WayForward plans on bringing their sleeper-hit Shantae to other platforms, but to do so, they’re asking for the public’s help in the form of a Kickstarter campaign.
WayForward’s classic Nintendo franchise Shantae will be making the leap to Sony and Microsoft platforms, and even PC; however, this will only happen if their Kickstarter campaign is successful. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the fourth title in the series, and may be a prequel title explaining Shantae’s first adventure with her Genie abilities; Shantae is awakened from a deep sleep and transported to the Genie Realm, where she feels the power of an evil entity, only to find herself back in bed after a flash of white light. While Half-Genie Hero features a new art-style, all of the staple gameplay will remain intact, including an exploration-heavy open world with platforming elements influenced by the Metroid and Castlevania series, character and stat customization, and the ability to transform into animals to solve puzzles and open new areas. If the main goal of $400,000 is reached, stretch-goals include playing as series antagonist Risky Boots, extra Chapters, and extra ability-granting costumes.
The original Shantae for the Game Boy Color is one of the system’s rarest items, selling for close to $200; Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was a successful DSiWare digital title that was later ported to iOS; WayForward currently has another Shantae game in development for the Nintendo 3DS- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.
If Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is funded, it will be available around Oct. 2014 for PC, PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.