Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Gets Some Saucy Updates

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | Color Study

You all are perhaps familiar with Shantae, the fun and unique platformer series from WayForward. So it’s probably not news that they are putting together a new Shantae adventure, Half-Genie Hero, as a Kickstarter for pretty much every console out there. This new adventure is in HD, features a vibrant new art style by Mariel Cartwright, the talented artist best known for Skullgirls, and has music composed by Jake “Virt” Kaufman and sung by Cristina Vee.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | Cristina Vee

Cristina Vee

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | Mariel Cartwright

Mariel Cartwright

You can find more about the musical prowess of Virt in the following interview.

Another really exciting update is the fact that Half-Genie Hero will now be available for Vita owners and on Vita TV (provided the game is funded). What is especially exciting about this is the fact that it will be part of the basic funding, not a stretch goal. So if it gets funded, the Vita port—among others—will be green-lit. Personally, I’m happy for the series to be available for as many consoles as possible, just so long as I get to play it on my own Wii U.

Besides all these goodies, they also provided a detailed storyboard describing the introductory sequence in the game, complete with pretty pictures. Take a gander and just try not to get excited.

Shantae Half Genie Hero | oprainfall

Shantae Half Genie Hero | oprainfall

Shantae Half Genie Hero | oprainfall

In closing, while Half-Genie Hero is close to being funded, it’s not quite there yet. They still have 3 weeks left, and funding has slowed quite a bit since its blistering start. They only need to get to $400,000 (USD) for Half-Genie Hero be a reality (it’s so far sitting at just over $240,000), so they still need your help. Besides that, there are some very cool stretch goals I would love to see made into a reality, such as Risky Mode, WayForward costume swaps and some bonus chapters.

If you’re interested, check out their Kickstarter page. In the meantime, enjoy the bumping tunes, lovely lyrics by Cristina and sweet graphics in their trailer!

About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!




  • James Best

    I never played Shantae before. I need to catch up.

    • RagunaXL

      I bit on shantae early. I love wayforward and their games. but I was really disappointed in shantae. I feel like i’m taking crazy pills because everyone is nuts over it. take the worst aspects of Zelda II and Castlevania II and combine that with villians that spawn at your feet, so you are always moving, but the level is riddled with holes and birds that dive bomb you if you jump. it’s bad. wayforward and their other games great. that’s what is so sad about it.

    • Alex

      For some reason, I got charmed by those aspects. I suppose it fed my inner masochist. They fixed all of that in Risky’s Revenge if you’re curious. So you might want to give the series another go.

  • Noah

    Am I the only one who finds it weird that they turned Shantae white?

    • Josh S.

      That’s actually just the new dynamic lighting. She appears a ghostly white at night time, and normal color during the day.