The original Shantae is coming to Switch, with limited Game Boy Color & Switch physical release as well

WayForward and Limited Run Games are reviving the original Game Boy Color Shantae game, republishing it for Nintendo Switch with a physical and digital release. Not only that, but they’re also doing a run of original Game Boy Color reproduction carts, for those that want to play it on its original platform.

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The Shantae series has enjoyed a lot of success over the last decade, gathering a healthy fan following since the 2010 DSi release of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. That was followed by Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, the crowdfunded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and most recently, Shantae and the Seven Sirens.

The series has never had a particularly strict release pattern, with each game debuting on different platforms – Seven Sirens appeared on Apple Arcade last year, Pirate’s Curse was a 3DS and Wii U release, etc. etc. – before spreading to other systems.

That goes all the way back to the 2002 original game, which was released on the Game Boy Color after the launch of the Game Boy Advance, a contributing factor to its poor sales. With the series’ return, it also cam to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, but has largely been an obscurity compared to the rest of the series.

That’s set to change with the port to Nintendo Switch, bringing it to a current system once more. It will also mean that the Nintendo Switch is the only platform where you can play all five Shantae games – there are no plans for release on other systems.

The last Shantae game we reviewed was Half-Genie Hero, with Aran saying:

“Shantae: Half-Genie Hero features some of the best platforming of recent years, and it’s easy to recommend to anyone that’s a fan of platformers or Metroidvania style games, though a couple more levels to combat the game’s repetition would have been perfect. Wayforward will have to settle for almost reaching that mark instead.”

I’m sure eager fans will love diving back to the series’ origins.

Source: Twitter

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