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10:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse launches next month

WayForward is targeting a mid-October release for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in the United States, the developer announced this week via Twitter. No word on a specific date just yet. The studio also indicated the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platformer will have a later arrival across Europe and Australia due to the localization and submission processes. Please understand. WayForward [Twitter]

Kyle MacGregor


10:00 PM on 08.24.2014

Shantae's secret origin lies in... Xtreme Sports?

Before WayForward hit Kickstarter success and critical acclaim with their Shantae series, they got their feet wet on the Game Boy Color with Xtreme Sports. It was their first game on the handheld, giving it special senti...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 07.09.2014

Shantae: Risky's Revenge will see a PC release on July 15th

Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a fantastic game that helped bring some life to the relatively limp DSiWare service once upon a time. It's since been released on iOS due to its popularity, and now, it's hitting the PC on July 15t...

Chris Carter

7:14 PM on 06.09.2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will steal all your booty this summer

The latest entry in the Shantae series is nearly here, and it's making its way to a 3DS or Wii U near you this summer. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is WayForward's latest successor to the excellent Shantae: Risky's Revenge...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse delayed for a 'couple more months'

Remember when we reported that Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for the 3DS was "almost done?" Well it appears as if it's not really all that nearly done, as WayForward has further delayed the game for a few more months. WayForward has its hands full with this and Half-Genie Hero, the latter of which has no release in sight. WayForward [Twitter via Nintendo Life]

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.31.2013

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is nearly done

If you haven't heard, there are three Shantae projects in the works by WayForward -- two new original games, and a PC port of Risky's Revenge. One of those new games, Pirate's Curse, is set to his the 3DS at some point, ...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 12.12.2013

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iOS gets a controller update

Shantae: Risky's Revenge got a stealth update on iOS last night that allows for the use of MFi controller add-ons. The game was never impossible to play on a touch screen as it wasn't that difficult, but of course, tactile co...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 10.05.2013

Shantae Kickstarter over, doubles its goal

Following Mighty No. 9's successful Kickstarter comes more good news, as Shantae: Half-Genie Hero's Kickstarter drive ends with more than double their original request raised. From Kickstarter the team received $776,084, plus...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:30 PM on 10.03.2013

Shantae last push live stream to show off Silent Hill DS

[Update: The new costume and abilities Stretch Goal has been reached. Next up is the "Fire and Forget" Stretch Goal which adds a new chapter, new transformation, and new characters, like Shantae's mysterious red-headed replac...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Playable Risky Boots is a go for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

It's been slow goings ever since the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter met its base goal last week, but no need to lose hope just yet! The $500K Risky Mode has been funded! As the sexy pirate villainess Risky Boots, you'll...

Tony Ponce

8:30 AM on 09.24.2013

WayForward clears their Kickstarter goal for Shantae

Although things were looking a bit iffy for WayForward's first Kickstarter, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is fully funded, and is now on their way to reach their stretch goals. As of the time of this writing $410,000 has been rais...

Chris Carter





12:00 PM on 09.22.2013

Shantae: Risky's Revenge free on iOS, has new outfit

The Kickstarter for the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the HD re-imagining of the classic character for PC and consoles, is almost fully funded, though we're still pretty far away from snagging all the stretch goals. The most rece...

Jonathan Holmes

7:30 PM on 09.17.2013

Inti Creates contributing art to both new Shantae games

We all owe WayForward an apology. We haven't been paying the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero much attention because Mighty No. 9 gobbled up everyone's focus. I knew weeks in advance that WayForward was planning to la...

Tony Ponce



Bozon talks a male Shantae, +20 years indie, and more  photo
Bozon talks a male Shantae, +20 years indie, and more
by Jonathan Holmes

Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we closed up WayForgust with Matt Bozon, Creative Director at WayForward. We talked about Matt's start in development as a college student working on the SNES title Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, the formation of WayForward (a three man team at the time), the pre-internet apartment where they used a fax machine and PC attached to a TV to create games with Jim Henson studios and other big names, and the path to the company's growth into the +100 person team it is today. 

Matt's an expert on working with other people's characters (everyone from Kermit to Batman to Aliens). He has a lot of insight on how to stay true to the vision of other artists, and also on why most licensed games are so bad. We also go into everything about WayForward's original games -- the initial pressures from publishers to make their flagship character Shantae a male, the influence that Studio Ghibli and Aladdin had on the game's development, how digital distribution changed the way studio works, the reason why they need Kickstarter to make the next Shantae game, and so much more. 

We went on for over 2 hours, with minimal repetition of topics, and I'm happy to say that I barely said a word. Anyone who's even remotely interested in learning how game development works would do well to listen to everthing Matt has to say, as there are few developers in the industry with this much experience and lifelong dedication to the craft of amazing videogames as him.

Thanks again to Matt for appearing on the show, and tune in tomorrow at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Richard Hogg (Frobisher Says, Hohokum) to the program.

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8:00 PM on 09.10.2013

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero sets sights on PS Vita, Vita TV

Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam. Let's go ahead and add PlayStation Vita and Vita TV to the list of platforms for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Clearly, WayForward doesn't sleep. In a Kickstarter update, the studio...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 09.05.2013

Taking down a boss in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

It's been heartwarming to see gamers embrace Shantae and developer WayForward as a whole these past few years. Before fans get too lost in the Kickstarter-funded Half-Genie Hero, there's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for the 3DS eShop, which we got to play at PAX Prime 2013. Mash through the text, Tony. Mash it!

Jordan Devore