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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!
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Friends to the End!


Sky, Bolo, and Rotty to the Rescue!

Howdy Backers! We’ve got some special news for you today – a first look at our next major Half-Genie Hero expansion, “Friends to the End”! Up until now, we’ve referred to this one as simply “friends mode”: the stretch goal that adds Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops as playable heroes. Today we’re ready to pull back the curtain and show off this awesome new addition!

The Missing Piece of the Story!

Friends to the End takes place chronologically in the middle of Shantae’s storyline. Unlike the (possibly embellished) tale of Pirate Queen’s Quest, this new mode would be considered “official cannon”, and fills in a part of the narrative that we, as the audience, were previously not witness to.

Shantae has been turned to evil by the foul Risky Boots by way of a polarity-swapping machine, and is reborn as Nega-Shantae! Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must enter Shantae’s mind in order to rescue her consciousness from the “Nightmare Realm”; a series of twisted memories designed to swallow Shantae whole.

This will not be an easy task for the three adventurers, who lack both genie magic, and the ability to get along.

This translates into a brand new mode with three new heroes, a whole new story, and altered memories (revamped versions of existing levels) to explore and conquer. The icing on the cake is a new final level, and a showdown against Nega-Shantae.

Friends Game Play!

For Friends to the End, you’ll be controlling Sky, Bolo, and Rotty all at the same time, swapping freely between heroes. Each hero has a special ability that is useful for overcoming certain obstacles, but players are given a wide berth as to which character they want to use for the most part. Let’s take a look at each character!

All About Sky:

Sky is quick and agile, and can make long jumps by using her bird Wrench as a glider. Sky attacks by throwing seagulls, which are somewhat weak, but can hit at long range. Her special ability is to toss eggs, which explode into instant platforms! Finally, she can spend Dream Magic to summon an orbiting flock of birds for extra defense! Sky is definitely the best character!




 All About Bolo:

Bolo deals heavy damage with his spiked Bolo Chain, which offers medium range and decent speed. He can also fire a Spring Claw at odd angles to knock away annoying airborne enemies. His special ability is to latch onto certain objects with his Spring Claw, which lets him to swing around freely like some sort of bionic ninja! To hit distant enemies, Bolo spends Dream Magic to toss a pong-style Spike Ball, which bounces diagonally at high speed. Bolo is definitely the best character!




 All About Rottytops:

Rotty attacks by removing her zombie leg and using it as a club, dealing massive damage at short range. Her special move is the Head Toss. Rotty can aim her head freely in any direction, and toss it through certain barriers and over or under obstacles. Anywhere her head safely lands, she can reform. By spending Dream Magic, Rottytops can eat a brain to replenish her Hearts! Rottytops is definitely the best character!



Leveling Up!

From a design perspective, Friends to the End differs from Shantae and Risky’s modes in that the power up system exists “in the field”. There are no menus or inventory to manage. Collecting Gems will cause a hero to LEVEL UP, increasing their attack speed and damage dealt. Getting hit by enemies incurs a penalty, dropping the power level. Enemies and Bosses have been tailored around these new concepts, dropping health and Gems to feed the player’s needs. You could say that "Friends to the End" is part puzzle game, part action game, and part player management.


Meet the Cast!

We’ve saved the best for last! The time has come to reveal the incredible talent who will be voicing Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops!

Karen Strassman as Sky!

Karen is an Actress, VO Artist, VO Director and Dialect Coach. She has created over a thousand voice-over characters of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and species, from classic Disney princesses, to iconic villainesses, to talking jellyfish and shy tadpoles.

Karen’s VO credits include: Monster High, DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic (Rouge the Bat), Hellsing Ultimate (Heinkel Wolfe), Ever After High, LEGO Friends, Winx Club, Rugrats All Growed Up, Resident Evil, LEGO Dimensions, World of WarCraft (Vanessa VanCleef, Chromie), League of Legends (Casseopeia, Fiora, Shyvana, Zyra & Elise), Mortal Kombat (Kitana, Mileena), StarCraft 2 (Izsha), Street Fighter X Tekken (Poison), Fallout 4 (Overseer Barstow), Fallout: New Vegas (Beatrix), Heroes of the Storm (Chromie), Persona (Aigis, Nanako), Zero Escape (Phi), Fire Emblem (Anna, Olivia, Hana), Dead or Alive (Helena), Diablo, Final Fantasy, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Silent Hill, Halo Wars 2, Bioshock 2, Bleach (Soi Fon, Momo), Code Geass (Kallen Stadtfeld) and many, many more.


 Nathan Sharp as Bolo!

Nathan Sharp is an Asian-American voice actor, musician and songwriter best known for his music-oriented channel, NateWantsToBattle. Covering a wide array of songs, his music portfolio totals up to over 200 compositions and renditions that range from parodies of popular hits to English renditions of anime openings to music about video games and anime to his original album "Sandcastle Kingdoms" released in March 2017 that charted on iTunes #1 Alternative Albums and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.

Nathan’s voice can be heard in Funimation's dub of Luck & Logic as Yoshichika Tsurugi, Attack on Titan as Marcel, Gapri in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator as Craig Cahn, Midboss's 2064: Read Only Memories as Chad, Magic Pants's Heroes Never Lose as Pronto, Skip Beat! as Imai, Kieran from Indigo Ignited, Pinstripe as George the Dog from Atmos Games, Funimation's dubs of Puzzle and Dragons X, Cheer Boys, Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Handa-kun and Endride.


 Cherami Leigh as Rottytops!

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including "Lucy" in Fairy Tail, "Asuna" in Sword Art Online, "Road" in D. Grayman, "Lizzie" in Black Butler, "Mai" in Ghost Hunt, and "Patty" in Soul Eater and has worked on over 20 video games- including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige.

She voices "Sailor Venus" in Sailor Moon, "Tome" in Mob Psycho 100, "Kudelia" in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, "Claudia Peer" in Gundam: Thunderbolt, "Ilia" in RWBY, "A2" in Nier Automata and "Makoto" in the Persona 5. And was recently announced to be playing "Sarada" in Boruto: Naruto The Movie and multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes. She has a lead role in the animated feature "Ribbit," has guest starred on "Doc McStuffins" and plays "Peanut Big Top" in the La La Loopsy Girls.

We’re thrilled to have these three incredibly talented performers playing alongside Cristina Vee (voice of Shantae and Risky Boots) in Friends to the End. Please hit them up on social media, show your appreciation, and welcome them to the project! As far as when you can hear them in action…

Release Plans!

Ok, one more bit of good news before we sign off...

Development of Friends to the End is FINISHED!

The game is being prepped for submission to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve right now! This new DLC will be FREE to Backers, and paid content for the public. As usual, it takes several weeks to pass submissions and get download codes. We expect this content to arrive in time for the holidays, so we hope you’ll finish Mario, and clear your calendars! 


Final Thoughts!

For those curious about the status of our physical rewards - we need to delay just a bit more on the art book and music CD so that we can include the extra artwork and music from "Friends to the End” and “Costume Mode”. We won’t be able to give a solid delivery date until everything is in hand, since it all will ship together. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thank you, and get excited for Friends to the End!


Pirate Queen’s Quest PS4 Codes in Hand!


Hi Backers!

Thanks for your patience while we distributed reward codes for Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest.

Final status report:

  • PlayStation 4 (North America): Delivered - (codes will activate Sept 1, at 10am PST)

Sorry that these codes went out with a time stamp. That was unintended! Right now, you'll just see an error if you type it in. Just hang onto it, and re-enter it in the morning and you'll be good to go. Even if you've tried to use it, your code will still be good.

And with that, all codes have been delivered! As a reminder, we do everything in our power to serve backers first. But it’s an unpredictable business and sometimes things take longer than expected, so we appreciated your understanding.

See ya next update!

Pirate Queen’s Quest Code Status: Update #2


Hi Backers! Good news!  

After some unforeseen delays, we’ve now been able to distribute even more of the “Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest” reward codes to Backers!

Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC code status:

  • PSVita (North America): Delivered
  • Xbox One (Global): Delivered

We hope that PS4 (North America) will be ready to go in the next couple of days, which is the final set of codes left to distribute for this DLC. We’re very sorry to keep you waiting, and thanks for your patience!

Help Spread the Word!

With the game launching today, here are some handy links you can use to tell your friends!


Fun Stuff!



Pirate Queen’s Quest Code Status


Hi Backers! We’re back after a busy week of Backer Code distribution for Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest. If you’ve received your code, we hope you’re having a great time playing the game! If you have NOT received a code yet, please read this – answers are below!

Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest DLC code status:

  • Steam (global): Delivered 
  • Wii U (North America): Delivered
  • Wii U (Europe): Delivered
  • Wii U (Australia): Delivered
  • PS4 (Europe): Delivered
  • PSVita (Europe): Delivered
  • PS4 (North America): Pending
  • PSVita (North America): Pending 
  • Xbox One (global): Pending


What does PENDING mean?! HELP ME!

If you’re one of the platforms and/or territories listed above as “Pending”, that means the codes are still on the way. They might still arrive before the DLC is made available to the general public (possibly even as we write this), but we don’t want to take any chances.

For this reason, we’ll be sending each of the Backers whose codes are listed as “Pending” a free copy of the base game for Steam, along with a code for Pirate Queen’s Quest. That way you won’t be left out while you wait. We’re very sorry for the delay, so the extra game code, and extra DLC code are on the house. Feel free to use those codes or give them to a friend. We’ll notify you the moment your actual codes arrive!

As always, get rewards by logging into Backer Kit ( If you are having any further issues, please review Update #94!


What if it says DELIVERED, but I don’t have it?

First, be sure to check your spam filter. We have confirmed via Backer Kit that they have all been sent.

If you had difficulty logging into WayForward’s website earlier this week, this has been fixed, so please try again. Huge thanks to the Backers that discovered and reported the error.

Thanks, everyone, for your patience while we distribute codes!

Risky Boots DLC is Here!


Pirate Queen’s Quest On Deck!

Today marks the biggest day for our Kickstarter campaign since the game’s initial launch! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! Risky Boots DLC is ready to launch, under the new official title “Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest”!

The game will be available worldwide on August 29th! We really want to make a huge splash with this new mode, so PLEASE help us spread the word so we can make this a successful launch day! This is premium (paid) content for the rest of the world, but free to Backers. We want the public to understand that this is not merely an add-on character. It’s a completely different game experience - new enemies, storyline, and abilities.

We have a Press Release going out to the general public, with a Press Kit ( Please share this info with as many folks as you can! Thank you!

Risky Boots Codes!

With Pirate Queen’s Quest launching publicly next week, we’re dedicating THIS WEEK to getting codes to Backers! As before, we’re prioritizing Backers so that you’ll have time to play before anyone else!

We’ll start the distribution process TODAY, so keep an eye on your inbox! As before, we apologize that there’s no way to post all of them simultaneously. We have a lot of Backers around the globe, so we have to work with many external groups to handle the code acquisition and distribution. It takes a few days to get the codes to everyone, so thanks for your patience!

Please keep it Spoiler-Free!

Many of you have asked if you can stream or post images and videos. Yes, please do! But, we do ask that you post appropriate spoiler warnings on your video descriptions, and use tact when posting images. Keep it spoiler-free so everyone can enjoy this awesome new content! Thanks!

If you need help finding your code, please refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for more information.

Enjoy the game and see you next update!