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E3 2016: Yay For Shantae

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Wayforward Technologies has published their E3 trailer for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is playable on the E3 show floor.

Half-Genie Hero marks the first time Shantae will be coming to physical store shelves since her inaugural appearance on the Game Boy Color in 2002. Shantae, created by Matt Bozon and his wife, is one of the most successful indie game characters in existence, though her path to fame hasn’t been without its roadblocks.

The 2002 original put Wayforward on the map, but the Bozons were unable to find a new publisher for a sequel (back in those days, it was close to impossible to release a game independently). It would be several years before Shantae finally returned thanks to the advent of Steam, digital games, and a fanbase that never forgot. Shantae: Risky’s Revenge was an instant success, followed by Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. While Pirate’s Curse was in production, the next Shantae game was partially funded via Kickstarter, and this is it:

Now publisher XSeed Games has stepped in and agreed to produce a physical version. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be out in the fall of 2016 and cost just $30, and that’s not just including the game: the package will also contain Risky Beats, a CD of medleys from the series.