WayForward launches Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter
posted on 09.04.13 at 01:32 PM EST by (@salromano)
Developer seeking $400,000 in funding for high-def Shantae.

WayForward has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an brand new high-definition entry in the Shantae series called Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

The game, which is seeking $400,000 in funding, is “already confirmed” for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Steam, and is scheduled for launch in October 2014.

It stars Shantae, a half-genie, half-human hybrid who hair-whips monsters with her ponytail and belly dances to transform into magical creatures. In Half-Genie Hero, all of her core gameplay elements will remain intact.

Story-wise, the game begins when Shantae is awoken from a deep sleep, leading her to plunge into the moonlit forest for answers. In Scuttle Town nearby, she discovers a mysterious trapdoor leading to a luminous subterranean cavern. Touching its waters after a familiar voice calls out, Shantae is whisked away to the Genie Realm. At her feet, a magical seal swells as powerful evil seeks to escape. Suddenly, the chamber trembles and all goes white.

The game will be played out in chapters, with each introducing new subplots, friends, enemies, transformations, puzzles, hazards, and boss fights. Players can revisit earlier chapters with newly acquired abilities to unlock new paths, powers, and plot lines.

Find more details on the game’s Kickstarter page.

  • Anime10121

    Like the way it looks, however I wish they coulda waited until Mighty’s KS was done first, asi can see one infringing upon the others success (what with both being side scrolling platformers with more than likely overlapping fanbases).

    • Arcana Gear

      yes i see it too, i already spotted some hate on mighty kickstarter comments page, i think many people just put everything on mighty and now cant contribute much on shantae.

    • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

      Shantae isn’t a platformer though. Unless you consider Metroidvanias platformers instead of Action Adventure.

  • shogunknight

    Lots of games popping up on kickstarter recently. Looks good though

  • dez112

    Looks pretty good. I hope the kickstarter can reach its target.

  • LordKaiser

    Kick-starter is slowly reviving dead IPs, this is nice.

  • crimsonidol
    • Sevyne

      No matter what it was coming to I was already sold on getting it. Now, I’m sold on it twice. I’ll get both a console one and a Vita version if it actually happens!

    • Elvick

      Hope it comes to Vita too. Gladly buy it twice.

    • Arcana Gear

      yayy! the vita is perfect for plataform games, it just need more love!

  • Sevyne

    I’m totally on board for this one. My one gripe so far though is that they need to darken her skin. She’s supposed to be a tan color, not this pasty white that is being shown.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      They said they’d fix it.

      • Sevyne

        Yeah, I was just reading through the comments. I do like that they are taking a lot of the comments into consideration while crafting the game.

        It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker of course. I’d still get it and love it, but it was a minor gripe.

        • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

          Would for me.

          • Sevyne

            That’s rather shallow if something as minor as that would be a deal breaker imo. It wouldn’t make the game itself any less fun.

            • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥
              • Sevyne

                In my eyes yes it is extremely shallow. It’s not like they intentionally did it to cater to a certain audience. They even point out that they went through all of the variations of Shantae and noticed this one was the lightest of them all, and they’re probably going to change it. You act as if they are being racist or something.

                • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥


                  (sigh)

                  • Sevyne

                    No I perfectly got your point and it still is just as ridiculous. Linking a dumb picture doesn’t change that. You are making a big deal out of something so minor. Whatever though. Nothing I say will sway that anyway. Continue to live in ignorance and let completely harmless things ruin your experiences.

                    • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

                      No, you ABSOLUTELY DID NOT get my point. You keep going off on tangents and throwing up arguments that have nothing to do with anything. Fine then.

                      What do you think my point is?

                    • Sevyne

                      Moderator – Thanks for dropping this and moving on.

                    • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

                      Moderator – Thanks for dropping this and moving on.

  • Arcana Gear

    looks neat, and it’s for vita! i love playing these kind of games on a portable lying on my bed.

    • Silver Citizen

      Uh, it’s not confirmed for Vita.

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

    Please support this guys. I don’t want to have to kill everyone in a blind rage because it failed.

  • Jonathan Patko

    Totally confirmed for Vita and nearly 75% funded.