Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Kickstarts HD ponytail-whipping action

WayForward is taking its hair-whipping, belly-dance transforming mascot to Kickstarter for a new beginning. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the first crowdfunded project from the creators of DuckTales Remastered and Mighty Switch Force.

WayForward adopted a hand-drawn style with 3D backgrounds for its HD reboot on PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Series fans can still expect the familiar chapter-based structure, but several bonus chapters are up for grabs if the Kickstarter clears its stretch goals.

The original Game Boy Color title is still heralded as an cult-classic platformer, and we saw Shantae: Risky's Revenge as the crown jewel of DSiWare. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will complete the pixel-art-and-portable trilogy later this year on 3DS.

If Shantae seems a bit pale to you, you're not alone: WayForward responded to similar observations that the character's initial design and skin tone were left up to artist discretion and will be adjusted as the lineup is finalized. Rottytops is still lime green and Risky Boots is still grape purple, is all we're saying here.

WayForward is asking for $400,000 to make Half-Genie Hero happen, with about $48,000 pledged a few hours into its first day. A $15 minimum pledge will get you the game upon its estimated release in Oct. 2014.


  • Swedish_Chef - September 4, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    WAAAAAYYYYYYYYYFFFFFFOOOOOOWWWWWWAAAAAARRRRRRRRDDDDDDD!!! I really hope this gets funded, it's an obscure franchise though so I'm not sure how it will do.
  • J-Fid - September 4, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Yeah, I thought she looked really pale, and her face looks a bit more childish than normal. But those things aren't the end of the world. I STILL need to finish Risky's Revenge! ACNL has not helped this cause, and I also just bought Mega Man 2, which I love. Throw in the new Pokemon games, and poor Shantae is getting pushed into the void.
  • The_Tingler - September 5, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Apparently they've already replied that they agree she's a bit pale in this design. They're changing it.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    AWESOME Still awaiting Pirates Curse and with that in mind, it makes me questions what happens in Half-Genie Hero. In Risky's Revenge, Shantae end's up losing her Genie powers which is the plot of Pirates Curse where she has to join forces with Risky. "Half-Genie" hero implies she's probably still crippled but we'll see i guess.
  • Vonter - September 4, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    I don't know if I should be excited for this. I like the art style but the story of Risky's Revenge burned me because of that conclusion. It doesn't give me reason to replay knowing that outcome. Was the original like that? P.S. Also in the Flickr images it seems the Shantae of the last shot has a wooden leg.
  • Vonter - September 4, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    I could be wrong but it looks that way in this pic: And wouldn't that be interesting? Could there be a dark turn?
  • shawksta - September 4, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    The original wasnt like that, it was only Risky's Revenge that it had that outcome Her legs DOES have different colors, maybe its just a development phase or shadowing BUT we STILL have Pirates Curse, who knows what would actually happen 0_0

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