E3 Impressions: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a feast for the eyes

During my time at E3, I got to play a little of WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and the game looks simply incredible. The brief demo I played takes place in Scuttle Town which is under siege from Risky Boots and her minions, the Tinkerbats. As usual, I had to make use of my hair whip and fireball attacks to fight them off while platforming my way towards the port, where Risky Boots herself awaited me in her ship, placed on top of a giant snail like creature. One clever boss fight later, and Risky Boots was easily defeated.

I have only positive things to say about Half-Genie Hero. The multi-layered backgrounds are incredibly detailed, the animations are very fluid, and the controls were tight.  You could even make use of Shantae’s animal transformations, like the monkey, to make traversing the stage easier in addition to obtaining hard to reach items. If the rest of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is as fun as this taste of its gameplay, then I think it’s safe to bet that WayForward will have another hit on its hands.

About Joe Sigadel

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  • Mr0303

    My most anticipated 2D platformer. Love the artstyle and the animation reminds me of Rayman Legends, which one of my favourite games in the genre.

  • Aramis Montes Avila

    I need to ask, should I go with the vita Version or the WiiU I’m between keeping all on handheld or all on nintendo systems

    • Paychi

      I’d support Vita for reasons I won’t get into. But she’s at home on Nintendo. She was born on Gameboy Color.

    • Panpopo

      I bought the last shantae game for the Wii U, and it ran fine other than graphics looking a bit distorted on the big TV screen. It looked fine on the gamepad screen though, so I imagine this new game will be similar.

      I am buying the Vita version, but I am certain you cannot go wrong with either version.

    • Keichi Morisato

      i think you should go with which ever you feel most comfortable and will be using more often.