Shantae: Half-Genie Hero To Have A Second Bonus Chapter With New Story

By Ishaan . October 5, 2013 . 9:32am

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s Kickstarter campaign has concluded, but the game did manage to hit one last stretch goal before time ran out.


With over $800,000 in Kickstarter contributions, Half-Genie Hero is getting a second bonus chapter, where the mayor hires a new Guardian Genie to replace Shantae. Of course, Shantae’s new rival isn’t quite what she appears to be.


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is in development for PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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  • Aristides

    You might want to add that even though the KS ended WayForward is still collecting pledges through Pay-Pal. They plan to keep it open for a while to knock out the remaining stretch goals so we gotta keep spreading the word! =D

    • Arcana Wiz

      yep, at least the 900k goal must be reached! who wouldn’t want more three story modes, each one with a different character?

    • Kristoffer Brandberg

      Animated cutscenes, a must have! 8D

  • Wappuli

    It’s pretty far away but I hope it still gets enough PayPal pledges for full voice acting.

  • BizarreJelly

    So happy it got a few stretch goals in, hype for the game starts now.

    • OniLuigi

      Hype for the game started about a month ago when the kickstarter began. Most of us backers knew it would be funded, but we’re still hoping for more of the stretch goals like playing as the cute zombie Rottytops and fully animated cutscenes.

  • Smooosher than ever

    Dayumm, never would’ve thought it would hit 800k!
    This is awesome! Really looking forward to this, Shantae is amazing.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Money well spend!

    • *spent

      • XiaomuArisu


        • There’s nothing to be “sorry” for. Just pointing it out, that’s all.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Congratulations to WayForward.

    Although I have to say, considering how many Kickstarter projects will be released DRM-free, it’s most unfortunate that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will only be available through Steam. Even Mighty No. 9 will be available DRM-free and Japanese developers/publishers tend to love DRM even more than their western counterparts.

    • Zonned87

      Steam is the only way most smaller devs can protect pc games from being pirated endlessly.

      Its a Wii U purchase for me though so I don’t care so much.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        …Except they still get pirated endlessly, since it’s not like pirates haven’t figured out Steam’s CEG component (i.e. its DRM) a long time ago. For example, Audiosurf 2 was made available on Steam Early Access yesterday, yet it’s already available on Torrent sites.

        • Shady Shariest

          Ewww… Torrents…

          • Tom_Phoenix

            You don’t need to actually download games from Torrent sites to check whether or not a game is available on them, you know. =P

          • Shady Shariest

            Heh, was not assuming… The mention of torrents triggered that response :3

  • Auvers

    I hope they make it to the full animated cutscenes/full voice acting. I’m interested but I’ll be all over it then.

    • Zonned87

      That will only happen if people keep up the paypal donations for the stretch goals.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


    :( the pic got messed up

    • XiaomuArisu

      Fun thing is that both(Comcept and wayforward)made a highfive pic.
      And WF made a Shantae-as-no.9 pic

      • Shady Shariest

        …Now i’m hoping no one makes no.9 as Shantae pic O.o’

        • XiaomuArisu

          Maybe Call?XD

  • FlyingPony

    Guys. I just have an idea. Why not we make a localization kick-starter campaign for the never translated jRPG, or other Japanese game that never made it to west.

    Basically, we pool our money as sign of wanting the game to our representative, and then he/she will pay the money for localizing cost to the developer.

    Perhaps Xseed can make poll as well, which game to be translated depend on the donator’s vote. If that game stretch goal reached (use the translating, licensing cost as benchmark), they will translate the game.

    That way Xseed can be relieve at the risk of a game they translate never sold in west, as their spent got covered.

    • DesmaX

      The “Kickstarter For Big-League Games?” section

      • FlyingPony

        What I’ve got from the page:

        1. Kicksatrter will make Xseed have to wait for days/weeks until it reach its goal (or not) before buying the license from IP holder, so the IP holder have to wait before any deal is made between them(or not). This look unprofessional.

        – can’t they do the kickstarter first, see it succeed or not before the contract signing? Assuring they have enough support before going to that Japanese developer’s office

        2. IP holder have doubt that their game will sell oversea, so they willing to give the license to Xseed because Xseed pay the localizing cost, and willing to take the risk on the possible profit loss in future. If a kickstarter is done and succeed, it show enough people (to make it profitable) want the game, so the IP holder will localizing it themselves because they know there is no risk losing money, and it is more profitable that way.

        – this is tricky issue, and I don’t have any solution at the moment.

        3. If kickstarter success but localization failed due to some circumstances, Xseed is to be blamed by fans.

        – with proper explanation of what exactly had happened, I am sure the fans wont beat Xseed’s staff with any blunt and/or sharp objects.. People are mad at Megaman cancellation, but do not mad at Keiji Ifune (the creator) because they know Capcom is the one at fault.

        Anyone else here have the solution to Xseed-kickstarter problem?

        Also, to be clear I just propose the kickstarter idea just because I see it can be a solution to our lack of jRPG games. I’d be glad if you guys have any other idea on bringing more jRPG to states, and share it with me.

        • DesmaX

          1) 2 Problems with that:

          a) First of all, since they’re not reserved the rights to that IP, nothings stops some other company from licensing it. Imagine, a kickstarter like that ends, and they can’t work with it because someone else picked it up first;

          b) And, more importantly… You are trying to make money with someone else’s IP without autorization. Nothing stops the owners of the franchise to just close your project (We did see stuff like that, like FF VII Web-series).

          3) Not only it would hurt their reputation badly, you are dealing with your fans money. Kickstarter only takes your money after the funding ends, and normally PayPal donations are only made when the project gets funded. Giving them the money back is a tough process, and it should’ve be avoided at all costs

    • doubleO7

      Its really not as simple as it may appear to those of us on the outside. There’s a lot of logistical issues and legal hoops that would need to be jumped through to make such a thing possible.

      • FlyingPony

        I know that. I am talking about localizing a game that is not possible localized due to legal problem or logistical issue, just the kind of game the developer afraid to localized because fear it won’t sold in the overseas.

        The kickstarter will cover the localizing cost, so even if the game sold badly, the developer won’t lose any money and they won’t afraid to localize any of their game.

  • Arizato

    My first Kickstarter. Feels great! This game looks awesome. Hope it doesn’t let me down. Would love if we hit another stretch goal through Paypal!

  • MonoChrome

    I’d rather play as the sexy twin tailed genie myself haha~ In any event, glad to see the game reach some S goals.

  • Zangetsu777

    i hope paypal will get them to the next goal at least. i really want them to hit the $900,000 goal.

  • Kalis Konig

    Man the stretch goals for this game all sound great. I hope we can at least make it to the Animated scenes goal. I had no idea this series was like metroid in which the stages are one interconnected world.

  • Göran Isacson

    Sweet. I just hope they can scratch together enough cash to also get the other three playable characters, though I wonder what Rotty Tops story will be like… last game didn’t exactly end well for her.

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