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Shantae is a series of platformer metroidvania video games created by Matt and Erin Bozon; and developed by WayForward Technologies. In it, you play as Shantae, a half-genie who tries to protect her hometown Scuttle Town and the surrounding Sequin Land from evil.
The character "Shantae" was created in 1994 by Erin Bozon after coming back from a camping trip. Erin named her after one of the campers there. Matt Bozon then took the character and worked on the world and other characters to go in it. After multiple delays, the game was developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Capcom for the Game Boy Color in 2002.
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
In 2008, WayForward sent out a newsletter in which they announced they were working on a Shantae game for Nintendo DS. It was later announced, with the title, as part of Nintendo of America's 2009 holiday lineup, with a Q4 release date. It was delayed, and eventually released on October 4th, 2010.
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was announced in the November 6th, 2012 edition of Nintendo Power, as coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. On June 9th, 2014, an exclusive interview by Nintendo Life with Matt Bozon revealed that it was also coming to the Wii U eShop. It was released roughly two years later, on October 23rd, 2014.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Funded by a Kickstarter launched September 4th, 2013, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (sometimes stylized as Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero) is a sequel to Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, and continuation of the Shantae games. It was fully funded on September 23rd, 2013, and continued to reach stretch goals until it closed on December 17th, 2014. It was released on December 20, 2016, but those who backed the game on Kickstarter obtain an early access download code on December 13, 2016.
The Shantae series has generally be critically acclaimed all around. Shantae has made it onto multiple top-lists for the best Game Boy games, such as one by Game Informer, and another by GamesRadar. In 2010, Shantae: Risky's Revenge was chosen for Best Visuals and Best DS Game by IGN. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was nominated for IGN's Best 3DS game and Best Platformer in 2015.
|Shantae: Risky's Revenge||DSi, iPhone/iPad||85/75|
|Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut||PC, PS4, Wii U||(N/A)/74/77|
|Shantae and the Pirate's Curse||3DS, PC, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One||82/(N/A)/75/85/79|
On August 23rd, 2015, YouTube user MowtenDoo uploaded a mashup video (re-upload shown below, right) of the Shantae and the Pirate's Curse section "Run Run Rottytops" and Terry Crews Old Spice commercials titled "Run Run Bodywash". It obtained over 1,250,000 views in less than a year. On January 1st, 2016, YouTube user JelloApocalypse uploaded a comic dub by him and user LittleM Mistress, titled "Shantae Fandom". It obtained over 300,000 views about half a year.
The Shantae series has gathered a notable following. On DeviantArt, searching "Shantae" garners over 10,000 results. On YouTube, the same search brings about 119,000 results. On September 15th, 2013, the /r/Shantae subreddit was created. In two and a half years, it gained nearly 400 subscribers. Fandom presence can be also found on sites such as Tumblr and Twitter, with fanart and discussion.
Shantae For Smash
Shantae For Smash (also known as Shantae 4 Smash, Vote For Shantae, and other names) refers to a campaign to help Shantae win the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. As it was taking votes, Shantae emerged as one of the most popular characters. WayForward showed support for the idea, encouraging fans to vote for Shantae.
 Wikipedia – Shantae / Accessed July 14th
 WayForward Wiki – Shantae Series / Accessed July 14th
 Wayback Machine – The Kickstart – Shantae is Back in 1/2 Genie Hero / September 17th, 2013
 The Mary Sue – Interview: Shantae Co-Creator Matt Bozon Discusses the Series’ Future & Shantae in Super Smash Bros. / December 2nd, 2015
 Wayback Machine – WayForward talks Shantae DS, WiiWare, GBA, and a lot more / March 30th, 2008
 Kotaku – Nintendo Updates Holiday Lineup, Reveals New Games / September 15th, 2009
 WayForward – Shantae: Risky's Revenge / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae: Risky's Revenge for DSi / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae: Risky's Revenge for iOS / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut for PS4 / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cute for Wii U / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for 3DS / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for PS4 / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Wii U / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Metacritic – Reviews for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Xbox One / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 DeviantArt – Results for "Shantae" / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 YouTube – Results for "Shantae" / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Reddit – Shantae Subreddit / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Tumblr – Results for "Shantae" / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Twitter – Results for "Shantae" Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Wayback Machine – Latest Nintendo Power cover reveals Shantae and the Pirate's Curse / November 6th, 2012
 Nintendo Life – Exclusive: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Is Also Coming to Wii U / June 9th, 2016
 WayForward – Shantae and the Pirate's Curse / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Kickstarter – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero / Accessed July 14th, 2016
 Kickstarter – Shantae is FULLY FUNDED! / September 23rd, 2013
 Kickstarter – Let's fill up that Art Museum! / December 12th, 2014
 IGN – Best 3DS Game 2015
 IGN – Best Platformer 2015
 IGN – Best DS Game 2010
 Game Informer – The 25 Best Game Boy Games Of All Time / April 21st, 2014
 GamesRadar – Best Game Boy games of all time / March 5th, 2014
 IGN – Best Visuals 2010
 Twitter – Vote #ShantaeForSmash nice and easy! / July 31st, 2015
 Kickstarter – MEGA UPDATE! / August 31st, 2016
 Kickstarter – Tinkerbackers and Shantaerians, we did it! / November 22nd, 2016
 Kickstarter – Shantae is Ret-2-Go! / December 5th, 2016
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