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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: May 8, 2018 (US), April 27, 2018 (EU)

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'Shantae: Half-Genie Hero' (ALL) Ultimate Day One Edition Sells out in Record Time

by Rainier on May 18, 2018 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT

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 Switch exclusive physical “Ultimate Day One Edition” launch edition of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is shimmying off store shelves at a record rate, making it one of XSEED Games' fastest-selling limited editions to date.

Sadly, the party can’t last forever, and supplies of the “Ultimate Day One Edition” have all been shipped to retailers, so once retailers sell through their current inventory, this edition will be gone forever. For Shantae fans who missed out but still want to secure a retail copy of the game, the “Ultimate Day One Edition” will be replaced in the coming weeks by a standalone Nintendo Switch release titled Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition. This edition still contains the base game and all DLC, but omits the bonus art book and soundtrack.

“We’re blown away at how eager XSEED, WayForward, and Shantae fans were to get their hands on this limited edition for the Switch,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President at XSEED Games. “WayForward have been great to partner with, and have produced a truly fantastic game! We’re all humbled and excited by the reception and sales for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and are working hard to make sure we meet fan demand so that Shantae enthusiasts can have a physical version of the game to display in their collection.”

“This has been a long, wild, exciting ride from launching the Kickstarter through to this latest release,” said Shantae Director at WayForward, Matt Bozon. “Our fans have been incredible throughout this experience, and we couldn’t be happier with how everything has turned out for Shantae and our partnership with XSEED Games on the North American retail release. They came up with an amazing limited edition that really does justice to all the hard work our team put into Shantae’s latest adventure, and it has clearly been popular with all of our dedicated fans!”

The standalone Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition will soon be available at select retailers throughout North America at an MSRP of $39.99.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition is the complete celebration of one of Shantae's best-loved adventures. Bursting with digital bonus content, the Ultimate Edition contains the game itself, plus all former DLC extras including the Pirate Queen's Quest story expansion, the Friends To The End story expansion, Hard Core Mode and the upcoming Costume Pack mode, which unleashes the Ninja Shantae, Beach Shantae and Officer Shantae challenge modes.

Additionally, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition also contains all former “Backer-Exclusive” content from the hugely successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, enabling everybody access to the Tinkerbat Transformation and colour swaps. And, as a final treat for fans, the Ultimate Edition contains an exclusive blue swimsuit costume not available in any other edition.

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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