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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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Wii U Codes, Press Codes!


Greetings Backers!

We have another update for you regarding Wii U Backer Codes. We've been sending a lot of Updates lately, so we'll keep this short and to the point!

Wii U North America Codes are here!

Codes for Wii U North America have gone out! Hooray! You should all see an email from Backerkit! If you’re having trouble finding your code, please see Update #94 for further instructions!

Wii U Europe Codes are still on the way!

At this time, the only Backer Codes we’re still waiting for are Wii U (EU). We still expect these to arrive at any moment, but in the interest of serving you best, we’re going to issue each Wii U (EU) Backer a complimentary Steam code to help tide you over.

Look for an email from Backerkit, and enjoy this complimentary code while you wait! You are the last group to be served, so thank you for your patience. As soon as we get the Wii U (EU) Codes, we'll send them out right away!

Please note: this DOES include Backers who've selected Wii U for Australia and New Zealand.


Next Up, Press Codes

A quick heads up! Now that the majority of Backers have been served, we're working on the next step, which is to send out Press Codes. This needs to happen this week in order to get reviewers time with the game prior to Launch Day.

Don't worry -- Support emails from Backers are still our highest priority! We've been working our way through the support list with much success, and if we haven't gotten to you, we will soon!

Remember, if you're missing your Backer Code for any reason, see Update #94 for instructions on how to get into our support system! 

Thanks! See you next update! 

It’s Backer Code Week!


Code Status!

Howdy Backers! This week is all about getting your Backer Codes to you! We already sent the bulk of them out on Friday to get the ball rolling and it looks like most of you have received them. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to locate that email, click the link, and get your Backer Code!

The following codes have been sent out:

  • Xbox One (Global)
  • Steam for Windows PC (Global)
  • Sony PS4 North America and EU
  • Sony PsVita North America and EU

 Also note that any codes that were time-stamped are now active!

Wii U Codes

Wii U codes for both North America and EU have not arrived yet. We will send them to you the moment they arrive! We expect them sometime this week.

HELP! I Can’t Find My Code!

If you have not received your code, or can’t find it, we’re here to help! Here are the steps you need to take:

Step 1: Search you Email

  • Search your email and spam folder for an email from Backerkit.
  • Make sure you’re searching the email account you used to back the project!
  • If you have multiple email accounts, please check them. Your code might be waiting for you!

Step 2: Contact Support

  • Do not contact WayForward via social media. Twitter, Facebook, or WayForums do not show your full name or email address. So while we can note your concern, we can’t act on it. Instead...
  • Write a support email with the subject line !!!NEEDCODE!!! We'll sort our inbox using this subject line in order to give our Backers priority treatment.
  • In the email, tell us your full name, as well as the email address you backed with. We’ll need both of these pieces of information to look up your profile.
  • Send the email to

Step 3: Help us!

  • Finally, please be patient! Most Backers have already received their codes without difficulty, and those of you who are still waiting are are in our queue.
  • Please do your part to help us keep the support lines clear! Emails are being dealt with in the order we’ve received them. Contacting us repeatedly will slow down the process for everyone! Thanks!

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

Backer Code Status!


Howdy Backers!

Another update already? Yes there is! We've been getting new info every few hours, so we felt that it was time to reach out and get everyone caught up!

Codes, Codes, and More Codes!

Codes are coming in, and we've been sending them out to you as quickly as possible!  Here is the status of all Backer Codes:

  • Xbox One (Global) have been sent to Backers!
  • Steam for Windows PC (Global) have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PS4 North America have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PsVita North America have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PS4 and PsVita EU have been sent, and will activate on Dec 12!
  • Wii U codes (North America and EU) aren’t ready yet, but they’re coming! Stay tuned! 

Digital Price!

The digital version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will sell for $19.99 USD (prices in other territories vary slightly due to exchange rates). All digital versions will release on December 20th!

Retail Update:

The PS4 and PsVita retail versions, published by Xseed, will also release on December 20th. The retail Wii U version will arrive a week later on December 27th. Check out the Xseed website for more details!

That's all for today! See you next update!



Dear Shantae Backer,

We have started to receive download codes for the game! We’ll start sending them out to you in the order we get them! Our goal is to serve all of you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Soon you will receive an email from Backerkit with a link to your Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Backer code!


  • Emails will be sent to whatever address you used to fund the game. Make sure you’re using the correct email address, and check your spam folder.
  • If you need to refer back to your code in the future, you can review your rewards via Backerkit. You can create a Backerkit account by following this link (
  • PS4 and Vita codes are time stamped. If you try to enter your code on a Vita or PS4 before Dec 12th (10:00 AM PST) the code will be invalid, but don’t worry! Hang onto the code and try again on Dec 12th.
  • Xbox One and Steam Codes are already active when they arrive.

This is our biggest launch ever, and we’ve got our hands full! Our support lines will be very busy over the next few weeks, so when possible please make use of the WayForums, as your answer may already be there! Thanks for your patience, and for making this dream game a reality!!



Shantae is Ret-2-Go!


December 20th is Digital Launch!

This is it - the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The digital version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero now has an official release date of December 20!

This release includes:

  • Steam for Window PC - worldwide
  • Xbox One - worldwide
  • PS4 & Vita - North America & Europe
  • Wii U - North America & Europe (awaiting final confirmation)

If you’re curious about the retail versions, look to Xseed for an announcement shortly! Spread the word! Half-Genie Hero is just a couple of weeks away!

Backer Codes!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! We’ll start distributing Backer Codes next week! Keep an eye on your inbox (and make sure you’re looking at the email address you funded with)!

Please note that for some consoles, the codes are TIME STAMPED to activate on December 12th. So, when you enter the code, it might not activate immediately. This works just a like a timed release for any digital pre-order. If the clock flips to December 13th Pacific Standard Time, and your code still doesn’t work, then it’s time to hit up WayForward support.

On that topic - We expect WayForward Support to be slammed for the first several days, as this is the biggest indie game launch we’ve ever had! So if you’re looking for an immediate answer to your question, we’d suggest checking out our WayForums first to see if other Backers have experienced and/or solved your particular concern. Shantae Backers have been a great help to one another when dealing with up-to-the-minute info. If you go the WayForward support route, please understand that we’re expecting a lot of email traffic, and it will take some time to get to everyone.

If you love the game and just want to send a friendly note, please do so via social media, and help us keep the support lines as clear as possible!

Press Codes!

We will distribute review codes to gaming press once our Backers have been served. We expect those to go out sometime between Dec 14 and Dec 20.

Thank you!

Thanks again to all of our Backers! We can't wait for you all to play the game. And thank you, too, to Early Access Backers who have been streaming the game and helping to promote over the last few days!

December 20th is your day to celebrate the launch of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero!