History YMMV / Shantae

11th Mar '17 1:53:22 PM Turrican
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: After many fans developed FridgeHorror surrounding Wobble Bell (a dog you can murder in ''Risky's Revenge'' for a crapload of gems, with it's cameo in ''Pirate's Curse'' seemingly canonizing Shantae having [[MoralEventHorizon murdered a puppy for money]]), WordOfGod clarified that Wobble Bell is actually still alive (and that it's cameo in the game's resident Underworld is simply because it got lost).

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After many fans developed FridgeHorror surrounding Wobble Bell (a dog you can murder in ''Risky's Revenge'' for a crapload of gems, with it's cameo in ''Pirate's Curse'' seemingly canonizing Shantae having [[MoralEventHorizon murdered a puppy for money]]), WordOfGod clarified that Wobble Bell is actually still alive (and that it's cameo in the game's resident Underworld is simply because it got lost).lost).
** For players complaining that ''Half-Genie Hero'' is too easy, Wayforward released a brand-new Hardcore mode deliberately aiming for the old-school NintendoHard feel.
11th Mar '17 1:49:12 PM Turrican
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* WakeUpCallBoss: In ''Half-Genie Hero'' hardcore mode the laughably easy P.O.O.P T.O.O.T is now harder than anything in the normal mode.
11th Mar '17 1:46:10 PM Turrican
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*** In Hardcore mode the Tiara gets nerfed into a slow magic regenerator like in ''Risky's Revenge''.
27th Feb '17 2:41:27 AM AnotherDuck
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In ''Pirate's Curse'', Shantae, Sky, Risky, and Rottytops are all seemingly mistaken for the princess of Tan Line Temple--[[{{Gonk}} whom they don't even resemble at all, by the way]]--while she is out on a shopping trip. Are the people (especially the royal adviser) [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} really that stupid]], or are are they taking advantage of the princess being out to "mistake" random passing girls as her so they can [[{{GoGoEnslavement}} put them into]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} "ceremonial garb"]]? It doesn't help that the adviser says that ''this happens all of the time''!
** Shantae herself. While there's no doubt that she's a good person, one has to wonder exactly what kind of heroine she is. Is she really [[IncorruptiblePurePureness as pure and kind-hearted as she seems]], or, considering the way [[LudicrousGibs she kills some enemies]] and how cruel she can be to people like Bolo, are there [[KnightTemplar sides]] of [[AntiHero her]] we don't know?
*** This is most prominent in the original Game Boy Color adventure. If anything, she's mellowed out over the years.

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In ''Pirate's Curse'', Shantae, Sky, Risky, and Rottytops are all seemingly mistaken for the princess of Tan Line Temple--[[{{Gonk}} whom they don't even resemble at all, by the way]]--while she is out on a shopping trip. Are the people (especially the royal adviser) [[{{WhatAnIdiot}} really that stupid]], or are are they taking advantage of the princess being out to "mistake" random passing girls as her so they can [[{{GoGoEnslavement}} put them into]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} "ceremonial garb"]]? It doesn't help that the adviser says that ''this happens all of the time''!
** Shantae herself. While there's no doubt that she's a good person, one has to wonder exactly what kind of heroine she is. Is she really [[IncorruptiblePurePureness as pure and kind-hearted as she seems]], or, considering the way [[LudicrousGibs she kills some enemies]] and how cruel she can be to people like Bolo, are there [[KnightTemplar sides]] of [[AntiHero her]] we don't know?
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know? This is most prominent in the original Game Boy Color adventure. If anything, she's mellowed out over the years.



** ''Any'' enemy in the GBC game, especially the scorpion and naga women.
** ''Risky's Revenge''

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** ''Any'' enemy in the GBC game, especially the scorpion and naga women.
** ''Risky's Revenge''Revenge'':



* EvenBetterSequel: While Shantae ''1'' and ''2'' (Risky's Revenge) were definitely well-received games, ''Shantae 3''(Pirate's Curse) was where Wayforward was allowed to really cut loose and do whatever they want with improved technology included, and the results show.

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While Shantae ''1'' and ''2'' (Risky's Revenge) were definitely well-received games, ''Shantae 3''(Pirate's Curse) was where Wayforward was allowed to really cut loose and do whatever they want with improved technology included, and the results show.



* FoeYay: Invoked between Shantae and Risky. The opening scene of Pirate's Curse alone, with the bathtub, seems to indicate Risky has an interest in Shantae. Shantae, on the other hand, keeps trying to turn Risky to her side. While such personal level interest is part of the genre, Shantae and Risky seem to cross the line. Especially as Risky's very plan in Pirate's Curse seems to hinge on Shantae being Shantae. Indeed, the ending of Risky's Revenge seeems to play with the concept. Risky is talking about stripping Shantae of her powers, but with the line break being where it is, it becomes "Strip you(line break)of your powers." That has to be intentional, since there is more than enough room to put the line break anywhere else.

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Invoked between Shantae and Risky. The opening scene of Pirate's Curse alone, with the bathtub, seems to indicate Risky has an interest in Shantae. Shantae, on the other hand, keeps trying to turn Risky to her side. While such personal level interest is part of the genre, Shantae and Risky seem to cross the line. Especially as Risky's very plan in Pirate's Curse seems to hinge on Shantae being Shantae. Indeed, the ending of Risky's Revenge seeems to play with the concept. Risky is talking about stripping Shantae of her powers, but with the line break being where it is, it becomes "Strip you(line break)of your powers." That has to be intentional, since there is more than enough room to put the line break anywhere else.



* GameBreaker: Fighting the final boss as plain ol' Shantae? A nightmare. [[spoiler: However, if you bring a full stock of Pike Balls and Fireballs, and/or use the Spider Venom, you'll be laughing all the way to the end credits.]]

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Fighting the final boss as plain ol' Shantae? A nightmare. [[spoiler: However, if you bring a full stock of Pike Balls and Fireballs, and/or use the Spider Venom, you'll be laughing all the way to the end credits.]]



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The game has a not-insignificant Japanese fanbase despite never officially being released there. The combination of {{Animesque}}-{{Kawaii}}-{{Fanservice}}-{{Metroidvania}} likely has something to do with it.

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The game has a not-insignificant Japanese fanbase despite never officially being released there. The combination of {{Animesque}}-{{Kawaii}}-{{Fanservice}}-{{Metroidvania}} likely has something to do with it.



** That doesn't stop the fanbase's artistic views, however.
* MoralEventHorizon: Two bad guys cross it in the fourth game.
** [[spoiler:Risky's master plan? Corrupt the genie realm with the Tinkerbrain, enslave its every inhabitant - possibly including Shantae's mom - and use them to TakeOverTheWorld. Good or bad ending, she indirectly ends up instigating the destruction of the genie realm. The Bad Ending is even worse, as it forces Shantae to practically commit ''genocide'' against her own kind to protect her world. The Good Ending is slightly better as the Genie Messenger implies that the Genie Realm is safe and sound.]]

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** That doesn't stop the fanbase's artistic views, however.
* MoralEventHorizon: Two One bad guys cross guy crosses it in the fourth game.
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game. [[spoiler:Risky's master plan? Corrupt the genie realm with the Tinkerbrain, enslave its every inhabitant - possibly including Shantae's mom - and use them to TakeOverTheWorld. Good or bad ending, she indirectly ends up instigating the destruction of the genie realm. The Bad Ending is even worse, as it forces Shantae to practically commit ''genocide'' against her own kind to protect her world. The Good Ending is slightly better as the Genie Messenger implies that the Genie Realm is safe and sound.]]



* {{Squick}}: Rottytops, a (cute) female zombie, manages to break into a ruin -- in order to allow Shantae access -- by ''tearing her leg off at the knee and picking the lock with her exposed shin bone.'' (She puts it back on, though.) Still cute, but rather disturbing.

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Rottytops, a (cute) female zombie, manages to break into a ruin -- in order to allow Shantae access -- by ''tearing her leg off at the knee and picking the lock with her exposed shin bone.'' (She puts it back on, though.) Still cute, but rather disturbing.



* ThatOneLevel: The ''entire overworld'' is harder than most dungeons!

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The ''entire overworld'' is harder than most dungeons!
27th Feb '17 2:37:49 AM AnotherDuck
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** [[spoiler:Techno Baron not only kidnapped the Giga Mermaid, he also began kidnapping the other mermaids and selling them in cans as monster chow. He's apparently trapped so many, he had to resort to kidnapping girls and using them for substitute monster chow to meet demand.]]
27th Feb '17 2:30:24 AM AnotherDuck
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--> "My Mom dressed up as the Pirate Lady for Dad. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar But I'm not allowed to talk of such things.]]"

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--> "My Mom dressed up as the Pirate Lady for Dad. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar But I'm not allowed to talk of such things.]]""
25th Feb '17 8:15:25 AM lalaTKG
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* HarsherInHindsight: Back when the [[Website/{{Kickstarter}} Kickstarters]] for both games were first up, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/0ab008eba03eba0c00b72820506c537e/tumblr_mtajazO9g41rjv5flo1_500.png two]] [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/8832ef98c53b8312507ab5ff23abb734/tumblr_mtajazO9g41rjv5flo2_1280.png pictures]] of Shantae high-fiving [[VideoGame/MightyNo9 Beck]] were made by both WayForward and Comcept. This lead to backers of both games becoming FriendlyFandoms, and along came a slew of fan-art between the two. Unfortunatly, ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' fell into a bunch of controversies (two of the most infamous being the constant delays and the "Masterclass trailer"), and soon both Shantae fans and [=MN9=] backers started to grow disgust towards the game, leading the once friendly fan-art turn to Shantae trying to ignore Beck. With this in mind, this makes the above two pictures extremely awkward.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Back when the [[Website/{{Kickstarter}} Kickstarters]] for both games were first up, [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/0ab008eba03eba0c00b72820506c537e/tumblr_mtajazO9g41rjv5flo1_500.png two]] [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/8832ef98c53b8312507ab5ff23abb734/tumblr_mtajazO9g41rjv5flo2_1280.png pictures]] of Shantae high-fiving [[VideoGame/MightyNo9 Beck]] were made by both WayForward and Comcept. This lead led to backers of both games becoming FriendlyFandoms, and along came a slew of fan-art between the two. Unfortunatly, ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' fell into a bunch of controversies (two of the most infamous being the constant delays and the "Masterclass trailer"), and soon both Shantae fans and [=MN9=] backers started to grow disgust towards the game, leading the once friendly fan-art turn to Shantae trying to ignore Beck. With this in mind, this makes the above two pictures extremely awkward.
21st Feb '17 5:32:03 PM GoblinCipher
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In ''Half-Genie Hero'', Shantae is [[spoiler: turned evil]] for less than the length of a single cutscene, and is never controllable. This is especially bizarre because it happens just before a series of quests to [[spoiler: help the Barons rebuild their empires]], which would have made ''much'' more sense if this had been further explored.
11th Feb '17 9:09:28 PM Servbot
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*** The mermaids. They have two attacks: a kiss which shoots hearts that move upwards, and a bubble that moves quickly (so if you're within hair-whipping range, you won't have time to jump over it) and close to the ground (so you can't crouch under it). After each attack, they dive into the ground and become invincible for a few seconds, so it's best to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just jump past them then]] rather than take the time to kill them.[[note]]The Bubble Shield ability, however, can NoSell the bubbles, allowing you to attack them, and similar units, with impunity.[[/note]]

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*** The mermaids. They have two attacks: a kiss which shoots hearts that move upwards, and a bubble that moves quickly (so if you're within hair-whipping range, you won't have time to jump over it) and close to the ground (so you can't crouch under it). After each attack, they dive into the ground and become invincible for a few seconds, so it's best to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just jump past them then]] rather than take the time to kill them.[[note]]The Bubble Shield ability, however, can NoSell the bubbles, allowing you to attack them, and similar units, with impunity.[[/note]]
11th Feb '17 9:05:03 PM Servbot
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*** Admittedly, [[spoiler: Even when you do, you just TookALevelInBadass since the Dark Magic you collected... was Shantae's magic all along!]]
** There are some complaints that the final boss of ''Half-Genie Hero'' was [[spoiler: "Just a giant brain."]] Most still agree the theme for the first phase of the fight was still good, though.
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