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A few days ago, WayForward announced that Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut would be coming to Europe on March 24. This date is now set in stone for North America as well. When Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut launches on March 24, it’ll cost $9.99.

Here’s the news from WayForward’s Twitter account:


Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut is due out on the European Wii U eShop on March 24, WayForward announced today. A North American date will be made public later.

WayForward just posted the following on its Twitter page:


Three 3DS themes from WayForward are heading to PAL regions soon. Ones based on Shantae, Rottytops, and Patricia Wagon are due out in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on March 18. All three are already available in North America and Japan.

WayForward tweeted earlier today:


Shantae: Risky’s Revenge originally landed on DSiWare back in 2010. It’s been on several platforms since then, and WayForward is now gearing up to bring it to the Wii U eShop.

The studio wrote in a Kickstarter update for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero today:

“Breaking news today for Shantae fans! Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut is moving into submissions at Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe. Now Wii U owners will be able to play the most popular Shantae game on the planet, with all of those fancy bonus features like the new Warp System, improved balancing, HD illustrations, and the infamous Magic Mode Costume!”

In other news, here’s a look at Tuki, an enemy in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero designed by a fan:


“This is it! The final Backer Enemy to appear in Half-Genie Hero! Say hello to Tuki, the sneaky, snakey seller of magical secrets by Backer Matt B! Matt B worked with our Matt B on several designs, and eventually landed on this devious shop keeper rather than a traditional combat enemy. Tuki will appear at various points throughout the game to offer the player new dances in exchange for old ones. What could go wrong? Traditional enemy? – No. Interesting choice? Abso-slither-lutely!””

Thanks to Andrew for the tip.


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!”


Swapnote’s Nikki lives! Well, sort of.

WayForward recently issued a new Shantae: Half-Genie Hero update to its Kickstarter backers, showing off the fan-made enemy called “Ikki”. The character, with its design and name, is a clear homage to the 3DS application’s guide.

Nintendo rolled out Swapnote in 2011 as a way for 3DS owners to message their friends. However, it was shut down about two years later. Nintendo said in its announcement that Swapnote had been used by some to “exchange offensive material,” and felt that ending the SpotPass feature would be the best way to remedy the situation.


WayForward updated the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero backer demo with a new level today. Footage from it is posted below.

Nintendo has published its latest indie interview coming from PAX Prime 2015. In this one, the company’s Damon Baker talks with WayForward about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Check it out below.

WayForward has come out with a number of screenshots from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. We’ve rounded them up below.

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