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Shantae has stayed true to its 2D roots since the original entry on the Game Boy Color nearly two decades ago. However, the studio has considered moving the series into the third dimension.

Shantae Co-creator Matt Bozon told USgamer in a recent interview:


It’s tough to believe that the Shantae series is nearly twenty years old. The adventure-platformer franchise first started out in 2002 with its debut entry on the Game Boy Color. WayForward is still continuing on with the IP having recently launched Shantae and the Seven Sirens, and it looks like the studio has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

One possibility for Shantae in the future is an animated series. At the very least, creator Matt Bozon and his wife Erin are interested in the idea.

Bozon told Comicbook in a new interview:

Although the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero met its goal and the campaign went well, some content included in stretch goals (such as more chapters) wasn’t funded. Might we see this in the form of DLC? Developer WayForward isn’t ruling out the possibility.

In an interview with The Mary Sue, the studio’s Matt Bozon stated:

“If we sold a lot of copies, and there was a lot of clamor for more DLC, that’s a possibility. The game lends itself to a lot of expansion if that’s what fans want! There will already be a ton of content with all of the stretch goal that were reached… costumes, extra characters, and Risky Boots Mode! There’s a ton of game there, but there’s always room for more!”

And of course, the interview wouldn’t be complete without a question about Smash Bros. and the chances of Shantae appearing. Here’s what Bozon had to say on that front:

“I’m really excited about Shantae being a possibility for Smash! How cool would that be? Amazing, right? I think stylistically she’d be a good fit, being something that exists somewhere between Mega Man and Peach. I’d hope she could recover in Harpy form, or maybe pull off some incredible dance and transformation for her Final Smash! I would love to see this happen, and if not now, then some time in the future!”


Destructoid recently conducted an interview with Matt Bozon, creative director at WayForward. Bozon primarily chatted about Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, though a couple of side-topics were brought up as well.

Bozon shared the following when asked why WayForward continues to show support for Wii U despite the relatively small install base:

We’ve been there supporting Nintendo with every system launch starting with the Game Boy Color. We want to be first in line to make games for these legendary platforms. Whether they reach a massive audience or not, Nintendo fans occupy an extremely loyal corner of the game industry. They like intelligent design and visually iconic characters, and they typically understand that games of high quality take time. Sure, we want our games to appear everywhere and be played by everyone, but I feel we have a real connection with Nintendo and its fans.

We’re working to expand our fan base, but Nintendo fans got us here which is why we go the extra mile to serve them when we can.

On another note, Bozon said that he’d “love” to see Shantae in Smash Bros. and would even be supportive of a Shantae amiibo.

Yes, I would love to play as her in Smash and I want a Shantae Amiibo. Her move set aligns nicely, since she dances to charge up her bigger moves, can get extra jumps by way of Cannon or Harpy Transformation. And she brings more girl power, and has been Nintendo exclusive since back on Game Boy. So yeah, Shantae.

But if I HAVE to choose someone else, then it’s easy. Bomberman! He’s has an enduring Nintendo legacy, comes in various colors, and his bomb-based move set would make him a blast to play.


WayForward’s Matt Bozon has shared a new release window for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. According to a tweet from Bozon, it will be out sometime between December 21 and March 19. That’d make a release this year very unlikely.

Bozon’s tweet reads:


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