Shantae Gets Physical Courtesy of Limited Run Games

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

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It’s no surprise that I’m the one writing up this news. After all, I’m the biggest genie fanatic at the oprainfall site. But I also have a bit of a secret to reveal – I’m not a huge fan of the game that started the series. Actually, the first game I played in the Shantae series was Risky’s Revenge, and I really enjoyed it. Later on when the original adventure was re-released on the 3DS eShop, I found the archaic mechanics a bit hard to wrap my head around. I didn’t hate the game, I just felt it has evolved much better since that release.

Shantae | Beach fun

But the reason all that’s relevant is today WayForward has announced another collaboration with Limited Run Games. And it’s gonna make both the original Shantae and Risky’s Revenge physical releases! Better yet, there’s one edition of the original game that is gonna be fully compatible with the Game Boy Advance. Which is a nice touch. You can read more all about it in the press release below!

WayForward is pleased to announce
The Original Shantae and
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut
Physical Preorders Begin Sept. 11

Get a double dose of Shantae on Nintendo Switch and as a GBC repro cart
from Limited Run Games!


Classic game fans’ wishes are about to come true — no magic lamp required! Independent development studio WayForward is ecstatic to announce that starting on Sept. 11, 2020, new physical editions of the first two games in the Shantae series will be available for preorder from Limited Run Games. Both the original Shantae and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut will be offered as physical releases on Nintendo Switch for the first time, alongside a highly demanded Game Boy Color reproduction cartridge of the original Shantae, which is fully playable on any compatible hardware. All versions will be available as open preorders for four weeks.

Shantae | GBC Limited Run

Shantae – GBC repro cart and Switch version

First launched in 2002 for Game Boy Color, the original Shantae is the groundbreaking action-adventure-platformer that introduced players to the eponymous Half-Genie heroine. Featuring a pixel-perfect adaptation of Shantae’s debut, the Switch and repro cart versions contain all of the hair-whipping, dancing, transformation-filled action that started it all, including the special Game Boy Advance functionality of the classic release.

Rated E by the ESRB, the game will be available as a standard edition ($29.99/Switch; $44.99/repro cart) and a collector’s edition ($64.99/Switch; $74.99/repro cart).

The Switch collector’s edition includes the game, SteelBook case, soundtrack CD, enamel pin, acrylic standee, silver-colored commemorative metal coin, and reversible poster in a foil collector’s edition box.

The GBC repro cart collector’s edition includes an exclusive atomic purple game cartridge (the standard cartridge is clear), soundtrack CD, enamel pin, two acrylic standees, gold-colored commemorative metal coin, and reversible poster.

Shantae | Risky's Revenge

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is an upgraded version of the second game in the Shantae series, which was initially released digitally for the Nintendo DSi in 2010. Expanding upon the gameplay of its predecessor, the game lets players once again take control of Shantae and explore a variety of environments as they battle the dastardly Barons of Sequin Land and Shantae’s nemesis, the nefarious lady pirate, Risky Boots. As with previous releases of the Director’s Cut, the Switch version is rated E10+ and includes enhancements such as improved navigation, HD character portraits, and an unlockable Magic Mode.

Both a standard physical edition and a collector’s edition (which includes the game, a SteelBook case, soundtrack CD, acrylic standee, enamel pin, commemorative metal coin, and reversible poster) will be available, priced at $29.99 and $64.99 respectively.

Digital Releases

For players looking to enjoy these classic Shantae titles digitally, the original Shantae will be available in the months ahead via the Nintendo Switch eShop, and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut will be downloadable on Switch, Xbox One, and Windows 10 in addition to currently offered digital platforms. Specific release dates have yet to be announced.

About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.