The next chapter of the Shantae trilogy is currently in-development for the Nintendo 3DS…and as a new trailer reveals, the Nintendo Wii U.
The original Shantae released for the Game Boy Color in 2002. While the side-scrolling adventure/platformer title was re-released for the 3DS eShop (Virtual Console title), the original cartridge-based game is one of the rarest in the Game Boy Color library; a new copy sells for $1.339.95 on Amazon, while used ones sell for only $248.99. While Shantae was met with mixed reviews, the DSiWare sequel Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was a critically-acclaimed, well praised title. Last year, developer WayForward released a trailer for the next title in the Shantae trilogy- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. The Nintendo 3DS title is set shortly after the events of Risky’s Revenge; having lost her powers Shantae must join series pirate-antagonist Risky Boots in order to tackle a higher foe.
A new trailer was released for E3 this morning, highlighting the new art style, new mechanics, weapons, and a new character. The E3 trailer for Pirate’s Curse also reveals that the next installment will also be available for the Wii U:
While an official release date has not been announced, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is scheduled to release sometime this year. Last September, WayForward opened a Kickstarter campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. A prequel to the series, Half-Genie Hero would focus on Shantae’s origins, and her first experiences with her developing genie abilities. The Kickstarter campaign was a success, as fans contributed $776,084, surpassing the initial goal of $400,000. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is projected to release in Oct. 2014 for PC, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita and Vita TV.