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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

11:00 AM on 09.29.2013

Real game Cat Girl Without Salad gets a great fake OST

[Image by Grace] Last March 31st, I posted a story about a videogame that is a real videogame. A lot of people said, "Hey, it's the day before April 1st! This isn't a real videogame for sure! You got punked, dummy!" It's amaz...

Jonathan Holmes

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

11:30 AM on 09.18.2013

DuckTales Remastered to get a 360/PS3/Wii U physical box

It appears as if those sneaky rumors for a physical release of DuckTales Remastered on the Wii U were true. But wait! Capcom has announced not one, but three extra editions of the game today, as the PS3 and Xbox 360 are getti...

Chris Carter

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

2:00 PM on 09.15.2013

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Dungeon with Tony and Jim

Everyone's talking about the new HD Shantae title currently on Kickstarter, but what about the upcoming 3DS release Shantae and the Pirate's Curse? Is that any good? Jim Sterling, Tony Ponce and I checked it out at PAX, and ...

Jonathan Holmes







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



Virt talks Shantae, harnessing dog crotch sounds and more photo
Virt talks Shantae, harnessing dog crotch sounds and more
by Jonathan Holmes

Last time on Sup Holmes (now on itunes) we were graced with the effervescent presence of composer and developer Jake "Virt" Kaufman. This man is so packed with passionate ideas that they seem to be spilling out everywhere. He's currently working as a solo artist, composing music for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie HeroShovel Knight, and Boot Hill Heroes (and creating his own games (like Dickhand). We learned all about Jake's "photographic" memory for melody, his experiences playing live shows, collaborating with with Manami Matsumae (Mega Man and Mighty Number 9 composer), creating composing software, singing Raffi's hit single Banana Phone, and a lot more. 

If you have even a passing interest in video game music, this episode is a required listen. In fact, I'm going to go on record to say that everyone interested in interesting people anywhere should get to know Jake Kaufman. Funny, insightful, humble, and talented, he's truly a talk show dream come true. 

Jake makes for a tough act to follow, but WayForward co-founder and Shantae creator Matt Bozon will do his best to take that challenge on Sunday 1pm PST/4pm EST. Watch us cap off WayForgust in style!

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10:00 AM on 09.06.2013

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse gets a rad trailer

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is looking pretty awesome so far, and this official trailer does it plenty of favors. Along with its new HD Kickstarter, WayForward really is putting a lot of eggs in this franchise's basket. T...

Chris Carter

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

9:00 AM on 09.05.2013

Digging into retro platformer Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight! It's pretty damn great. It's shaping up to be the ultimate retro feel-y game and both Jonathan Holmes and Spencer Hayes are really digging what they saw of the game this past PAX. Yeah, that joke hasn't totally been beaten into the ground ... with a shovel.

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3:30 PM on 09.04.2013

WayForward's Kickstarting Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

It's hard to believe that WayForward has been around since the early '90s, but it's true. The studio has been cracking away since the days of the Game Boy, now with over 200 licensed titles under its belt. Sadly, it has only...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 09.01.2013

Mighty Switch Force! 2 headed to Wii U in October

Although we already had confirmation that an HD version of Mighty Switch Force! 2 was coming to the Wii U, it's nice to have an estimated release date of October, which was confirmed recently by WayForward's Matt Bozon. ...

Chris Carter



Shantae and the Pirate's Curse puts the rest to shame photo
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse puts the rest to shame
by Jonathan Holmes

Tucked away in a corner below The Wind Waker HD and behind Pokemon X/Y at PAX is a small kiosk featuring Retro City Rampage and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, both on the 3DS. Stop by if you have the chance. The games are both fantastic, and on top of that, their developers should be standing by to chat you up. Make time for them if you can.

Pirate's Curse may be one of the most attractive games at the show. WayForward has really gone all out this time, using the sprites from Shantae: Risky's Revenge as a base, while adding additional colors and frames of animation. The 3DS screen makes for a larger playfield, lending to more intricate environmental puzzles, more enemies on screen, and more action in general. It's easily their prettiest handheld title yet. 

As those of you who've been following the series so far already know, Shantae has lost her former half-genie powers, and has been forced to team up with criminal pirate troublemaker Risky Boots in order to try to get them back. Risky ends up rubbing off on Shantae in more ways than one. Not only will Shantae learn pirate-styled attacks and abilities, but she'll gradually begin to behave more like a pirate as well.

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2:40 PM on 08.25.2013

Sup Holmes eats the bacon with Jake 'Virt' Kaufman

WayForgust continues with composer extraordinaire Jake "Virt" Kaufman. Jake's most recently released project is Ducktales: Remastered, but you may be more familiar with his past work on Q*bert (2000). Contra 4, Retro City Ra...

Jonathan Holmes