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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 Halloween!


Ding Dong! Trick or Treat!

Oh look, you’re all dressed up like Shantae Backers! Isn’t that adorable! Wait here on the porch while we go and get some treats! Don’t go anywhere!

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Treat! A new Backer Enemy!

Introducing "Ikki", a brand new backer-designed enemy by Roger C! This mischievous specter loves to hide in treasure chests to surprise unsuspecting heroes in search of goodies. Once an Ikki has been released, it can turn invisible! When it re-materializes to fling ghostly goo, that’s your chance to strike! Thanks Roger -- we love Ikki and can’t wait to get her in the game!

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Trick! A shameless plug!

If you’ve got an iOS or Android device, you can get the brand new, re-envisioned WayForward horror game LIT for FREE (like, actually free)! It debuted on WiiWare back in 2009, and was published by Square Enix in Japan. This new version features adorable redesigns of Jake and Rachael, and fits right in your goodie bag next to your foil-wrapped nickels. The links are below. Don’t overindulge!

App Store

Google Play 

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Treat! Creepy Crawly Concepts!

The fifth chapter of the game contains our most scariest enemies and locations... maybe even a zombie or two (or three!). Above are some first looks at this new area. Enjoy!

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Treat! “Afraid of Everything”!

The talent behind some of our most terrifying games have gotten together to make a book of horror stories for all ages. Check it out! We’re sure that you, and that person standing behind you, will love it.

One more thing...

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Here, have some fruit! Don't make that face. It's good. It won't rot your teeth. Now go on, skedaddle.

See you next time!

...And don't get a tummy ache!

Early Access Time -Round 2!


It's that time again! If you backed the game at the EARLY ACCESS Reward Tier, your Backer Demo is ready!  

It's playable through Steam, just like last time. If you have the previous backer build, it will automatically update with the new content (unless you have auto-updates disabled in your Steam settings). If you never got the E3 Backer Demo, please check out Update #71 and follow the steps to get started.

As always we'll be checking our WayForums and Support email ( in case you have comments or need help getting started. We love hearing your feedback, and you can post your thoughts here.  Have fun, and see you next update!

Backer Enemy #3 Revealed!


Happy Monday, Backers!

We’ve got an exciting update for you today, which includes our vote results, and backer build info! But before we go there, let’s take a look at a brand new foe, guaranteed to make you reconsider your life choices!

Check out this new enemy from Backer Ronald! Its official name is Cyclops Omicron Aquatis, but you can call it Omicron for short. These pesky enemies can be found on land or under the sea. The mischievous little starfish monsters will stick to any hero that wanders too close, limiting their movement until shaken loose! Speed Runners, beware and be aware! Thanks to Backer Ronald for this sticky new addition to the Shantae universe! We look forward to slaughtering Omicrons by the dozens.

Backer Build This Week!

We’re almost done updating the Backer Build! If you’re a part of that reward tier, you’ll be able to enjoy another sample of the game, with new tunes, enemies, and a brand new environment! If you got the E3 Backer Build a few months back, the same demo will automatically update via Steam (unless you’ve disabled auto-updates, in which case you’ll need to check your Steam preferences). If you never received the E3 Backer Build and are going to get the game for the first time, please see the instructions in Update #71. Enjoy the game!

Vote Results!

The votes have been tallied, and we have a winner! You collectively chose the headset and sporty looking outfit shown here! Nice job! When Rottytops and friends go undercover to unmask the magic carpet thief, you’ll see Rottytops in this outfit during the cinematic! It was a close call -- so if for some reason outfit 4D is unable to perform its duties due to illness or injury, outfit 4C will take its place.


Have you heard of Indivisible? The new game from our friends over at Lab Zero and 505 Games.

Indivisible is inspired by classics like Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid, but with the unique character, world, and gameplay depth Lab Zero is known for, and will feature a stunning soundtrack by legendary Japanese game music composer, Hiroki Kikuta.

If you like what you see, head on over and help them out!

See you next update!!

Rottytops Costume Vote!


Hi Backers! We’re back with another rip-roarin’ update for you!

Let’s kick things off with another vote. And to vote properly, you’re going to need a little context. Remember that magic carpet race at Cape Crustacean? The chapter you all funded as a stretch goal? Well in that chapter, Shantae and friends need to infiltrate the race and identify the saboteur who’s been stealing carpets out from under everyone’s noses. Rottytops goes undercover posing as one of the Pit Crew, because hey -- why not? Here’s where you come in to flex your mighty voting muscles. Rather than a straight-up A, B, C vote like our previous ones, we’re going for a “two-fer”. You get to vote on a “Head Costume” and also a “Body Costume”. Then we’ll put the winning combination together, and BAM!! Instant Rottytops cosplay. 

Vote #3 - Rottytops Pit Crew Outfit poll here!

Vote #3 - Rottytops Pit Crew Outfit poll here!

You’ve got one week! Choose your head gear, pick Rotty’s duds, and you’re done. If you want to see what every possible combination is, just use this handy chart. Boy oh boy, with this disguise, she’s going to blend right in! Oh – in case you’re wondering, this cinematic takes place when playing as Shantae in what we call the “main story mode”. And the final costume won't be gray, we just did that to keep the focus on the style of the outfits. Lock in your votes by Oct 13th 5:00pm PDT! Get votin’!

A Backer Build Approaches!

Oh dear... another backer build already? Yes indeed, that E3 Steam Demo you’ve all been tearing apart and putting on YouTube will be updated this month with a new level. We won’t blow the surprise just yet, but we think you’ll have a ton of fun with it. We’ve got new visual effects, some tweaks to player controls, and improvements all around. The old levels aren’t going away, but they’ve progressed since the previous build. So if you want to play them one last time as they currently stand, better get cracking. Look for that backer build to arrive sometime in October. As always, if you backed at a tier that includes development builds, you’ll need a Steam account. You can always contact us for help at

Show and Tell Time!

Poor Scuttle Town never gets a break! If it did, our Guardian Genie would have a very boring job. Yep, pirate attacks are a way of life in this burg as you can clearly see from these latest concepts.

And here’s Shantae sporting her jammies! This is an example of our newly refined animation system which uses a combination of traditional hand drawn animation and custom created “Spine” rigs. Pretty dang awesome.

Other Stuff!

Shantae is heading to Japan!

Thanks to our partners at Intergrow, Shantae will be arriving in physical form in Japan. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be getting a boxed version! It’s crazy! Such a thing hasn’t happened since Capcom did it on Game Boy Color in 2002. No one puts Baby in a corner, but Intergrow puts Shantae in a box!  So if you live in Japan, or love to import games, you’ll want to keep a close eye on Intergrow in the coming months.

Mighty Switch Force! Adacemy!

There’s a brand new way to get involved with game development at WayForward. This time it’s not through crowd funding, but via Steam Early Access! The next game in WayForward’s Mighty Series is “Mighty Switch Force! Academy!” This game focuses on Patricia Wagon’s Academy courses... simulations designed to test your shooting and thinking skills. By getting the game, you’ll have access to the Steam Forums and a direct line to developer Austin Ivansmith (that Ducktales guy). He’s working with fans directly, taking comments, trying level ideas, and updating the game organically. The number of levels and features just keep on growing – now with 4 player mode and ump-teen levels! The game will release officially to multiple gaming platforms once development is complete. But if you enjoy the journey as much as the destination, click the link below and be part of the fun!

Thanks! We’ll see you next time! And don’t forget to Vote!



Hello Backers!

We'll have a full Shantae: Half-Genie Hero update for you VERY soon! But in the meantime we’ve got a special message from Half-Genie Hero Director Matt Bozon:

Hey Shantae fans! I hope you don’t mind my hijacking today’s Backer Update. But with only a few days left in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, it seemed like a worthy cause. First, we’d like to say thank you to everyone for voting to include Shantae’s in the Super Smash Bros. series. Numerous independent polls have placed her near the top of the list of hopefuls! We don’t have any idea how these votes will be categorized and put to use, but any way you slice it this is great news for Shantae. Even being recognized as a contender will help with the future success of Shantae games. So thank you very much for choosing her!

If you’ve yet to cast your vote, or know someone who would like to see Shantae added to the Smash roster, please use the links below! As backers, you’re over 20,000 people strong. So you can make a real impact over the next few days. Just please remember that win or lose, it’s all for fun! We’ve had a lot of fun speculating, making concepts, and sharing ideas with you. Good luck and keep voting!

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-- Matt