...

News: Swapnote's Nikki is Revived as a Fan-Created Character in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Swapnote's Nikki is Revived as a Fan-Created Character in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Now known as 'Ikki' for copyright reasons, we suspect

We're still awaiting a release date for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the crowdfunded HD entry in the series that'll arrive either late this year or early in 2016, though WayForward is still ticking along and maintaining interest in the release. While doing so it's also fulfilling its duties to...

News: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Is Still Targeting a Holiday 2015 Release

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Is Still Targeting a Holiday 2015 Release

But it could slip!

We recently got our hands on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and felt it is shaping up really nicely, and could turn out to be something rather special indeed. The Kickstarter-funded project was originally targeted for an October 2014 release, but it's been held back so the talented artists and developers at WayForward can make the game...

First Impressions: Getting Down with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Getting Down with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Don’t call it a reboot

Among the indie stars that have graced Nintendo platforms over the years, it's easy to say that WayForward's Shantae is one of the most recognizable. Despite playing the lead role in only three games over the past decade, the scantily clad genie has managed to dance her way into the hearts of so many gamers

News: Shantae Premium 3DS HOME Themes are Hitting North America on 2nd April

Shantae Premium 3DS HOME Themes are Hitting North America on 2nd April

The heroine and Rottytops take centre stage

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse has been the latest hit for WayForward, released on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. The third franchise entry, it featured much of the IP's popular cast and was critically acclaimed. It arrived last October in North America and relatively recently in Europe, but WayForward has...

News: Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Exclusive cross-buy discount offer also announced

The last we heard from WayForward about the PAL localisation of Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse was in December with the announcement that the title had been delayed until early 2015. With the New Year now here, WayForward has delivered on its promise, announcing that the latest entry in the...

Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

More like a blessing

While WayForward has been working away on the crowd-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which will be released on every platform under the sun, it hasn't forgotten its Nintendo roots. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the final game of the "original" series, wraps up the storyline started in the original Game Boy Color title and...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

A virtual stocking filler

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse arrived on 3DS in North America in late October, though it's been delayed into 2015 in Europe. That delay announcement also indicated that the Wii U version will hit the EU alongside the portable original, but gamers in North America will have that HD option a little sooner.

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Wii U version also set for late January / early February

WayForward's Shantae And The Pirate's Curse is already out in North America on the 3DS eShop, and we think it's fantastic, but it's been a frustrating wait for localisation in PAL countries. Unfortunately, it's been confirmed that the previous goal to get the 2D action adventure game out this...

Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eShop)

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eShop)

A pirate’s life for me

It’s interesting to track the progression that WayForward's Shantae series has undergone over the past decade. Beginning in 2002, the original title was released on the Game Boy Color, an unfortunately timed release that was mostly overshadowed by the recent introduction of the Game Boy Advance. Despite an attempted sequel...

News: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Launch Trailer Whips Into Action

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Launch Trailer Whips Into Action

Wii U version coming this Winter

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse arrives in the 3DS eShop in North America this week for $19.99 — it's due in Europe "as soon as possible" — and WayForward is gearing up for the long awaited release. The IP is still very much the studio's main event, with this third entry having endured a number of delays; it's now...

Exclusive: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Is Also Coming to Wii U

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Is Also Coming to Wii U

Mini interview, screens and details galore to enjoy

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse is currently one of the most eagerly-awaited 3DS titles in the Nintendo Life office, but this is an adventure so epic that it simply couldn't be contained to a single system. We're pleased to share the exclusive early news that WayForward is also bringing Shantae's...

Developer Interview: WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

Moving onto bigger screens

WayForward is a company that seems to have two very different representations of itself. There's the contracting company that takes on projects for third-parties, some of which are excellent, crowd-pleasing projects and other movie spin-offs that perhaps aren't, and then there's WayForward the developer of its own...

News: WayForward Initially Planned a Shantae HD Title for the Wii U Launch

WayForward Initially Planned a Shantae HD Title for the Wii U Launch

"Half-Genie Hero could become our Symphony of the Night"

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a new HD entry in the series currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter; at the time of writing over $260,000 of the $400,000 target has been pledged with 21 days to go. It's an ambitious release from WayForward, which is set for a significant...

Review: Shantae (3DS eShop / GBC)

Shantae (3DS eShop / GBC)

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 enough genie-magic to keep it fresh and interesting for a modern audience. Shantae...