Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Gets Off Easy With A 10+ Rating

By Ishaan . May 24, 2010 . 2:02pm


Here’s something interesting. Shantae: Risky’s Revenge for DSiWare has netted itself an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB. The catch is that the rating summary mentions “large jiggling breasts” and manages to make it as unexciting as possible.


This is a side-scrolling action game in which players assume the role of a genie that explores a whimsical fantasy world and attempts to foil the plans of evil pirates. Players use magical weapons such as orbiting spiked balls, flames, and electrical clouds to defeat enemies (e.g., zombies, skeletons, slime). Most enemies disappear after being struck; some burst into bones when defeated. Some female characters are depicted with exaggerated-size breasts that jiggle slightly during gameplay. Players are able to view still-images of characters in bikinis, and dialogue includes references such as “JUGS are always filled [with] goodies, and come in all shapes and sizes!” and “Hoist my booty through the roof!” One character briefly discusses how emptying his bowels helped him to make off with treasure.


I suppose the 10+ rating arises from the fact that the ESRB figured no one below that age would catch the innuendo. But imagine the look on a mom’s face if she caught her kid playing through that portion of the game…

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  • Every single time I read one of the ESRB’s breakdown of a game, I feel like I’m reading something really scientific.

    • I bet the ESRB writers thoroughly enjoy that job. It must be very interesting working out what society is likely to view as acceptable.

  • thebanditking

    Personally I can’t wait for this, though I wish it was a retail cart release. It really sucks they could not find a publisher especially considering all the garbage that actually does find a publisher on the DS. Sad, sad times……

    • Strike_Man

      Ditto. This would’ve been a nice $20 retail release, along the lines of Legend of Kage 2.

      I’m not big on download-only games, but assuming it’s no more than 800~1000 points, I’ll be picking this one up.

  • bjwanlund

    That can mean only one thing: SHANTAE: RISKY’S REVENGE IS FINALLY COMING!! WOO-HOO!! (sorry, just had to do that!)


  • EvilAkito

    Looks cool, but I lack a DSi. It sure would be nice if it were on WiiWare instead.

  • Aoshi00

    Looks like a fun sidescroller, time to get a Wii/DSi point card to evade tax :)

  • Masengan

    I love the sprites on this game, so smooth.

  • She’s back!! About damn time, too.

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