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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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It’s Time for Physical Rewards!


Hello Backers!  

Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for!! At long last it is time to distribute PHYSICAL REWARDS!! We’re so excited we can hardly contain ourselves!! The coins, t-shirts, lenticular posters, hardcover artbook, and music CDs are at the Limited Run warehouse, ready to ship to Backers at every physical reward tier!

From this day forward, there will be TWO SUPPORT teams here to help you out. Make sure you’re contacting the correct team, depending on the kind of help you need:

For PHYSICAL REWARD SUPPORT contact Limited Run Games:

For DIGITAL REWARDS or GENERAL SUPPORT contact WayForward’s support team:

Finally, thank you for backing this project, and for being patient with us. We know the rewards took a very long time to manufacture (and to get through customs!). We took great care to make each one special, and our manufacturing partners went all out to deliver the finest quality possible. Huge thanks to Xseed, YesAnime, CoinsForAnything, Handsome Devil, and Limited Run Games for your dedication to quality and for doing everything possible to ensure a timely delivery.

We hope that these goodies will bring a smile to your face every time you see them, as a reminder of the time we spent building this project together! Thank you!

Digital Art Book is Ret-2-Go!


Hear ye, hear ye, all Backers at Tier $35 and above! Your Digital Art Book Reward is ready for download!

To claim it, log into your Backerkit account and click the art book download link! It's a big file, so please be patient while it downloads.

This version of the art book contains an additional 20 pages made especially for Backers (120 pages total)! The book was created with the help of Xseed, who did an incredible job of presenting our favorite parts of the game (as well as the campaign). We hope you’ll treasure the digital art book as much as we do!

For those who pledged at the $200 Tier, you will be receiving a physical hardcover version of the Backer Art Book as well! We will send those out as soon as we have all of the items manufactured and ready to go. Thanks for your patience, and enjoy the digital version in the meantime!

If you missed the art book tier completely, an abridged paperback version of the book is available from Xseed (North America) and Pqube (Europe) included the “Day One Edition” of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Please be aware that this version does not include the Backer-Exclusive section.

Thanks, and happy art book-browsing!

Backer Rewards Extravaganza


Ultimate Edition PC codes for all!

Good day, Backers! Today we’re sending every Backer free Steam code for “Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition” for use on Windows PC. This is a no-strings-attached free gift to say THANK YOU for everyone who participated in this campaign!

This is a great way for everyone to get the content they might have missed out on before.

We’d love for you to spread the fun around internet land - stream, post, and share your Shantae experiences to help us promote this world-wide launch of this newest edition of the game!

A few notes before you enjoy the game:

  • The “Drifter Blade” content is hidden in the current version, but it will become activated in our first game patch. We have been given a “thumbs up” from the creator of Hyper Light Drifter to extend it to this new version of the game (Thank you, Alx!)
  • Remember that this version contains a “Hall of Fame” section on the main menu. Any “Your Art In Game” entries can be quickly accessed from there
  • Credits can now be accessed from the Bonus Features menu. Show off your credit! Also note that any credit requests that were submitted to our Support Team in the last few months might not appear until the next update, due to the timing of submissions and updates.

As usual, watch your email and see Kickstarter Update #94 for help in retrieving your code. Thank you for being the best Backers ever!

Rewards Update!

Our physical rewards have started to arrive from their various manufacturers! Joy! Let's look at them one by one!

Lenticular Poster! - These turned out beautifully. This is our sample version, and we’re now waiting for the bulk order to be finalized. The poster comes pre-framed and individually wrapped. We hope you love it!

T-shirts! - These have been printed, and are now being sorted at the warehouse. The print quality is spectacular- they turned out great :) Huge thanks to Kentoo for this awesome design!

Art Book! - We’re over the moon with the quality of this book!! It’s hardcover, compact, and thick at 120 pages (think autograph book sized). The pages are high gloss with amazing print quality that makes every page sing. Xseed’s manufacturers were a huge help with this - they even got the animated dancing Shantae down in the corner, flip-book style. As you can see in these images, it contains an entire section for “Backers Only”, marked by the purple header. In these pages, we talk about the fan designed enemies, votes, and “Your-Face-In-Game” cameos and show off some artwork that you may not have seen before.

A note to collectors: The “Backer Exclusive Artbook” is the definitive version that comes with everything. There is also a soft cover “Day One” version from Xseed that excludes the Backer content, and a near-identical version from PQube (only company logos vary), with light tan cover artwork rather than blue. Our Japanese partner Amuzio will be offering an abridged version in Japan as well. So, four books in total, but only your version contains the bonus content. Be sure to call up your non-Backer friends, and say “neener neener” to them.

Coin! - We don’t have photos yet, but we expect to get an update from the manufacturer soon!

Music CD! - Here’s a look at the CD cover art, which is being manufactured by our pals at Limited Run! This contains all of the music in the retail releases (AKA “Risky Beats” edition), plus Bonus tracks for Backers!

Digital Artbook! - We’re updating our WayForward servers (sorry to anyone recently trying to get their digital soundtrack or wallpaper). We expect to be sending out the digital artbook after that’s been resolved!

What’s the Timing?

To minimize shipping costs, we’ll be sending out orders once everything has been delivered to the warehouse. We’re getting help from Limited Run, who will be handling the fulfillment for us (it’s a lot of work, and we’re grateful for their help). Before anything ships, we’ll give you another Update to talk about tracking numbers, customer service, and anything else you’ll need to receive your rewards! 

We’re so close!

Costume Pack Launch!


Costume Pack Code Distribution!

Hello Backers! Awesome news today - Our final (yes you heard that right!) DLC content “Costume Pack” will launch to the public on April 10th! That is only 1 week away! Yee-gads!

You know the drill - it’s time to get all of you Backers your download codes first, so you can enjoy the game early!

We’ll be sending out codes starting today, and continuing all the way up to launch as they arrive. As always we’ll do everything we can to serve you first!

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Costume Pack Trailer!

The trailer for Costume Pack is also ready to go! Click here to see Costume Pack in motion! And as always, this is your baby - so please retweet, stream, and post video to help promote wherever you can. Just be careful not to spoil too many surprises!

Steam, Xbox, Wii U (EU & AU/NZ), PS4 (EU) and Vita (EU) get ready!

Your codes are being sent out presently! Watch your inboxes! For other platforms (Vita NA and PS4 NA, we expect those to be sent out between now and Monday, April 9th).

Note re: Wii U North America Codes

These codes are being sent your way now. However, the Wii U Codes (NA) for Costume Pack will be “time stamped”, meaning that content will not activate until April 10th. You CAN enter your code immediately, it just won't activate. This is for NORTH AMERICA WII U ONLY.

Again, your code is good, even if you enter it and the download doesn’t appear to activate. Keep the code and enter it again on April 10th! Sorry for the inconvenience.

Reminder about finding your codes!

Watch your inboxes (and spam filters) for your download code! As always, you can refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for a quick reminder on how to claim rewards. Again, thanks for your patience as we serve everyone.

THIS IS IT! Get ready to enjoy the FINAL Shantae: Half-Genie Hero DLC!!

Shantae Costume Pack DLC draws near!


A Stylish Game-Changer!

Welcome friends! Today we’re diving into the Costume Pack DLC! This is the FINAL Stretch Goal for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and it will be Ret-2-Go in just a few weeks!

This DLC contains three entirely new adventures starring Ninja Shantae, Beach Shantae, and Officer Shantae. Each of these stand-alone modes contains a full “what-if” storyline, new moves, voices, and character artwork. Let’s take a closer look at these flashy game-changing modes!

Ninja Mode!

Shantae decides to become a become a Ninja Master - but first she must undergo intense training! Speed, Stealth, Self-control! She must learn the way of the ninja to defeat her greatest foe.

As a ninja, Shantae moves at super speed. This time out she can’t transform, but she can wall jump, teleport, and throw kunai & throwing stars at enemies. Collect Gems to power up your moves, and search out new Dream Squid locations in hopes of finding them all. Do that, and you’ll unlock exciting Ninja themed win screen images.

Beach Mode!

Shantae finally takes a day off, and her heart is set on finding the "Very Best Beach" in all of Sequin Land! However, rival sunbathers, competitive shell collectors, and other “shallow” minded foes get between Shantae and her fun day in the sun.

In this mode, you’ll play as Shantae in her swimsuit! She attacks with her ponytail as per usual, but also use a bouncing Beach Ball Attack to hit distant targets. Dancing is replaced by a bubble move, which allows Shantae to float through the air! Just don’t let her bubble pop - or she’ll plummet to the ground! In water, Beach Shantae moves at high speed. So far, so good! What’s the catch? Is there a catch?

Yes, here’s the catch - the sun, it burns! Shantae’s delicate skin is not used to all this exposure to the elements (please humor us on this one)! Over time, she’ll begin to heat up and eventually will begin to take Burn Damage. To combat this problem, players will be able to cool her off by collecting sunscreen placed around the levels, or by taking a quick dip! Help Shantae beat the heat and unlock the best win screens!

(Safety Tip: Swimming doesn’t actually protect a person from sunburn. In some cases, it can make it worse. Beware, and be aware).

Officer Mode!

Shantae gets a crossover event with Patricia Wagon from WayForward’s own Mighty Switch Force series!

As an officer of the law, Shantae is tasked with re-capturing the escaped Space Hooligans and clearing each stage!

In her Officer Costume, Shantae can use the Siren Helmet to “Switch Up” solid blocks scattered about each stage. Controlling the position of these blocks will allow her to solve puzzles and navigate around. Just don’t let her get smashed into the screen! Shantae also gets an upgradable Pellet Gun in place of her usual ponytail attack, useful for blasting monsters to shreds. 

Unlike the “Mighty Switch Force” games, Shantae won’t have to collect every Hooligan to clear a stage. However, collecting them all and getting the best times will unlock special win screens, so try your best!

Code Distribution for Costume Pack Coming Soon!

We’ll be back in a couple of weeks to discuss code distribution! As always, our goal is is to deliver the Costume Pack DLC to Backers well before it goes public. Codes have been requested, and you can expect us to turn the town upside down in order to make that happen. By now you know that it doesn’t always go to plan, but please know that we do everything in our power to serve Backers first! 

Backer Sketches!

If you backed at the “Original Sketch” tier, keep an eye on your mailbox (yes, that thing that exists in the real world). Sketches are heading your way! We will email each Sketch Backer individually, and will provide a tracking number for you. They’re coming in sturdy do-not-bend envelopes to ensure they’re well protected. 

Each sketch request was created personally by Shantae series director Matt Bozon for that specific Backer! In cases where the request was… shall we say... “out of bounds”, he improvised. But, we’re pretty sure you’ll love what he came up with! Some are marker drawings, others are in pencil, and all are signed. We hope you’ll treasure your original sketch!


We haven’t done this for a while, but there’s another Kickstarter Campaign that we think you’d like to know about. Check out CHICKEN WIGGLE WORKSHOP for Nintendo Switch!

This fun new project comes to you from Jools Watsham, creator of Xeodrifter and Mutant Mudds (in which Shantae has cameod)! Jools and WayForward have worked together for many years, dating back to Sigma Star Saga for Game Boy Advance in 2005. The project is close to funding, so consider following that link and baking it!

Until Next Time!

Costume Pack is coming up quickly, so you won’t have long to wait! See you then!