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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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Update 1.01 is Ready! Hard Core Mode and More!


Hi Backers! In our last update we mentioned that a fun surprise was on the way. We know it’s difficult to wait for Risky Boots and other DLC characters to arrive. And while we’re deep in development and can assure you that wait will certainly be worth it (oh yes it will!), we really wanted to give you something to enjoy in the meantime. So to thank you once again for your patience and support, we’d like to bring you this all-new, and totally unexpected new mode! Drum roll please…

Introducing HARD CORE MODE!

Hard Core Mode is a new difficulty setting for the main “Shantae” mode in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This mode is designed to provide an old-school, tough-as-nails challenge to players who miss the days of rage-quitting and throwing controllers. This mode offers a stiff challenge to any player daring to test their mettle. The same studio that developed such unforgiving brutal bliss as Contra 4, Bloodrayne Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon, and the original Shantae has returned to its roots, preparing for you a scalding hot platter of anger food. Trust us, there is no mercy to be found in this new mode, and if you want to survive you’ll need to master the game completely. There is no mercy to be found here – it’s Hard Core!

Warning! This new mode is not for everybody! On the other hand, it IS for everybody since it will be FREE to Backers, and anyone who bought the game.

What to expect in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero HARD CORE MODE:

  • Pain and suffering!
  • Harder hitting enemies!
  • Faster enemy patterns!
  • Faster scroll speeds!
  • Remixed enemy locations, and more of ‘em!
  • New Boss patterns, attacks, and stats!
  • Healing Items capped at six!
  • Re-balanced magic items!
  • Poor Shantae!

Again, HARD CORE MODE is free for everyone, and is included with Update 1.01


Bug Fixes!

Thanks to everyone who reported a bug or sent us a video. Twitch streams, Let’s Play videos, message board comments – it’s all helped us make the game better. The first game stability update (Update 1.01) will arrive on March 6th, and includes:

  • Bug fixes for all platforms
  • PSTV support (Playstation Vita version)
  • Free bonus content: HARD CORE MODE

We’re supporting every platform in every territory with this update. So if your particular version doesn’t update on Monday at 9:00 AM PST, it will soon! This includes retail versions.

What is next?

The team is hard at work on DLC! Risky Boots Mode is coming along beautifully, and our animation team is almost done bringing Risky to life. Now we’re creating custom level content for her, and we expect to be working on this mode through Spring. We’ll share more details soon, so please hang in there and enjoy HARD CORE MODE in the meantime.

Attention, Your-Name-In-Credits Backers

To anyone who was omitted from the credits (we’re looking at you Matt “Pikachu Fan” B@z@n), an email was sent out on 3-1-2017 which included a form. Please find that email, click the link, and fill out that form so we can get you into the next update! Included in that form are guidelines for which character counts are allowed, along with some other restrictions as well. Get your form turned in so we can include you! Thanks!

Happy Nintendo Switch Day!

Last but not least, are you buying the new Nintendo Switch? The team over here is excited for Switch, and WayForward is a Switch developer. And yet, we haven’t announced… anything at all? It makes you think we’re up to something. It’s all so suspicious!  Don't worry - we'll have more info for you soon. Enjoy launch day, and we’ll see you on the other side!

Closing remarks:

Thanks again for Backing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. We hope you enjoy Update 1.01 and the included HARD CORE MODE - We look forward to watching your streams!    

- See you next time!

Happy 2017, Backers!


2017 Kickoff!

We’re already a month into 2017, and what an exciting new year Shantae is having already! First, a huge thanks to everyone who helped make the launch of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero a huge success! Whether you pledged a lot or a little, helped promote, created content for the game, streamed, or demonstrated patience during the launch period, we want to extend a very heartfelt thank you!


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been very well received by Shantae Fans and the community as a whole! Go ahead and tell your family and friends that you backed a winner! Here’s what people are saying about your game!

  • 9/10 from Nintendo Life, Nintendo Force, Nintendo World Report, the SixthAxis, Digitally Downloaded 
  • 8/10 from Kotaku, IGN, Worth Playing, PlayStation Lifestyle, Gamespot 
  • Steam users have named it “Overwhelmingly Positive”, which requires a 95% positive review!

Reviews are still rolling in, but why not take a moment to pat each other on the back! Great job, everyone!!

So… What’s Next?

During the month of January, we’ve been doing some housecleaning. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

MISSING BACKER CODES: Over the holiday we expanded our support team to help get everyone taken care of! There are still a few people left to help, so we’re making this our top priority.

UPDATE 1.01: Since launch we’ve been fixing bugs! We’ve been snooping around social media, and digging through support emails to improve the game’s stability in numerous ways. Now we’re getting ready to submit Version 1.01, which will make all versions of the game up to date. This update will also contain a special “thank you” surprise, which we’ll reveal in our next Kickstarter Update - We hope you look forward to it!

PHYSICAL REWARDS: Work on the physical rewards has begun in earnest! T-shirts, the Collector’s Coin, Music CDs, the Lenticular Poster, and the Art Book are either being designed, are are in production. We’re prioritizing quality over timeliness, same as with the game. So thank you for being patient. You’ve waited a long time, and we want these things to be awesome!

DLC Content is in the Works!

The game may be over, but the DLC will continue! Here’s a quick status update on all of the DLC!

TINKERBAT DLC: The playable Tinkerbat form is now complete and in test! We expect this to be our first DLC release. We’ll have an ETA on that as soon as we’ve submitted Update 1.01.  

DLC MODES: We’ve already started work on the Risky Boots, Sky, Bolo, Rottytops, Beach, Ninja, and Officer Modes! We plan to release Risky Boots Mode first, and that’s where we’re putting the majority of our dev efforts now!  

BLUE SHANTAE, CLASSIC RISKY, and SWORD: This download code is planned to include all 3 of these features, and will arrive after the Risky Boots DLC drops. We need Risky’s mode to be completed before we can recolor her, and we want to lump all of this Backer content into a single submission to make the code distribution easier for everyone.

Credits Survey

Some Backers were not able to be credited in the game for a variety reasons - usually due to unsupported characters, character length, etc. We’re going to work with you to fix that ASAP! In the coming weeks we’ll be sending out a survey to everyone affected, so we can update the game with the right info. We’ll cover the specifics in our next Kickstarter Update, so look forward to that!

Goodbye to Early Access!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Early Access reward tier! Now that the game has shipped, the Early Access version (in it’s current form) will be discontinued. Since the Early Access version won’t be receiving bug-fixes or DLC, we’re shutting it down so that no one is confused, or playing the wrong version down the line. The game will revert to it’s previous “demo” state on March 1st. Thanks!

Playstation TV

As you may already know, support for the Playstation TV did not make it into the final product. If you’ve dreamed of playing PS Vita on the big screen, fret no longer! Today we’re happy to announce that PSTV support is back, and will be included in Update 1.01! Huge thanks to our friends at Xseed and Sony for helping us add this feature!


Goodbye for now!

Thank you, and here’s to a happy and productive 2017!

Surprise Reward!


Hi Backers!

Just when you thought we were done with 2016, we’ve got ONE MORE SURPRISE in store! Ahem!

Digital Soundtrack Cometh!

Hear ye, hear ye, all Backers at Tier $25 and above! We have just sent your Digital Soundtrack Reward!

To claim it, look for an email from Backerkit containing a link to nab your copy of the original soundtrack! As promised, this version of the original soundtrack contains tracks that are exclusive to Backers!

If you didn’t pledge enough to get the soundtrack, worry not! You can still purchase the physical OST, which is included in the “Risky Beats Edition” of the game, by Xseed, ( Or if you prefer your music in digital format, you can get directly from Jake’s Band Camp page, coming soon! These versions will not include the Backer Exclusive tracks.

Music CD Reward:

The music CD reward (for those who pledged $75 or above) is yet to come. We’ll have more details when we start the New Year! Remember, the music CD will include special artwork, and another Backer Exclusive bonus track!

Wishing you and yours a Happy & Harmonious Holiday Season!

Hi Backers!


Backer Codes for Wii U (EU) Are Here!

Jolly Old St. Nick swung by earlier today to deliver our missing Wii U (EU) Backer Codes! Apparently they were lost on the Island of Misfit Toys (translation: there was an error with a certain financial institution). We feel pretty lousy about getting these to our EU Backers AFTER the game’s launch. But we’re VERY glad they arrived before we break for the holidays.

As before, you’ve all been sent your codes via an email from Backerkit. If for any reason you can’t find your code, follow the instructions in Update #94!

We sincerely hope you all enjoy the game!

That’s a Wrap!

We’ve now completed our Backer Code distribution! The only exception are those of you who are waiting for a support email to be resolved, which are being solved as quickly as possible! 

Have a very Happy Holiday, and we’ll see you in 2017!  



Shantae’s First HD Adventure!

Today is the day! Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the game to which you have GRANTED LIFE ITSELF is now LIVE all over the world!! It’s SO AWESOME to see so many people enjoying the game that we made together! Reviews are rolling in, fans are going nuts... people are having a great time with Shantae’s newest outing!

Remember, if you get a chance - please take a moment today and throughout the week to post or retweet videos, fan art, reviews... or make use of the Fan Kit. Anything you can do to help promote the game is greatly appreciated!

Holiday Break is here!

What’s next? Well, to put it bluntly, we’re exhausted. We need to take a break for the holidays. Starting Friday Dec 23rd, we’re going to go dark for a couple of weeks. We will still be working through Backer Support emails, with our only real focus being to get any missing Backer codes sorted out.

If bugs are reported (and with this many platforms and territories, it’s highly probable), they’ll be sent to the development team so that we can get them into our first Game Update.

Game Update:

Speaking of which, we’ve been hard at work on our first Game Update, which will focus on general bug fixes. We’ve been watching Twitch streams and sifting through bug reports, and have fixed many of the problems which were found by Backers and Early Access Backers. Once we’re back from break, we’ll go through bug reports again, make the necessary repairs, and will give you an update... on the Update.

Status of Stretch Goals, DLC, and Rewards!

We’re already working on the DLC, and will have more information for you after break! In case you’re curious, BLUE SHANTAE, TINKERBAT FORM, and various Backer Exclusive features are not included in the launch version. We’ll deliver those separately later!

The chapter-based stretch goals (Sequence of Unfortunate Events” and “Fire and Forget”) are included in the release version of the game!

We’re already working on our digital and physical rewards as well! We’ll have an update for you once we’re into the new year. And remember that as Backers, you won’t have to pay for any DLC (even future paid DLC)! So when you see us announce new content in 2017, remember... it’s coming to you at no cost!

Happy Holidays to all of you!

See you next update!