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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.

New Backer-Only Content: Hyper Light Drifter!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

We have only 68 hours (or so) left in our Shantae: Half-Genie Hero campaign… but we've still got a few surprises in store. Today we’re pleased to announce that we've teamed-up with Heart Machine, developer of Hyper Light Drifter!

Check out their Kickstarter page to see a brand new quest added to Hyper Light Drifter featuring a cameo by Shantae’s arch nemesis Risky Boots! What?!  Not only that...for our Backers, we’ve got an an Exclusive Risky Boots Quest featuring "Drifter". Any pledge of $12 or higher (any amount that gets the game) will automatically earn you a download code for this Backer Exclusive side quest in Half-Genie Hero!

Details: Risky Boots is searching high and low for the magical artifacts she needs to enter the Genie Realm and destroy the do-gooding Shantae once and for all. She soon crosses paths with a wandering stranger named “Drifter”. By fulfilling Drifter’s Quest, Risky Boots will gain the Drifter Blade, a brand new weapon with special properties designed in collaboration with Alexander Preston, creator of Hyper Light Drifter

Just like the Blue Shantae Costume, this is backer exclusive. And if you’ve already pledged at $12 or above, this content is FREE! You’ll be given one download code for every game you pre-order. 

The Kickstarter community just keeps getting better! Check out Hyper Light Drifter right here and consider contributing to this exciting new project: (link)

Live Stream with Jake Kaufman: 5:00 today!

Today at 5:00 PM PDT, Jake Kaufman will begin the task of writing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero's soundtrack by composing the first in-game music right before your eyes. You'll get to watch his screen, see and hear everything he does in real-time, and chat with him as he creates original themes from scratch, and talks about the tools and techniques he's using. Don't miss this rare glimpse into Jake's creative process -- tune in at, and get ready to dance in your chair!


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    1. Corrodias on

      Guys, please, cool it with the "exclusives". I don't back games so that other people can't experience them in their entirety.

    2. Sir Jordi

      Wow! That's a great idea!

    3. Mortoy on

      Haa, awesome, all the cool games I've backed are doing crossovers XD Also, Risky looks incredible in the Drifter outfit. If that's an option, I'm all for it. (:E Now if only we could get to the Hero Mode stretch goal... /fingercross)

    4. Antonio Ortiz on

      @Josh Me either! I pledged just before the transformation update...and I must to confess..that I´m REALLY happy to see so much new options and updates :3

      I would love to see Risky with that hot <3

    5. David Weise on

      That blade looks niiiiice.

    6. Ninkobra on

      I second any and all requests for a Drifter Risky alt costume. It would be so awesome!

    7. Josh McJunkin on

      Tinkerbat, Blue Shantae, Drifter Blade Risky... I'm feeling very lucky I funded this game! Now all I need is for my 3DS Shantae game! (And maybe a Wii U version of Risky's Revenge HD with Dancer Shantae pretty please.)

    8. Filene Taylor on

      A teensy little link right at the end of all the content that is just titled, "(link)" ?

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      Lorenz Jugel on

      Sitting here half dead at three in the morning on a weekday and watching Jake wrestle his software is amazing for some reason. Hearing the music come together piece by piece, note by note is pretty neat, and virt is doing his best to make it educational and understandable for music newbs. Thanks for that.

    10. Zack Averyt on

      Oh great, another cool-looking Kickstarter with backer-exclusive goodies I can't really afford. Oh well, at least it would cost me a fourth what I'm giving you guys to get the goods on this one. I'll have to think about it.

    11. DoombotBL on

      Risky looks so cool in that Hyper Light Drifter outfit!

    12. Mark Daley on

      will that stream be saved for future viewing? It's something I would probably watch a few times in the future.

    13. Juan Vargas on

      I love it! A new side quest and sword, are we also getting the outfit? That would be a great combo.

    14. Guilherme Reis Bonfim on

      Will she be playable in the other game too?

    15. Stephen W on

      *Good games* Pfff

    16. Stephen W on

      So many good guys coming out all at once! GAAAAAAAHHHHH!!

      Also, this is freaking awesome.

    17. Josh Wise on

      I can't wait to play this mode.

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      Michael Corbett on

      That sword looks cool. I just checked out Hyper Light Drifter as well and it looks awesome. Too bad my laptop isn't gaming friendly

    19. GuNMouTH on

      @The Rarispy

      I could not HANDLE... how AWESOME... that would BE!!

    20. haitechan on

      Both are awesome projects! I was considering backing HLD for a long time and now I gave in.

    21. The Rarispy on

      If we get the unlockable costumes and I can wear THAT for Risky's story, that would just be AWESOME.

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      Brendan Collins on

      GuNMouTH: Ah, that's okay. It happens all the time.

    23. Perplex on

      @Rahul: I second that! The costume just looks too awesome on her!

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      Dennis Bos on

      If only Hyper Light Drifter would get a Wii U version, THEN this would be really awesome!
      I'd love to back HLD, but without Nintendo support, it's just not going to happen for me. Don't own another console type and I don't have a decent enough computer.

    25. GuNMouTH on


      A FANTASTIC game with Disasterpiece as music composer!…

    26. Carlos Enrique on

      Wow, that's freaking awesome! I'm actually backing up on Hyper Drifter too. This and Mighty 9 as well. Loving this man, good stuff guys!!!

    27. Joshua Dozier on

      Maybe if they managed to get the $700,000 goal they could add it to the costume list along with the Shantae ones?

    28. Thomas Sausner Jr. on

      interesting, pity i dont know what this hyperlight thingy is

    29. GuNMouTH on

      @ Brendan

      You're welcome! Sorry I misspelled your name DX

    30. Elton Borges Mesquita on

      Unfortunately, now that we saw that Risky costume, well, it cannot be unseen. I don't know what WayForward is gonna do about it, but I hope they just do it. Oh, I really, really hope so.

    31. Rahul Malhotra on

      @Brendan Collins Yes, if you pledge at any of the tiers that require a pledge above $12 you get the exclusive content. Also all tiers that require a pledge above $12 come with a digital copy of the game.

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      Brendan Collins on

      GuNMouTH: Thank you for answering my question. I appreciate it.

    33. Tristen Roccaforte on

      This is an insanely cool way to promote HLD

    34. GuNMouTH on

      Bewndan: YES. It's for $12 and UP

    35. Rahul Malhotra on

      This sounds greedy, but it would be awesome if we could get the Drifter costume for Risky also. It looks awesome on her.

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      Brendan Collins on

      It says that the $12 reward is already out. If I donate $15 and choose the respective reward, will I still get a copy plus this exclusive content?

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      BlazingFoxSpirit on

      You should totally make that an alternate costume for Risky

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      Ariel Herrera Morera on

      Thanks guys, I very happy and I love Kickstarter, is awesome how the community can join to do this kind of projects. :)

    39. GuNMouTH on

      Oh, it's just for the sword?

      STILL cool!

    40. Joshua Dozier on

      Is there any possibility of that Risky version of the Drifter costume at the top going with it? Because that would just be glorious.

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      Kyle on

      Oh, you mean $12 for THIS game. Okay. I understand now.

    42. GuNMouTH on



      .............................not WORTHY!!!~~~~<3

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    44. GuNMouTH on



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    45. Nick Colucci on

      I've already backed both, so it's fun that they'll have a (non-intrusive) crossover. I really like the Drifter costume as a look for Risky, but I'll take just the sword too. Cheers to both teams!