All five Shantae games are on Switch now, commemorating nearly 20 years of history

Two out of five only appeared recently

The Switch just turned four this past year, which means that it has quite a hefty amount of history already.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been around that long, but publishers have been drawn to it like a prospector to a gold mine: as evidenced by the 30-40 games that flood the eShop each and every week. Also, if there’s a game that can possibly be ported to it, it probably exists.

That list is growing all the time, and now it includes all five Shantae games throughout WayForward history. With the original hitting Switch just yesterday, the catalog is complete.

That full list includes:

  • Shantae (2002)
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (2010)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (2014)
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (2016)
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (2019)

Half-Genie Hero and Seven Sirens were relatively easy to port to Switch as WayForward made a point to bring both of those to pretty much every platform under the sun: even Vita for the former and mobile for the latter.

Pirate’s Curse was always sort of a shoo-in too, given that it originally arrived on 3DS and Wii U before any other platform. But Risky’s Revenge took quite some time to hit Switch, with a port only arriving in October of last year. And the first Shantae is easily the most elusive, given that it’s only been hosted on two platforms before this week: Game Boy Color and 3DS.

I love replaying a series from start to finish, and now it’s even easier with Shantae, without having to dig out another portable.

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!