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A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
18,558 backers pledged $776,084 to help bring this project to life.

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Happy 2017, Backers!


2017 Kickoff!

We’re already a month into 2017, and what an exciting new year Shantae is having already! First, a huge thanks to everyone who helped make the launch of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero a huge success! Whether you pledged a lot or a little, helped promote, created content for the game, streamed, or demonstrated patience during the launch period, we want to extend a very heartfelt thank you!


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been very well received by Shantae Fans and the community as a whole! Go ahead and tell your family and friends that you backed a winner! Here’s what people are saying about your game!

  • 9/10 from Nintendo Life, Nintendo Force, Nintendo World Report, the SixthAxis, Digitally Downloaded 
  • 8/10 from Kotaku, IGN, Worth Playing, PlayStation Lifestyle, Gamespot 
  • Steam users have named it “Overwhelmingly Positive”, which requires a 95% positive review!

Reviews are still rolling in, but why not take a moment to pat each other on the back! Great job, everyone!!

So… What’s Next?

During the month of January, we’ve been doing some housecleaning. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

MISSING BACKER CODES: Over the holiday we expanded our support team to help get everyone taken care of! There are still a few people left to help, so we’re making this our top priority.

UPDATE 1.01: Since launch we’ve been fixing bugs! We’ve been snooping around social media, and digging through support emails to improve the game’s stability in numerous ways. Now we’re getting ready to submit Version 1.01, which will make all versions of the game up to date. This update will also contain a special “thank you” surprise, which we’ll reveal in our next Kickstarter Update - We hope you look forward to it!

PHYSICAL REWARDS: Work on the physical rewards has begun in earnest! T-shirts, the Collector’s Coin, Music CDs, the Lenticular Poster, and the Art Book are either being designed, are are in production. We’re prioritizing quality over timeliness, same as with the game. So thank you for being patient. You’ve waited a long time, and we want these things to be awesome!

DLC Content is in the Works!

The game may be over, but the DLC will continue! Here’s a quick status update on all of the DLC!

TINKERBAT DLC: The playable Tinkerbat form is now complete and in test! We expect this to be our first DLC release. We’ll have an ETA on that as soon as we’ve submitted Update 1.01.  

DLC MODES: We’ve already started work on the Risky Boots, Sky, Bolo, Rottytops, Beach, Ninja, and Officer Modes! We plan to release Risky Boots Mode first, and that’s where we’re putting the majority of our dev efforts now!  

BLUE SHANTAE, CLASSIC RISKY, and SWORD: This download code is planned to include all 3 of these features, and will arrive after the Risky Boots DLC drops. We need Risky’s mode to be completed before we can recolor her, and we want to lump all of this Backer content into a single submission to make the code distribution easier for everyone.

Credits Survey

Some Backers were not able to be credited in the game for a variety reasons - usually due to unsupported characters, character length, etc. We’re going to work with you to fix that ASAP! In the coming weeks we’ll be sending out a survey to everyone affected, so we can update the game with the right info. We’ll cover the specifics in our next Kickstarter Update, so look forward to that!

Goodbye to Early Access!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Early Access reward tier! Now that the game has shipped, the Early Access version (in it’s current form) will be discontinued. Since the Early Access version won’t be receiving bug-fixes or DLC, we’re shutting it down so that no one is confused, or playing the wrong version down the line. The game will revert to it’s previous “demo” state on March 1st. Thanks!

Playstation TV

As you may already know, support for the Playstation TV did not make it into the final product. If you’ve dreamed of playing PS Vita on the big screen, fret no longer! Today we’re happy to announce that PSTV support is back, and will be included in Update 1.01! Huge thanks to our friends at Xseed and Sony for helping us add this feature!


Goodbye for now!

Thank you, and here’s to a happy and productive 2017!

Surprise Reward!


Hi Backers!

Just when you thought we were done with 2016, we’ve got ONE MORE SURPRISE in store! Ahem!

Digital Soundtrack Cometh!

Hear ye, hear ye, all Backers at Tier $25 and above! We have just sent your Digital Soundtrack Reward!

To claim it, look for an email from Backerkit containing a link to nab your copy of the original soundtrack! As promised, this version of the original soundtrack contains tracks that are exclusive to Backers!

If you didn’t pledge enough to get the soundtrack, worry not! You can still purchase the physical OST, which is included in the “Risky Beats Edition” of the game, by Xseed, ( Or if you prefer your music in digital format, you can get directly from Jake’s Band Camp page, coming soon! These versions will not include the Backer Exclusive tracks.

Music CD Reward:

The music CD reward (for those who pledged $75 or above) is yet to come. We’ll have more details when we start the New Year! Remember, the music CD will include special artwork, and another Backer Exclusive bonus track!

Wishing you and yours a Happy & Harmonious Holiday Season!

Hi Backers!


Backer Codes for Wii U (EU) Are Here!

Jolly Old St. Nick swung by earlier today to deliver our missing Wii U (EU) Backer Codes! Apparently they were lost on the Island of Misfit Toys (translation: there was an error with a certain financial institution). We feel pretty lousy about getting these to our EU Backers AFTER the game’s launch. But we’re VERY glad they arrived before we break for the holidays.

As before, you’ve all been sent your codes via an email from Backerkit. If for any reason you can’t find your code, follow the instructions in Update #94!

We sincerely hope you all enjoy the game!

That’s a Wrap!

We’ve now completed our Backer Code distribution! The only exception are those of you who are waiting for a support email to be resolved, which are being solved as quickly as possible! 

Have a very Happy Holiday, and we’ll see you in 2017!  



Shantae’s First HD Adventure!

Today is the day! Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the game to which you have GRANTED LIFE ITSELF is now LIVE all over the world!! It’s SO AWESOME to see so many people enjoying the game that we made together! Reviews are rolling in, fans are going nuts... people are having a great time with Shantae’s newest outing!

Remember, if you get a chance - please take a moment today and throughout the week to post or retweet videos, fan art, reviews... or make use of the Fan Kit. Anything you can do to help promote the game is greatly appreciated!

Holiday Break is here!

What’s next? Well, to put it bluntly, we’re exhausted. We need to take a break for the holidays. Starting Friday Dec 23rd, we’re going to go dark for a couple of weeks. We will still be working through Backer Support emails, with our only real focus being to get any missing Backer codes sorted out.

If bugs are reported (and with this many platforms and territories, it’s highly probable), they’ll be sent to the development team so that we can get them into our first Game Update.

Game Update:

Speaking of which, we’ve been hard at work on our first Game Update, which will focus on general bug fixes. We’ve been watching Twitch streams and sifting through bug reports, and have fixed many of the problems which were found by Backers and Early Access Backers. Once we’re back from break, we’ll go through bug reports again, make the necessary repairs, and will give you an update... on the Update.

Status of Stretch Goals, DLC, and Rewards!

We’re already working on the DLC, and will have more information for you after break! In case you’re curious, BLUE SHANTAE, TINKERBAT FORM, and various Backer Exclusive features are not included in the launch version. We’ll deliver those separately later!

The chapter-based stretch goals (Sequence of Unfortunate Events” and “Fire and Forget”) are included in the release version of the game!

We’re already working on our digital and physical rewards as well! We’ll have an update for you once we’re into the new year. And remember that as Backers, you won’t have to pay for any DLC (even future paid DLC)! So when you see us announce new content in 2017, remember... it’s coming to you at no cost!

Happy Holidays to all of you!

See you next update!

Tomorrow is Shantae Day!


Launch Day!

December 20th 2016 is Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s launch day! It’s hard to believe that we’re finally there! Yes!! This is really happening!!! So... we’re just going to keep on saying it – THANK YOU for funding this project so we could bring it to life. We made this game together, and it’s time to present our hard work to the entire world!

You Can Help!

Let’s make LAUNCH DAY a huge success! You can help by making some noise! All of the money you’ve pledged went into game development, not into advertising. So we’re asking every Backer to contribute one more time - not with your wallets, but with your VOICE! Post, retweet, “like” a cool YouTube video, create or support a Twitch stream, or like/link your favorite Half-Genie Hero reviews! Let’s show the world what 22,000 Shantae fans can do!

...OR, if you’re feeling really creative, you can use our brand new Fan Kit ( which includes the newest promotional images, screenshots, and backgrounds.

Backer Code Support Update:

Wow, the last two weeks were intense! Backer Code distribution was successful overall, with most Backers receiving codes several days prior to launch. However, there were plenty of cases that needed to be worked out via support email.

At this time, there are still people in our support queue. If you’re one of them, we’re dealing with every Backer on a case-by-case basis. It will take some time, but we will get to you as quickly as humanly possible. If you’re a Backer, and have followed the steps listed in UPDATE #94, you’re on our list! If not, please follow those steps to ensure that our support team is aware of the problem!

A message for Wii U (EU) Backers

Due to circumstances that are beyond our control, we are still missing 800 Wii U (EU) Backer Codes. We are working hard to get the matter resolved. However, we are concerned that the codes will not arrive before the holidays. We will be on standby throughout the holiday. If the codes arrive we will distribute them the moment they come in. Please be aware that this may not be fixed until after the holiday.

Each of you has been sent a complimentary Steam Code for Windows PC so that you can play the game. These codes, which were sent out via Backerkit, are yours to keep. We know this doesn’t solve the problem for many of you. Please accept our sincere apology. The moment Wii U (EU) codes arrive, we’ll send them.

 A Final Thank You!

You’ve all been incredibly patient. It took longer than expected, but we’re very proud of what we’ve all accomplished together. With launch arriving tomorrow, we want to extend our gratitude one more time. You really made this project what it is. Thank you!