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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 and foes, draw your bows, thar Curse goes!


Hellooooooooo Tinkerbackers and Shantaerians!

It’s a landmark day for Shantae Fans! We've got so much stuff to share we're fit to burst!  First off, let's look at a few more denizens of Sequin Land!

It's really exciting for us to see classic characters that have been around since the Gameboy Color, re-imagined in a whole new way!  These are all work in progress images and therefore are subject to change.  We can't wait to see them all in action!

Speaking of action, remember the Archer enemy design some of you voted on? Well now she’s been animated and is ready to be put in the game, tested, then on to cleanup and coloring. Have a look for yourself!

For those not familiar with the process of “traditional” character animation, it goes like this: We create a character design, rough out the main (or key) poses needed for a particular action, and then add rough inbetween frames until the timing is what we’re looking for and the movement is nice and smooth. In the case of 2D gaming, we also remove any frames that would delay responsiveness, which is why you won’t see our hero characters anticipating before they jump. 

We choose to abandon some classic animation rules in favor of better gameplay...for us, gameplay always comes first! We use this approach with hand drawn animation because once it’s done, there’s no going back! Wish our animation team luck...they’ve got several thousand drawings ahead of them. Then clean up. Then color. Then they’re done (phew!). Well, after any revisions. And visual effects and shadows. And then possibly some more cuts to improve gameplay slightly. Remember kids! Throwing away your hard work for the benefit of the audience is a badge of honor!!

That's probably plenty of cool stuff, right?



We’re going to go out on a limb here - -but you’d probably be glad to hear that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS) is now available in the North American Nintendo eShop

This caused some confusion with the general public, being that it’s another Shantae game in the mix. But yes, this is the game you saw featured on the cover of Nintendo Power in 2012, and no – it’s not the Kickstarter project that you backed. As you may already know, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse was well into development before we kickstarted Half-Genie Hero, with initial design beginning in 2010, development starting in 2012, and the game launching just today in North America. If you’d like to experience the handheld Shantae Series “part 3”...then today is the day! The game is on sale on the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop for $19.99, and you can see more at at

The 'Curse crew' is still hard at work though! They're translating Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (3DS) into a number of other languages so she'll be sailing to Europe ASAP, and onto the Nintendo Wii U for North America and Europe this Winter!!

Last, we’d like to share this wonderful message from Inti Creates President and CEO Takuya Aizu and his team of talented artists. 

 For those who haven’t checked out Azure Striker Gunvolt, head over to the eShop now!

You guys and gals are our HEROES!!

Howdy folks!

We realize we’ve been hitting you up with a hefty number of updates recently… but here’s one more you’ll need to hear about! Over the weekend we reached ANOTHER STRETCH GOAL

We had a pretty good feeling this might happen, but we honestly had no idea it would reach the top so quickly. That’s $900,000.00 you’ve collectively pledged to not only make the game, but to keep making it even more amazing! When we hit the initial goal of $400K, we were out of our minds with excitement. Today we’ve more than doubled that goal! And other than just feeling totally swank about it, the even better news is that we’ve got 3 more characters to add to the adventure:

This means that Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops, friends of Shantae who have appeared in every title, will be fully playable heroes. Each character will embark on the adventure for reasons all their own, and will play differently from one another. Including Risky Boots there are now 5 storylines to play, and a total of 10 modes. The replay value of Half-Genie Hero just went through the roof!!

With this being the FIFTH successful Stretch Goal, it’s practically tradition to inform you of the next one on the horizon.

Should we reach the lofty goal of ONE MILLION dollars (phew!) we’ll be able to add another chapter to the game. Let’s talk briefly about that…A DISH SERVED COLD: Spoiler Alert! 

The storyline for Shantae: Risky’s Revenge takes a bit of a twist at the end… Some wayward wishing occurs…we don’t want to spoil it for you. But if there’s someone Shantae would rather not have to face again, it’s NEGA-SHANTAE. As her name implies, NEGA is the polar opposite of Shantae, although she dances equally well. Our next Stretch Goal would add a new Chapter to the game which features this villain as both main attraction and BOSS, as well as a new TRANSFORMATION for Shantae…hopefully something that can counteract the evil doppelganger. Beyond this new Stretch Goal lies FULL VOICE ACTING! We’ll dig into that one later, should the opportunity present itself. For now, give yourselves a HUGE pat on the back! And THANK YOU from everyone here at WayForward!

VOTING RESULTS - Vote #1: Archer!


Ladies and gents, we have a winner! 

Despite having one little speedbump along the way we have completed our first vote!  With over 1500 votes we have our Archer:

There is some interesting backstory regarding the winning design, and here’s a recap for those who missed it: Prior to the vote, our character designers made dozens of permutations, shuffling various costume elements which brought us to Candidates A, B, and C. During the voting phase we got plenty of fan feedback, including suggestions for mash-ups. One backer’s Forum post was the inspiration to add “D” into the mix, and lo, Candidate D won by a landslide! 

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we’re always listening to fan feedback, and take our Contributor Tier backer’s input very seriously! Ok, we can’t act on EVERY bit of input, but we’re always listening and try our best to make you smile! Isn’t spontaneous collaboration a magical thing?

REMINDER - Vote #1: Archer ends Tomorrow, 08/22/14 17:06 PDT!!


Hey everybody!

We just wanted to remind everyone that if you haven't participated in our first vote, time's running short!

 Remember, to vote you must be a Contributor level backer ($60 Reward Tier) or higher. If you are, simply go to and login to your account. Select WayForums and click on the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter Contributer+ Board.

Once inside find the "REVOTE: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Vote #1: Archer" topic and you will have 4 options to choose from. Click the box next to your favorite and that's it!

Voting Issues

Hi everyone!

We've found an error with the voting plug-in!  Many of your votes have been counted multiple times.  That's no good.  Since this was a trial run in the first place, we're going to reset the voting, and make lemonade by adding a fourth option -- by popular request!

This time there will be no option to change your mind. So please make sure you’re 100% certain of your choice before submitting. The new vote will be from 08/15/14 17:06 PDT to 08/22/14 17:06 PDT.   All votes must be in by this time! Thanks again for your assistance and for being patient with us while we test our voting system!