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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.

Update 1.01 is Ready! Hard Core Mode and More!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Hi Backers! In our last update we mentioned that a fun surprise was on the way. We know it’s difficult to wait for Risky Boots and other DLC characters to arrive. And while we’re deep in development and can assure you that wait will certainly be worth it (oh yes it will!), we really wanted to give you something to enjoy in the meantime. So to thank you once again for your patience and support, we’d like to bring you this all-new, and totally unexpected new mode! Drum roll please…

Introducing HARD CORE MODE!

Hard Core Mode is a new difficulty setting for the main “Shantae” mode in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This mode is designed to provide an old-school, tough-as-nails challenge to players who miss the days of rage-quitting and throwing controllers. This mode offers a stiff challenge to any player daring to test their mettle. The same studio that developed such unforgiving brutal bliss as Contra 4, Bloodrayne Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon, and the original Shantae has returned to its roots, preparing for you a scalding hot platter of anger food. Trust us, there is no mercy to be found in this new mode, and if you want to survive you’ll need to master the game completely. There is no mercy to be found here – it’s Hard Core!

Warning! This new mode is not for everybody! On the other hand, it IS for everybody since it will be FREE to Backers, and anyone who bought the game.

What to expect in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero HARD CORE MODE:

  • Pain and suffering!
  • Harder hitting enemies!
  • Faster enemy patterns!
  • Faster scroll speeds!
  • Remixed enemy locations, and more of ‘em!
  • New Boss patterns, attacks, and stats!
  • Healing Items capped at six!
  • Re-balanced magic items!
  • Poor Shantae!

Again, HARD CORE MODE is free for everyone, and is included with Update 1.01


Bug Fixes!

Thanks to everyone who reported a bug or sent us a video. Twitch streams, Let’s Play videos, message board comments – it’s all helped us make the game better. The first game stability update (Update 1.01) will arrive on March 6th, and includes:

  • Bug fixes for all platforms
  • PSTV support (Playstation Vita version)
  • Free bonus content: HARD CORE MODE

We’re supporting every platform in every territory with this update. So if your particular version doesn’t update on Monday at 9:00 AM PST, it will soon! This includes retail versions.

What is next?

The team is hard at work on DLC! Risky Boots Mode is coming along beautifully, and our animation team is almost done bringing Risky to life. Now we’re creating custom level content for her, and we expect to be working on this mode through Spring. We’ll share more details soon, so please hang in there and enjoy HARD CORE MODE in the meantime.

Attention, Your-Name-In-Credits Backers

To anyone who was omitted from the credits (we’re looking at you Matt “Pikachu Fan” B@z@n), an email was sent out on 3-1-2017 which included a form. Please find that email, click the link, and fill out that form so we can get you into the next update! Included in that form are guidelines for which character counts are allowed, along with some other restrictions as well. Get your form turned in so we can include you! Thanks!

Happy Nintendo Switch Day!

Last but not least, are you buying the new Nintendo Switch? The team over here is excited for Switch, and WayForward is a Switch developer. And yet, we haven’t announced… anything at all? It makes you think we’re up to something. It’s all so suspicious!  Don't worry - we'll have more info for you soon. Enjoy launch day, and we’ll see you on the other side!

Closing remarks:

Thanks again for Backing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. We hope you enjoy Update 1.01 and the included HARD CORE MODE - We look forward to watching your streams!    

- See you next time!


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    1. Michel Lorenzo Lemos on

      How much longer do we have to wait to receive our physical prizes in the mail?

    2. Jen

      Does this mean the Tinkerbat Codes should be sent out soon too? :)

    3. Darmin Hadzic on

      Can't wait to try hardcore mode! If it was just damage values I wouldn't be interested, but the list you showed has me curious.

      Also, I really hope I get a response from someone about changing my backerkit address before you guys start shipping stuff. I would hate to lose out on the physical rewards.

    4. Leon (SHANTAE & MN9 Brought Me) on

      Ok just emailed you guys (: can't wait to get my name in there xD not sure why I didn't make the cut lol I backed $215 and would have gladly spent more this game is what epic is all about.

    5. WayForward Creator on

      Wii U will not be left out :)

      If you have questions about your name in the credits, please contact

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      Derek Freeman

      What about those with the game on Wii U? Please tell me you're working on DLC codes for them.

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      Zaein on

      Is it possible to get my name removed from the credits, actually? I'm not sure I want my name associated with a company like WayForward.

    8. WayForward Creator on

      *** If you did not get a Name-In-Credits e-mail, but your name was not in the credits and you contributed to the proper tier, please contact We'll help sort you out!

      Also @Michael P. Cahill, Please contact We've had a report that some people who contact support have not responded back after many replies. Please be sure to check your spam as well for replies and make sure is not in some way blocked by your e-mail service. Thanks!

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      Kelvin on


      I wasn't included on the credits, and also I didn't received the new email. What can I do? Who can I contact to appear on the credits?


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      Michael P. Cahill on

      How can I get someone to get in contact with about my backer code I still haven't received.
      I have sent out three emails trying I contact you guys.

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      Thomas Warnica on

      I take it the no quotes rule applies to both actual quotes and apostrophes?

      For example, Matt "the guy" Bozon and Matt 'the guy' Bozon are both verboten?

      If so, that'd be a pity, and I guess I'd just have to settle for my regular name.

    12. Jeremie Lariviere

      thanks for the update!

      hard mode... errrr.... how about an easy / easier mode?

    13. WayForward Creator on

      *** If you did not get a Name-In-Credits e-mail, but your name was not in the credits and you contributed to the proper tier, please contact We'll help sort you out!

    14. Sikboy1029 on

      When is the patch out for Wii U?

    15. David Weise on

      I'm still a bit curious as too an ETA on the physical rewards, I'm really looking forward to seeing the stuff that comes with the game.

    16. #14015 - Mighty Morningstar on

      "to players who miss the days of rage-quitting and throwing controllers." xD

      "It makes you think we’re up to something. It’s all so suspicious!"

      Don't do this to me! I wanna know! D:

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      Neo on

      But still no GOG and Linux?

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      taskun56 on

      Like others, my name isn't in the credits and I didn't get an email for this.

      I apologize if this seems like a silly issue. Just a neat nod I was looking forward to. :-)

    19. Gary Stewart on

      Noice! Let's see if I can this Hardcore mode.

      And I was wondering why you guys were super quiet on Switch support but glad you are.

      INB4 something Mighty Switch Force related (I kid, I kid) :3

    20. Paul Hutchison on

      My name isn't in the credits, and I didn't get the email mentioned in the update.

    21. Andrew Bullen on

      Just sent out an email to the but yeah I don't think i received an email yesterday or recently. But I was surely a high enough backer. Though maybe because I already did leave a comment in the comments section?
      I hope I can see mine in the next update.

    22. WayForward Creator on

      *** If you did not get a Name-In-Credits e-mail, but your name was not in the credits and you contributed to the proper tier, please contact We'll help sort you out!

    23. Richard J. on

      I can honestly say that I do not miss the days of rage-quitting. Great for everyone that wants a severe challenge but I'm more into fun and entertaining. Speaking of: looking forward to the physical rewards!

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      Patricia A. Borel on

      When are the rewards coming? Kinda ridiculous that it's taken 3 1/2 years to get anything but the game....with bugs!

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      Jason B. Gebhart on

      I never received the e-mail so I can get my name in the credits. What gives?

    26. Jack Lok on

      Looking forward to trying it. I'm ready!

    27. Tom Spiers on

      My name isn't in the credits and I've not recived an e-mail yet about it either!

    28. Taylor Greene on

      I also was not in the credits and did not receive any kind of email on the first to have that corrected. Please help!

    29. Ryan Palacios on

      There should be a new achievement for hardcore mode if you are bad at video games too bad. The ones that are good at games shouldn't be punished because others suck let us show off we beat it with an achievement.

    30. Ryan Palacios on

      When is the physical rewards coming out.

    31. Saraphel on

      Actually we have two votes against a new achievement, haha. But yeah, would be nice to know their future plans.

    32. Tom Legg on

      We've got one vote for a new achievement and one for no new achievement. Any insight (both for this new mode and for any future DLC)?

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      Jeff Matrachisia on

      Help! My name isn't in the credits and I received no email with the survey to fix that! :( I'm so happy with how the game turned out, I just want my name in the credits for backing it!

    34. Saraphel on

      I'm definitely on Team "Please No Achievement"...

    35. Dan Murphy on

      Please tell me there is an Acheivement? Like "Mashochist" or something lol

    36. Beatrice Bueno Iank on

      Please tell me there is no achievement tied to this new hard mode. :P
      I suck at videogames and it would pain me to not be able to get it! D:

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      Clay Farrah on

      I wanted to ask who I can contact, I did not receive an Email with the servey for Credits.