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WayForward has a pair of Shantae 3DS themes lined up for North America next week. The ones above are slated for April 2. Both feature panoramic backgrounds, custom tunes by Jake (Virt) Kaufman, and character voices by Cristina Vee.

Shantae’s 3DS themes should be coming to other territories in due time as well. We’ll let you know when we hear something for additional regions.


WayForward is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special sale. Starting next week, Wii U and 3DS owners can save on the Mighty Switch Force! games as well as Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.

Here’s the full rundown:

Nintendo 3DS eShop (3/12/-3/19, North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand):

Mighty Switch Force! (3DS) – 75% off
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (3DS) – 75% off
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS) – 25% off

Nintendo Wii U eShop (3/12/-3/19, North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand):

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U) – 75% off
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U) – 75% off
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U) – 25% off

Source: WayForward PR

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse finally has a release date for Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. WayForward confirmed on its Twitter account today that the game is due out on February 5. This applies to both versions of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – Wii U and 3DS.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a 322 MB download on Wii U. How does that stack up to the 3DS version? On 3DS, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse eats up 2,315 blocks of space, which translates to roughly 289 MB.


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.


Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is launching for Wii U next week. Today, WayForward confirmed that the game will be available on December 25 in North America.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse previously released for 3DS back in late October.

Like the 3DS release, Shantae will cost $19.99 on Nintendo’s home console. Here’s a look at the Wii U features:

• HD character portraits by Mega Man developer IntiCreates
• Off-TV play
• Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller support
• Unlockable Pirate-Mode
• Multiple endings
• Epic original soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman

Source: WayForward PR

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