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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsAfter a successful Kickstarter run while supporting the game for nearly 2 years after its release, the long road for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is finally winding down, but not before some final surprises. Today, WayForward revealed that all versions of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (both the base and Ultimate edition) will receive a free content update that will include Jammies Mode and a brand new transformation. Jammies Mode will let you play through the campaign in Shantae's pajamas as well as pillow fight enemies, float on a dream-like cloud, and use sleepy sheep as projectiles. As for the new transformation, Shantae will be able to transform into Sophia III from Blaster Master Zero and blast enemies away. Interestingly enough, this isn't Shantae's first crossover with Blaster Master Zero. Last year, developer Inti Creates added Shantae as a playable DLC character in Blaster Master Zero, so it looks like WayForward is repaying the favor with the appearance of the latter title's Sophie III vehicle in Half-Genie Hero this time around. Check out both new additions in the trailer for the new update below! Source: Press Release Will you be checking out Jammies Mode or the Blaster Master transformation in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero?
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIt's looking to be a great month for Shantae fans as they'll finally be able to get their hands on the belly-dancing hero's latest adventure Shantae: Half-Genie Hero in just over a week and a half. Half Genie Hero is actually Wayforward's first game developed from a successful Kickstarter, so it's had plenty of fan input along the way. Also releasing on the same day is Natsume's final game for this year -- Wild Guns Reloaded. A remake of the original SNES game Wild Guns, Reloaded updates the classic western-themed shooter with two new characters, new stages, and new special weapons. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be releasing digitally on PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U on December 20 while its physical versions (which are being published by XSEED) will release in stores on December 27. Wild Guns Reloaded will release digitally on PS4 on December 20. Check out the trailers for both games below! Source: Wayforward (via Press Release), Natsume (via Twitter) Will you be buying either of these games when they come out?
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIf you know XSEED, then you know that they're generally an outfit for publishing niche Japanese titles. However, all of that's about to change. That's right, XSEED will be changing things up by publishing a few indie games soon. The first game on the list is Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, an action-RPG set in the Touhou Project universe that draws inspiration from the YS series of games. Next up is Exile's End, a dark and futuristic 2D sidescroller that is described as "one part Metroidvania" and "one-part cinematic platformer." Finally, XSEED will be publishing the physical retail version of Wayforward's Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Presumably, this means Wayforward will be handling the digital versions of the game on their own as they have with past Shantae titles. Also, the physical version will be packaged with a CD with 20 musical tracks from the game. Not bad! Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity will be coming to PlayStation 4; Exile's End will be coming to PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U; and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be coming to retail on PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U. Source: Press Release What are your thoughts on XSEED starting to publish indie games? Are you surprised they're publishing the physical version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero?
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIn what is a first for the company, WayForward (of DuckTales Remastered and Mighty Switch Force fame) have turned to Kickstarter to help fund a brand new entry in the Shantae series called Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. WayForward has announced that Shantae will retain all aspects from previous games, such as hair whipping, belly dancing, platforming, exploring, storytelling and more. Essentially, everything that made the game into a cult Metroidvania game will be there and more. The story sees Shantae discovering the fabled Genie realm after being roused awake one night and wandering into the forest, only to discover that a powerful evil is about to break free from its seal. So far, WayForward has introduced some interesting stretch goals, with 500k marking the production of Risky mode, in which you'll be able to play as the villainous Risky Boots in her own campaign. 600k will guarantee the inclusion of a bonus chapter, where Shantae will compete in a Magic Carpet Race; a new transformation is also included in this stretch goal as well. As for what platforms it'll be released on, WayForward has stated that the game is already confirmed for Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam. Shantae Half-Genie Hero will be funded if it reaches its $400,000 goal, so be sure to check out the Kickstarter if you're interested. Are you excited for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero?