Ultimate Day One Edition Announced for Shantae: Half Genie Hero

XSEED Games and PQube have announced an “Ultimate Day One Edition” for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

The new version of the game will be available at participating retailers in North America sometime next spring, for $39.99. PQube is offering the same version of the game for both PlayStation 4 and Switch in the same time frame.

The “Ultimate Day One Edition” of the game includes: an art book containing never-before-seen images from Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the toe-tapping 30-track ‘Risky Beats’ soundtrack CD, plus three bumper game expansions in the form of the bundled ‘Pirate Queen’s Quest’ DLC, the ‘Friends To The End’ DLC and also the ‘Costume Mode’ DLC.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

Don the 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 all-new adventure!

The “Ultimate Edition” also includes the new Costume Mode and Friends Mode DLC, because no dance party is complete without friends and costumes! Friends Mode takes Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops into her nightmare where they must find and save her from certain doom. This all-new storyline features ethereal new levels and a special boss encounter. Shantae’s wardrobe gets expanded, too, with the Costume Mode DLC, which provides three new arcade-style adventures for her to sashay 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 new arcade adventures!

Following three highly successful releases with ShantaeShantae: Risky’s Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate’s CurseShantae: Half-Genie Hero reacquaints players with the cast of Shantae in full HD. The magical world of Sequin Land is more vibrant than ever with 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 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.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita and the Wii U.

Brandon Orselli


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  • Mr0303

    Glad to hear that this is getting a physical edition. The game is absolutely worth it and I may even double dip.

  • Gabe M

    no xbox…smh…i get thats probably ms fault for the disc allocation thing but still

  • Envy-Noson

    Can I buy the new DLCs if I already have the game?

  • Jorge Tavani


  • CrusaderEsper

    When is the Friends to the End DLC coming out in the first place? We’ve got the achievements on Steam already.

  • NukeA6

    Well the ones who helped kickstart the game are getting the DLC so I can’t see why you wouldn’t be able to buy it.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Using the day one edition branding for a game that came out a year ago is strange, but this seems like a nice package either way.

  • huh didn’t realize it had more DLC out other than the Risky Boots one. The added bonus of an artbook is nice, but I already have the Risky Beats soundtrack from when I bought the game the first time. Guess I’ll just be giving that one away or something then.

  • ZeLL2K

    Out now for backers.

  • RetroGamer

    Already bought the game at launch. Should have waited.

  • What about Europe/Australia?

  • Justin Williams

    Finally, news about a real game.

  • Mea K

    Since no one else wants to say it: this game is garbage compared to the rest of the series.

    It’s only about half as long as Pirate’s Curse (which was already very short to begin with), there simply isn’t enough GAME to properly explore even half of the large number of transformations you get, the story is nothing but a series of loosely connected fetch quests that feel incredibly uninspired and boring, the HIGH-DEFINITION GRAPHICS that the whole Kickstarter budget was fed to make it look like a flash cartoon and probably weren’t worth it, the music generally isn’t as good as Jake Kaufman’s usual output, and the DLC so far has been a scam (Pirate Queen’s Quest is $10 for a mere two hours of playing through recycled levels and bosses with a new character, Friends to the End looks to be more of the same). Even the character cut-in portraits aren’t as sexy as they were in the previous game, which may or may not be deliberate.

    I love Shantae and I was very excited to see what Wayforward could do with a bigger budget, but this was one of the most disappointing games I’ve played in ages and I don’t agree they should be getting away with it just because the people involved are generally awesome.