Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the follow-up to WayForward’s cult GameBoy Color platformer, is set to strut its stuff on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Having already crossed its Kickstarter target with time to spare, the studio is now hoping to hit a couple of stretch goals. At the time of writing, the title needs to raise a further $80,000 to guarantee the inclusion of a handful of game-changing costumes. Another $100,000 on top of that will ensure a bonus chapter is added to the campaign.
But what is the title all about? “Shantae is the name of the half-genie main character who carves through enemies with her destructive ponytail, and belly dances to transform into mythological creatures, animals, [and] swords,” creative director Matt Bozon told the PlayStation Blog. “There aren’t many games that include the art of sensual dance as a main game mechanic, but Shantae pulls it off nicely.”
As is the trend these days, Half-Genie Hero follows in the footsteps of Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, allowing you to gradually explore more of the title's world as you power up and unlock new abilities. It also promises to look the part: “WayForward puts its traditional feature film style animation in the front row alongside rock solid gameplay, which has its roots firmly planted in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of classic gaming,” added Bozon.
A measly $15 pledge will ensure that you receive the release on your platform of choice when it deploys next year. It’s been in development for a while, so this isn’t one of those Kickstarter campaigns that’s based purely on ideas – it’s an actual game. Are you planning to drop a few rupees into WayForward’s production bank? Let us know in the comments section below.
[source kickstarter.com, via blog.us.playstation.com]
Woo!! I'm glad to hear this! I haven't checked on the page in a few days, so I was eager for this to come to the Vita.
Now we just need that River City Ransom HD to hit the Vita, and all will be right with the world.
Im buying this for wiiu, sorry sony, you already get 90% of my money and time.
Wayforwards is given all those that pledge for a game on Shantae Kickstarter 3 exclusive rewards.
Blue Outfit - http://tinyurl.com/nf7xeef
Red Risky Boots - http://tinyurl.com/pflbnm3
Drift blade - http://tinyurl.com/o9jqmmu
I keep seeing the original in the [checks over shoulder] 3DS eShop virtual console thing, wondering what the heck it is. Definitely had a GBC and never heard of it before a few weeks ago. That quote sure clarifies things lol
@charlesnarles: Shantae was one of the last GBC games ever released, which resulted in a small print, low sales, and cult following status. It's a really good series for hardcore action game players, and I recommend checking it out now that it's accessible cheap.
Don't forget the backer-exclusive Tinkerbat tier! Pledge at least $55 to get the Tinkerbat transformation, which is a totally kick-ass multipurpose spell only seen before if you played the original Shantae on a GBA.
Yep, already backed this game around the time I pledged to Mighty No 9. I'm going to go with the Wii U version for both games, although I will definitely be buying Mighty No 9 on Vita so I can have it on a handheld too, and I'll most likely be buying Shantae: Half Genie Hero on Vita as well. I love the 3DS, but I gotta go Vita for games like these...
There's also a DSi Ware sequel available on eShop called Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and a 3rd game, a 3DS Ware exclusive called Shantae And The Pirate's Curse, set to release any time now.
If I get this it will be for Vita, don't think I'd ever get it on a home console as these games just seem better for handhelds, although I wouldn't mind a crossbuy option with PS4. Either way, I'm glad this series is heading to Sony's platforms, nothing against 3DS, I just like the Vita's screen much better.
We STILL CAN PLEDGE VIA PAYPAL. PayPal will be open for sometime (few months). If you will pledge and get a copy via PayPal, you get all KickStarter exclusive benefits (extra costumes and weapon). Also, the amount will be add to stretch goals funding. More informations at: "http://shantae.net/shantae-hgh-support.html". You can check stretch goals list and funding on Kickstarter page. The page to pledge via Pay Pal is: "http://www.wayforward.com/shantae-half-genie-hero".
About DLCs: Wayforward already told that some strecht goals like voice acting and animated cutscenes can only be done before game development finishes. Anyway, if you can pledge to get your copy now, with exclusive extra costumes and weapon, and help the game to get more content, why wait to buy later with less free content?
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