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Update: The theme will cost $1.99, as stated by Matt Bozon of WayForward.

WayForward has readied a new 3DS theme based on the Shantae series. Later this week, fans will be able to buy the Shantae Beach 3DS theme. It’s panorama style, and has music/voices.

We should be seeing the theme in North America on Thursday. Europe will have it on Friday.


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has mostly wrapped up development. WayForward say it’s now “content complete” and is shifting attention to fixing bugs.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was most recently targeted for September 27. Unfortunately, it’s now being moved back “by about 6 weeks, give or take.”

WayForward wrote in a Kickstarter update today:

“First things first – we are going to have to adjust our Target Release Date, moving it back from our 9/27 Target Release date by about 6 weeks, give or take. We know this will disappoint some of you, but we feel that it’s necessary to take that extra time for bug fixing and adding additional polish. We know you want the final product to be excellent and so do we! Thanks for your patience and support as we approach the finish line!”

The full Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter update can be read here.

Following several retailer leaks, Rising Star Games has officially announced the retail version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on 3DS. North America will have it on September 27 while the European release is scheduled for September 30. Pricing is set at $29.99 / £29.99 / €29.99.

WayForward, who developed Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is actually including some new content. The new physical version will include “Super Shantae Nab!!”, a new arcade-style game.

Here’s an overview of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse:

“In Shantae’s third and biggest adventure to date, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie must team up with her arch-nemesis, the nefarious Risky Boots, in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. By becoming a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons she can use to solve fiendish puzzles and battle fierce bosses.”

If you can’t wait for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse at retail, you can pick up a digital copy from the eShop. It’s available on 3DS in addition to Wii U.

Source: Rising Star Games PR

Update (8/3): Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse can now be pre-ordered on Amazon Canada. The retailer also lists a September 20 release date. Basically, expect it sometime in late September!

Original (8/2): GameFly has revealed the North American boxart for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. Get a look at it above.

On another note, GameFly now has Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for release at retail on September 27 (previously listed for September 20). The European version still looks to be planned for September 16, as Amazon Spain’s listing has not changed since we reported on the news last weekend.


Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse received a retail release in Japan late last year. Now the game could be getting the same treatment in North America. According to GameFly, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be hitting retail for 3DS on September 20.

GameFly has leaked several things in the past – such as the new version of Darksiders most recently. The page does list Maximum Games as the publisher though, which could be a mistake. SteamWorld Collection also has Maximum Games mentioned as the publisher, but we know that it’s actually Rising Star Games handling that one.

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Thanks to Nintendo World Report, we now have direct-feed footage from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. See it in the video below.

GameXplain has posted more off-screen footage of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero from the game’s E3 build. Watch the gameplay below.

The E3 2016 trailer for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is now in. Get the latest look at the title below.

Update 2 (6/13): 20% pre-order discount is now live for Shantae on Amazon.

Update (6/10): Pre-orders now live on Amazon. 20% Prime discount isn’t live yet, but we’ll let you know when it is.

Original (6/4): It’s been a huge week for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero news. XSEED announced that they’re working with WayForward on a retail version, and now we have a final release date.

GameStop has started accepting pre-orders here. The listing says that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be out on September 27, which WayForward confirmed on Twitter.

There’s also a tentative boxart:


The physical version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will go for $29.99. It’s the “Risky Beats” retail release featuring a copy of the game and a musical selections CD containing over 20 songs from the soundtrack.