Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
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|Shantae and the Pirate's Curse|
|Release date(s)||Nintendo 3DS
NA October 23, 2014
PAL February 5, 2015
NA December 25, 2014
PAL February 5, 2015
WW April 23, 2015
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a platform game by WayForward Technologies and Inti Creates for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. It is the third game in the Shantae series, following Shantae: Risky's Revenge. It was released in North America on the 3DS eShop on October 23, 2014 and on the Wii U eShop on December 25, 2014, and in PAL regions on both platforms on February 5, 2015. The game was later released on Steam on April 23, 2015. The game follows the adventures of the eponymous half-genie Shantae as she once again has to save Sequin Land from a new foe, the Pirate Master, with help from her nemesis Risky Boots.
The game met with critical acclaim, just like the first two entries in the series, was a nominee for best 3DS game and best platformer by IGN (losing to Persona Q and Bravely Default for the first category and to Stealth Inc. 2 for the second) and made the Top 10 of the Club Nintendo 2014 survey of the fans' favourite games, which featured more than 682,000 voters. It also was commercially successful, appearing in the best-sellers for the 3DS. A fourth entry in the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is already in development.
Like its predecessors, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse casts players in the role of Shantae the half-genie, who can attack enemies using her hair. Having lost her genie powers in the previous game, Shantae now makes use of various pirate items that the player obtains during the course of the game. These include a pistol that can be used to shoot enemies and switches from afar, a hat that can be used to glide through the air and ride on gusts of wind, a scimitar that can break blocks using a downwards thrust, boots that send Shantae into a charging dash that can break through certain walls, and a cannon that can be used to perform addition jumps in mid-air. Players can also make use of various items, such as damaging pike balls or health restoring potions. These items, as well as upgrades to Shantae's hair attack and pirate items, can be purchased using gems obtained from enemies and breakable objects. In place of transformation dances, Shantae can use a genie lamp to suck up nearby gems, as well as carry dark magic and other gaseous objects like smells.
Each of the game's many islands often require Shantae to gain access to an evil den, where one of the pirate items can be found, and defeat a boss in order to gain a map to the next island. Players will often be required to fulfil certain quests in order to progress, such as finding an item on one island and giving it to someone on another. Hidden across the various islands are twenty cursed Cacklebats, which the player must defeat and extract Dark Magic from in order to obtain the game's best ending. Also hidden throughout each island are 32 Heart Squids, which can be exchanged to increase Shantae's maximum health. Clearing the game unlocks Pirate Mode, which gives Shantae all of her pirate items from the start to allow the player to perform speedruns.
After the events of Risky's Revenge, Shantae, who had been forced to defeat the embodiment of her genie powers, has been adjusting to life as a mere human. As Shantae's hometown of Scuttle Town is suddenly taken over by the Ammo Baron, who legally becomes its new mayor, Shantae is approached by her arch-nemesis, Risky Boots, whose henchmen and items have suddenly gone missing. Discovering that some Dark Magic has placed a curse on her Tinkerbats, turning them into evil Cacklebats, Risky deduces that the Pirate Master, a powerful evil tyrant who was sealed away long ago by the genies of Sequin Land, is attempting to revive himself. Determined to stop his revival at all costs, Risky forms a reluctant alliance with Shantae to destroy the dens of evil giving him power, recover Risky's lost pirate items, and retrieve the Dark Magic inhabiting the Cacklebats.
Along the way, Risky reveals that the Dark Magic is actually Shantae's genie magic, which was scattered across Sequin Land rather than destroyed. After Shantae destroys all of the evil dens, Risky attempts to destroy the Pirate Master's grave, but is kidnapped by the Pirate Master after he revives. Confronting the Pirate Master, Shantae agrees to give up the Dark Magic she had collected in order to save Risky. To her surprise, she discovers that the magic has turned back into Light Magic, allowing Shantae to once again become a half-genie and defeat the Pirate Master with Risky's help. With peace returned to Sequin Land, Shantae uses her powers to give Scuttle Town back to its rightful owner while Risky returns to her life as a pirate, preparing for when their paths cross again.
The game was announced in the November 2012 edition of Nintendo Power. On May 29, 2014, WayForward Technologies announced that more info about the game would be revealed at the E3 2014. Just prior to Nintendo's own E3 2014 presentation, WayForward revealed to the Nintendo Life online news outlet that an HD variant of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was coming to Wii U.
Like its predecessors, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse received critical acclaim, with scores of 83.75% (3DS) and 84.17% (Wii U) on GameRankingsand scores of 82% (3DS) and 85% (Wii U) on Metacritic.Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4.5 out of 5, saying "Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is another exemplary entry in a short but long-lived line of exploration-driven platformers. The gameplay is fun, varied and challenging, and will test the skills of even the most hardcore platforming fans."
The game was among the Top 10 of the 2014 survey of the Club Nintendo's Fan Faves, voted by over 682,000 people.
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