Shantae

WayForward, WayForward

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
70
Top Critic Average
47%
Critics Recommend
Based on 15 critic reviews
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Shantae

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchApr 22, 2021

Developer: WayForward

Publisher: WayForward

Genres: Action, Platformer

The original Shantae adventure returns! First released in 2002, Shantae is the classic action-adventure-platformer that introduced players to the fan-favorite Half-Genie heroine. In her debut title, Shantae hair-whips, dances, and transforms as she seeks out four elemental stones hidden throughout Sequin Land to put a stop to the nefarious lady pirate, Risky Boots. During her quest, she'll explore treacherous labyrinths, gain amazing new powers, conquer mini-games, and meet up with friends such as Bolo, Sky, and Rottytops! This version of the game includes both the standard Game Boy™ Color mode and the Game Boy™ Advance-enhanced mode! Key Features: -Shantae's acclaimed original 8-bit adventure - now on Switch! -Use dance magic to transform into a monkey, an elephant, a spider, and more! -Travel across Sequin Land, from forests and deserts to swamps and frigid peaks! -Explore challenging labyrinths where devious bosses await! -Buy a variety of items and upgrades to gain new abilities! -Environments change from day to night! -Discover secret passages! Find hidden Warp Squids and fireflies! -Select between standard Game Boy™ Color mode or Game Boy™ Advance-enhanced mode, featuring a bonus Tinkerbat transformation! -Updated with save states, multiple display options, control improvements, and a mini art gallery!

Shantae Critic Reviews

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As a $9.99 download, the Switch re-release of Shantae is a great look at the half-genie's debut for those who want to check her out. It might be dated compared to the rest of the series, but it's a nice look back at the classic series we know and love.

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Shantae is a product of its time, which can be both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, this old Game Boy Color game displays an ambition and quality that outpaced many other games of its time and it easily stands as one of the best releases for that retro platform. On the other hand, it is still a game from 2002, and showcases many of the game design shortcomings one would expect from that time. It's not a bad game by any means, then, but this is easily a game that we can only really recommend to longtime fans who are curious where Shantae got her start. If you don't fall into that camp, we'd recommend you pick up one of the later releases and maybe come back to this one later on.

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Shantae was released in 2002, and it's a little less than perfect, especially compared to its many sequels. Despite being one of the most beloved Metroidvania series, this GBC cult classic may be a little too clunky for modern gaming palettes. If you're looking for a Metroidvania fix, I would look elsewhere. However, it's a definite must-have for all Shantae completionists looking to see where the magic all started.

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The original Shantae is a lovely little game that too few people were able to experience, so I'm thrilled that it's available for mass consumption on the eShop. Franchise fans should, of course, jump on this as soon as humanly possible, but folks curious about the series or who just want some GBC nostalgia will enjoy it too.

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