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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!
18,558 backers pledged $776,084 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

Tinkerbat Dance How-To Guide:


 Hi Backers!

At this time, the “Tinkerbat Dance” Reward has been sent out to everyone at the “$55 and above” Tier! We hope you’ll have a blast transforming into the Tinkerbat!

Here’s a simple HOW-TO guide to show you how to unlock the Tinkerbat Dance in the game.

  • First, REDEEM your download code for the Tinkerbat Dance from the appropriate digital store (Nintendo eShop, Steam, Playstation Store, or Xbox Games Store).
  • Once it’s fully downloaded, exit the game completely. This will allow the new content to install. When you restart the game, you’ll get a confirmation message at the title screen.
  • From here you can start a new game, or dive right into a game already in progress. The Tinkerbat Dance DLC works with any of the Shantae Modes (Normal Mode, Hero Mode, or Hard Core Mode).
  • Collect 100 Gems! You’re going to need them!
  • Find a Snake Jar (one of those slippery dance vendors scattered throughout the game) and buy the Dryad Dance for 100 GEMS. NOTE: The earliest Snake Jar can be found at the top of the Mermaid Factory in World 2.
  • Talk to her again, and this time offer to TRADE the Dryad Dance for the Tinkerbat Dance. Now you’re ready to start dancing!



  • As a Tinkerbat, Shantae can slice with her scimitar, or get a longer jump by deploying the Tinkercopter on her back! Give it a try!

Have fun, and see you next update!

Set Sail for Pirate Queen’s Quest!


Greetings, Backers! 

This update delivers some BIG NEWS! Hold onto you hats, we’re diving straight in!

Pirate Queen’s Quest!

The Risky Boots DLC, “Pirate Queen’s Quest” is now complete, and has been submitted to Steam, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo! Yay! Some of you may have noticed that the game has already received an update over the past few days. That’s because we’ve added new achievements and trophies, as well as other game code to support the inbound DLC!

The game will be available publicly as premium DLC, but will be free to Backers. We’re working hard to ensure that Backers can play this content early, before it’s released to the general public. We’ll update you once we’ve passed submission and have codes in hand! Please remember that each platform handles codes differently, so we’ll do the best we can to get them out on or around the same time. We hope you’ll look forward to this HUGE ADDITION to the game!

As a reminder, you will receive the DLC code that matches the platform (or platforms) you already selected for the main game. We can’t mix or match the DLC, since we have to buy these download codes in advance, so thank you for your understanding.

Tinkerbat Dance DLC is here!

We’re happy to report that we now have Tinkerbat Dance Download Codes for every platform. Without further ado, we’ll start distributing those to qualifying Backers this week! This DLC will allow Shantae to transform into a Tinkerbat to slice foes, and double-jump using the Tinker-Copter!

Keep your eyes on that inbox!

NOTE: We’d like to remind everyone that DLC was created exclusively for Backers at the “$55 and above” Tier. Since then, a lot of you have requested that this be released publicly for those who missed it. At this time, our desire is to keep this content exclusive to those who backed it. However, we’re considering releasing it at some later date, after a lengthy exclusivity period.

We’d really like to hear what you, our Backers, think about this. Please share your opinions in the comments section of our Kickstarter Page.

Color Swaps + Drifter Blade DLC Update!

Some more good news: The “Blue Shantae” and “Classic Risky” color swaps, as well as the “Drifter Blade” are complete! We’ll have more info on that next time. We’ve got a lot of content for you, coming in HOT!

Friends Mode DLC Update!

With Pirate Queen’s Quest behind us, we’re hard at work on the Friends Mode DLC. We’re making excellent progress on this new mode, which (like Pirate Queen’s Quest) adds an all new storyline, new levels, and a special boss encounter. At present, we’re about halfway done with this mode. Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops are all playable and lookin’ good! We’ll do a full update on this exciting new content soon!

See you then!

Happy E3 2017 Week!


Howdy Backers!

As you know, E3 week is the busiest week of the year for the game industry, with folks flying in from all over the globe to meet, play games, and talk business at the LA Convention Center! WayForward will be there too, showing off the latest and greatest content for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! We hope you’ll all have a fun and informative E3 week! We’ve got a lot to share with you, so let’s dive in!

Introducing Pirate Queen’s Quest


Our Risky Boots Mode now has a name: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest! This will be our first Premium DLC Pack, and of course it will be free to all Backers. Development of this mode is nearly complete. We’re down to minor balancing and testing, and we expect it to release sometime in the July/August timeframe for all platforms. 

Click here to enjoy your first look at Pirate Queen’s Quest!

Enemy ScorpGal!

ScorpGal, another of our Game Boy favorites is making her return in the upcoming Risky Boots DLC, “Pirate Queen’s Quest!”. As you might expect, ScorpGal inhabits the desert levels of the game, and is a high risk/high reward enemy. If you need to gather up loot, take the time to engage in deadly combat with this fierce foe!

Enemy Mummy!

This versatile villain from Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a welcome addition to Risky’s adventure. He appears in desert and spooky locations, and can even be carried on the wings of eagles! You’ll need to unravel the mystery behind this foe’s weakness if you want to survive. There must be some way to send him spinning!

Tinkerbat Dance Codes Update!

The download codes for the Tinkerbat Dance have started to arrive! Once we have them for all platforms, we’ll release them to everyone at the same time. We can’t wait for you to try it out!

Physical Rewards Update!

After a lengthy search, we’ve found our poster manufacturer! The company “YesAnime” will be manufacturing (and framing) our lenticular print. They have extensive experience converting anime box artwork to lenticular posters, which are sold at Anime Expo and other conventions. We’ve decided to go with a smaller size poster that comes pre-framed, because they’re sturdy, easy to display, and look awesome! Here’s a preview of the poster all 3-D-ified (in animated gif format).


Other physical rewards:

  • Coin! Our coin manufacturer is locked in! We’re going with a 1.75 inch “antique gold” colored coin with text engraved on the edge, and an image of Risky and Shantae on either side.
  • Shirts! Our manufacturer has done a fresh batch of sample shirts for us, and we’re digging the quality. We’ll send you an update once we have a final image for you!
  • Music CD! Our Backer Exclusive OST and bonus tracks are now ready for manufacturing. This now includes additional tracks from the upcoming Risky Boots, Friends, and Costumes DLC! Hooray for music!
  • Art Book! The team is pouring through favorite concept images and character designs for inclusion in the book! As a reminder, some pages will be exclusive to backers, even if we do a publicly available art book later on.

Nintendo Switch Version!


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is out now for Nintendo Switch! The digital version is being published by WayForward, and the retail version will be published by Xseed. Price, release date, and other details will be announce by Xseed!

For those asking, unfortunately there is no way to transfer save data or DLC content between a Wii U system and a Nintendo Switch system. Sorry for the inconvenience.

That’s all the news we have today! Hope you have a great E3 week!