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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, WiiU
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: WayForward
Release Date: Spring 2018

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'Shantae: Half-Genie Hero' (ALL) Gets Ultimate Day One Edition On Switch - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2017 @ 8:53 a.m. PST

Vibrant, high-definition graphics bring new detail to the series’ charming hand-drawn sprites, which take center stage in this engaging 2.5D entry along with the franchise's signature action-packed platforming and heavy exploration elements.

Following three highly successful releases with Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero reacquaints players with the cast of Shantae in full HD.

In the beautiful, magical world of Sequin Land lives a spirited young half-genie named Shantae. Gifted with a special ability to belly-dance and transform herself into various creature forms (not to mention the most powerful ponytail in the world!), Shantae has dedicated her life to defending Scuttle Town from evil in its many forms! So far she’s kept her home safe from steam-powered pirates, undead evildoers, and militaristic madmen, proving time and again that there’s nothing this genie-girl can’t handle.

However, as certain as the rising tides, Scuttle Town is about to fall victim to another nefarious scheme by the pirate captain and self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots! No citizen of Sequin land is safe!

Shantae’s invention-obsessed uncle has just discovered a new and limitless source of power by mixing magic with magnetism – a power that Risky Boots wants all for herself! But that’s not all: villainy is on the rise all across Sequin Land, and our poor Shantae can’t be everywhere at once. Is she hero enough to topple this wave of criminal masterminds and still make time to foil Risky’s latest scheme?


The Nintendo Switch exclusive “Ultimate Day One Edition” physical release includes the game’s groovy 30-song ‘Risky Beats’ soundtrack on CD, a dreamy new art book, and plenty of company for Shantae with the bundled ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’ DLC, as well as the brand new ‘Costume Mode’ and ‘Friends Mode’ DLC.

Don the fancy hat, trade magic for good old-fashioned weapons and tools, and play the role of the bodacious (and ambiguously evil) buccaneer Risky Boots with the Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC. Having successfully stolen the powerful Dynamo from Shantae’s uncle, Risky Boots must now traverse the game to uncover the five mysterious components needed to upgrade the machine and bend Sequin Land to her will in this all-new adventure!

The “Ultimate Edition” also includes the new Costume Mode and Friends Mode DLC, because no dance party is complete without friends and costumes! Friends Mode takes Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops into her nightmare where they must find and save her from certain doom. This all-new storyline features ethereal new levels and a special boss encounter. Shantae’s wardrobe gets expanded, too, with the Costume Mode DLC, which provides three new arcade-style adventures for her to sashay her way through in style. Stick to the shadows as Ninja Shantae, soak in the sun as Beach Shantae, or lay down the law as the Mighty Switch Force-inspired Officer Shantae in these arresting new arcade adventures!

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero's Ultimate Day One Edition will be in stores for Nintendo Switch (and for PS4 in Europe) in Spring 2018, priced at $39.99.

Join Shantae as she adventures through steamy jungles, ancient ruins, counterfeit mermaid factories (what?), stormy deserts, ghoulish graveyards, and much, much more, all while struggling to unlock the long-lost secrets of her genie heritage. Can Shantae save Sequin Land once again? Or will Risky Boots finally succeed in ruling the world? All is not as it seems in this latest, greatest Shantae adventure!

The magical world of Sequin Land is more vibrant than ever with high-definition graphics that retain the charm of the original 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for. Shantae, the spirited young half-genie, must once again defend Scuttle Town as the pirate captain and self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots, plots to steal a newly discovered limitless source of power.

Non-stop action with immersive 2.5D environments and a new relic system give novice and expert players a uniquely tailored platforming experience. All of Sequin Land becomes a fully explorable world— after conquering massive bosses, the Arcade-style action stages can be revisited to discover new items and secrets based on experience gained.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is currently available for PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U.


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