XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the “Ultimate Day One Edition” limited edition of the hit crowdfunded action platformer developed by WayForward, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is now available at select retailers throughout North America at an MSRP of $39.99. The Nintendo Switch exclusive “Ultimate Day One Edition”physical release includes the game’s groovy 30-song ‘Risky Beats’ soundtrack on CD, a gorgeous new 100-page art book (96 interior pages + 4 page cover), and plenty of company for Shantae with the ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’, ‘Costume Pack’, and ‘Friends to the End’ DLC all included in the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition game card packed in the box.
Don a fancy hat, trade magic for good old-fashioned weapons and tools, and play the role of the bodacious (and ambiguously evil) buccaneer Risky Boots with the ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’ DLC. Having successfully stolen the powerful Dynamo from Shantae’s uncle, Risky Boots must now traverse the game to uncover the five mysterious components needed to upgrade the machine and bend Sequin Land to her will in this alternate adventure!
The “Ultimate Edition” also includes the ‘Costume Pack’ and ‘Friends to the End’ DLC, because no dance party is complete without friends and snazzy new outfits! ‘Friends to the End’ takes Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops into her nightmare where they must find and save her from certain doom using their unique abilities and skills. Shantae has some powerful new outfits at her disposal in the ‘Costume Pack’ DLC, which provides three new arcade-style adventures for her to shimmy her way through in style. Stick to the shadows as Ninja Shantae, soak in the sun as Beach Shantae, or lay down the law as the Mighty Switch Force-inspired Officer Shantae in these arresting arcade adventures!
Following three highly successful releases with Shantae, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero reacquaints players with the cast of Shantae in style. The magical world of Sequin Land is more vibrant than ever with true high-definition graphics that retain the charm of the original 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for. Shantae, the spirited young half-genie, must once again defend Scuttle Town from the pirate captain and self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas, Risky Boots, who plots to steal a newly discovered limitless source of power.
Shantae has previously protected her hometown from all forms of evil including steam-powered pirates, undead evildoers, and militaristic madmen, and is ready to take on Risky Boots with her trademark Hair Whip attack and Belly Dance moves, which give her the power to transform into eight different creatures. Non-stop action with immersive 2.5D environments and a new relic system give novice and expert players alike a uniquely tailored platforming experience. All of Sequin Land becomes a fully explorable world — after conquering massive bosses, the Arcade-style action stages can be revisited to discover new items and secrets based on new abilities Shantae has gained in later areas.