Let's Talk About Shantae

Can we take just a moment to talk about how great Shantae is? Because it is so so good.

Yeah, okay – I’m late to the party. Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, developed by WayForward, was released back in 2010 for Nintendo’s DS so it’s been about 6 years. Plus, it’s a sequel to the original Shantae that released in 2002 for the Gameboy Color. ‘Late to the party’ may be a bit of an understatement…

Regardless of my ignorance, Shantae is a solid series, and immensely fun. Shantae is a platformer in the same vein as Metroid and Castlevania - containing a series of maps and landscapes that require multiple revisits, after expanding your arsenal, to uncover areas and secrets that were once inaccessible. You play as Shantae, the half-genie protector of scuttle town, who whips enemies with her hair, and transforms into different animals with special abilities.

The story is silly and hilariously self-aware. The 16-bit art-style is gorgeous, and wonderfully animated. You truly get a sense that there was a lot of love put into the game. The music is infectious; I find myself humming several of the tunes randomly throughout the day.

WayForward is currently working on the newest iteration of the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and it’s slated to release September 27 this year. I can’t wait. I’m seriously so excited to have gotten into the series at the perfect time. Go out and grab Risky’s Revenge andPirate’s Curse. They’re super affordable, very worth your time, and it’s the perfect time to get into the series in preparation for the upcoming release.