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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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Hi Backers!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

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!  


Posted by WayForward (Creator)

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!

Tomorrow is Shantae Day!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Launch Day!

December 20th 2016 is Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s launch day! It’s hard to believe that we’re finally there! Yes!! This is really happening!!! So... we’re just going to keep on saying it – THANK YOU for funding this project so we could bring it to life. We made this game together, and it’s time to present our hard work to the entire world!

You Can Help!

Let’s make LAUNCH DAY a huge success! You can help by making some noise! All of the money you’ve pledged went into game development, not into advertising. So we’re asking every Backer to contribute one more time - not with your wallets, but with your VOICE! Post, retweet, “like” a cool YouTube video, create or support a Twitch stream, or like/link your favorite Half-Genie Hero reviews! Let’s show the world what 22,000 Shantae fans can do!

...OR, if you’re feeling really creative, you can use our brand new Fan Kit ( which includes the newest promotional images, screenshots, and backgrounds.

Backer Code Support Update:

Wow, the last two weeks were intense! Backer Code distribution was successful overall, with most Backers receiving codes several days prior to launch. However, there were plenty of cases that needed to be worked out via support email.

At this time, there are still people in our support queue. If you’re one of them, we’re dealing with every Backer on a case-by-case basis. It will take some time, but we will get to you as quickly as humanly possible. If you’re a Backer, and have followed the steps listed in UPDATE #94, you’re on our list! If not, please follow those steps to ensure that our support team is aware of the problem!

A message for Wii U (EU) Backers

Due to circumstances that are beyond our control, we are still missing 800 Wii U (EU) Backer Codes. We are working hard to get the matter resolved. However, we are concerned that the codes will not arrive before the holidays. We will be on standby throughout the holiday. If the codes arrive we will distribute them the moment they come in. Please be aware that this may not be fixed until after the holiday.

Each of you has been sent a complimentary Steam Code for Windows PC so that you can play the game. These codes, which were sent out via Backerkit, are yours to keep. We know this doesn’t solve the problem for many of you. Please accept our sincere apology. The moment Wii U (EU) codes arrive, we’ll send them.

 A Final Thank You!

You’ve all been incredibly patient. It took longer than expected, but we’re very proud of what we’ve all accomplished together. With launch arriving tomorrow, we want to extend our gratitude one more time. You really made this project what it is. Thank you!

Wii U Codes, Press Codes!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

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!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

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!