After a few delays, the final chapter of the Shantae trilogy arrives on the Nintendo 3DS eShop next Thursday.
Shantae got her start back on the Game Boy Color in 2002. WayForward’s platforming adventure with the young “half-genie” received mixed-reception among reviewers, but has since become a cult-classic; the original Shantae is one of the Game Boy Color’s rarest games, often selling for more than $200…and in one particular case, over $1,000.
The series was revived on the Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) with Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. The second game in the series, Risky’s Revenge featured improved visuals, a touch-screen inventory system, and the vastly expanded overworld of Scuttle Town and various environments within Sequin Land; some areas even feature foreground and background areas. Announced in 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be the final game in the current trilogy. After the events of Risky’s Revenge, Shantae is robbed of her magical abilities. Her pirate nemesis Risky Boots requests Shantae’s help, revealing that her powers were actually sealed within 30 crystal shards; Risky’s pirates have obtained some of these shards, and have become powerful enough to stage a rebellion against her. The two are reluctantly forced to team up in order to restore Shantae’s powers, and to prevent the pirate’s plan to revive the supernatural Pirate Master.
A few days ago, WayForward finally released an official release date for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse- Oct. 23. The 2D, Metroid-inspired action-platformer will be available through the 3DS eShop for $19.99. Along with the release date, WayForward released a short character vignette featuring “everyone’s favorite zombie-girl”, the brains-and-coffee addict Rottytops:
Again, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will release on 10/23 via the 3DS eShop. A release date was not given, but Pirate’s Curse will also be available for the Wii U. Earlier this year, WayForward held a Kickstarter for a console prequel, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The crowdfunding campaign was a success, as fans donated over $770,000.