Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Posted by davidludwig
Sep 25 2013

I don’t think I’ll be able to get back to regular updates this year, but this week at least I’m going to drive a couple shout-outs for worthy games through the built up digital dust so as to share them with people who hopefully will find the new posts–and possibly consider coming back in January by when I hope to be back to a regular update schedule. Bring your own digital dust mask in case of allergies.

Today’s game is actually in the process of raising money on Kickstarter right now! WayForward‘s “Shantae: Half-Genie Hero”!

I personally discovered the Shantae series through fan art in various corners of the internet, and the characters looked so awesome and lovable that I had to track down what they were from–as it turned out Shantae. Probably the quickest way to get up to speed on Shantae is this recent video from E-Heroes.

There are (sort of) three Shantae games to date. The original Shantae was for the Gameboy Color, which I never owned, and so I never got to play it. Though I did watch Brickroad’s Let’s Play series and am glad I did.

Eventually the charming and original series was graced with a sequel, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, for the Nintendo DS–which I also never owned–but then later ported to the iPad so that I could finally play a Shantae game! Granted, simulating a physical controller and buttons on a touch screen will always suck. Badly. Even if you’re as amazing and meticulous a company as WayForward. They did a good job of re-balancing the game to account for that problem, but who wouldn’t rather play the game as it was intended? Sadly, that just isn’t an option for me.
Still, I have greatly enjoyed being able to play the game at all–and for anyone interested it’s a free download in the App store as part of their promotion for the upcoming Half-Genie Hero.

The sort-of third game is Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse–which isn’t actually out yet. But it’s coming soon for the Nintendo 3DS, which I also do not have… I’m thinking I may have to finally get a real handheld system again to get a proper Shantae fix (and catch up on some missed Zelda titles while I’m at it).

But the game that’s prompting this post is the, thankfully funded, 4th Shantae game which would be for such home consoles as the PS3, WiiU, PS4, Xbox 360 and more! Thanks to PS3 on that list I’ll actually be able to play Shantae: Half-Genie Hero when it comes out without having to purchase a new system or settle for touch screen controls!

So here’s the part where I implore you to head over the WayForward’s Kickstarter campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and at least watch their cool video. If you like awesome stories with a little tongue in cheek, a lot of humor and original and endearing characters then I think you should pledge at least a little to their campaign just to be a part of something amazing. If you like gorgeous hand drawn animation and exquisitely executed classic video games then I really think you should pledge what you can to their campaign and get your hands on what is sure to be a real gem.

If you like both of those things like me and can spare $5 or more, then I don’t think there’s any excuse not to back Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

After some dance lessons from half-genie, Shantae, the Lost Girls’ Society is Ret 2 Go!


So here’s the state of things;

With over $400,000 raised already, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is happening. Pledge now and you’re guaranteed the reward for the level you pledge at.

There is still a little over a week left in the campaign, and with so many unmet Stretch Goals more pledges will still be able to make this project even better for everyone in very appreciable ways.

In particular I feel like we need to reach the $700,000 to get the Costume Swap stretch goal implemented!

So here’s my particular plea for reaching this goal; if the Shantae Kickstarter reaches the Costume Swap Stretch Goal then I will do another drawing of the Lost Girls’ Society belly-dancing in alternate costumes. I know my art isn’t that great, but there have got to be a few people who would like to see that–plus it’s another post this year.

There are plenty more costumes to choose from than just the Bikini, Ninja, and Switch Force, and I’ll take comments regarding which costumes people most want to see the Lost Girls in–which are free to include other Shantae costumes from the Kickstarter or its updates.

Now to clean through my backlog of comments from while I’ve been offline.

2 Responses

  1. davidludwig says:

    Just to keep everyone up to date, there are now only a few days left to get in on the Shantae Kickstarter!

    We’ve passed $500,000 dollars, the first Stretch Goal, but we need to get to $700,000 dollars for the Costume Swap Goal and another Lost Girls/Shantae visual team-up on this site!

    If 40,000 new people donated $5 for the cool Shantae Wallpaper then that’d be more than enough! It sounds like a lot of people, but it isn’t a lot of money per person and odds are there are than many people who would like the project and just don’t know about it yet! So tell people!

    And it only takes a pledge of $15 to get the entire game when it comes out AND the wallpaper. This is a creative and fun console game from a strong group for $15, when most console games these days cost $50-60! It’d take a third fewer people at that level to reach the Costume Swap Goal, and they would all be able to directly benefit from it!

    Anyway, that’s my spiel. Feel free to vote regarding the Lost Girls’ Costumes even if you can’t afford to support the game itself, and expect my next post regarding the other game I’m passionate about right now tomorrow or the day after.

  2. The stretch goal was reached!

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