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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero released this past week, but WayForward’s work on the game is far from finished. In the immediate future, it will be receiving an update. This will be mostly comprised of bug fixes.

Also, while we knew about this previously, DLC is lined up for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, such as Blue Shantae, Tinkerbat Form, and other Kickstarter backer exclusive features. News about DLC will be shared at the beginning of 2017.

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System: Wii U
Release date: December 20, 2016
Developer: WayForward
Publisher WayForward


I’ve never been the biggest fan of Shantae games. In terms of presentation, they’ve always been top notch. With level design, I’ve always found them to be a little bit basic at best and a trudge of back-and-forth at worst. With Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, WayForward has done an impressive job remedying my faults with past entries. It definitely has its share of fetch-quest trade-sequence padding, but thanks to a revised game structure, this didn’t bother me as much as it might have on paper.

WayForward published an extended launch trailer for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero today. The game is out now digitally on the eShop, with the retail version following next week. View the video below.

Additional footage of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has come in specifically showing the Wii U version. Get a look at 40 minutes of gameplay below.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is nearly here on Wii U. To download the game, you’ll need 1,634 MB of free space.

Most Kickstarter backers actually already have access to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The digital version launches on December 20, followed by the retail release a week later.

Thanks to Andrew for the tip.

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WayForward previously announced that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero would be launching on December 20. The retail version will follow one week later on December 27, XSEED Games announced today.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to retail as the “Risky Beats Edition”. It includes a copy of the game along with a musical selections CD containing 30 songs from the soundtrack.

We’ve included the latest trailer below.

Source: XSEED PR

After several delays, we finally have a confirmed release date for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The game will release digitally for Wii U on December 20th in both Europe and North America.

Made public in a Kickstarter update, WayForward shared the news and noted that retail versions are still on the way.

If you’re curious about the retail versions, look to Xseed for an announcement shortly! Spread the word! Half-Genie Hero is just a couple of weeks away!

Furthermore, for those who backed the game on Kickstarter and are waiting for their Backer codes, WayForward had this to say:

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is out now, but only for a select group. Those who backed the game at the Early Access reward tier on Kickstarter received a PC code for the final version a couple of days ago. A massive amount of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero footage can be found below.

GameXplain host posted a video containing 15 minutes of footage from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. View the gameplay below.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero may finally have a release date – at least in Europe. An eShop listing has the game down for December 20. It will cost €16.99.

Here’s the listing in question:


WayForward hasn’t said anything official about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s release date, but we know that it’s coming very soon. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to hear that December 20 is final. If WayForward says anything new or if we receive some North American news, we’ll let you know.

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