Trivia / Shantae

  • Acting for Two: Cristina Vee voices both Shantae and Risky.
  • Actor Allusion: When recovering to full health using an auto potion, Shantae will sometimes say "Total Destruction!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first Shantae game, being the only game in the series published by a major publisher, has a much different feel from its predecessors. It's generally more Zelda-like, with multiple towns to visit and several minigames, except for the fact that it has lives. Instead of having a magic meter, Shantae's spells have purchasable "charges," and when you run out you need to buy more. There are also several items/spells that have never reappeared in the series, such as the Vanishing Cream for temporary invincibility, or the Float Muffins that make you immune to bottomless pits. You couldn't upgrade Shantae's basic hair attacks at all, unlike in later games. And Shantae's monkey form was brown like an actual monkey, instead of being purple like her hair like it is in every subsequent appearance.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Updates on Half Genie Hero's kickstarter refer to backers as Tinkerbackers and Shantarians.
  • Fan Nickname: One of the planned enemies for Shantae Advanced was an undead Elite Mook who attacks Shantae by spanking her repeatedly whenever he catches her. When the demo of the game was shown to the public for the first time, fans were quick to dub him as Spanky Joe.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Good luck finding the original Game Boy Color game anywhere if you don't already have it. It goes around 100-200 dollars on eBay. However, it has since been released on Virtual Console; the odds are it will become a bestseller on its reputation alone.
  • No Export for You: Neither game had been released outside of the US until Risky's Revenge was released in Europe on Feburary 11. Australia still doesn't get it, though - Way Forward have said they're not actively pursuing it, this generally being assumed to be because of the prohibitive costs of getting something classified in Australia. That said, if you have a Nintendo 3DS, there are workarounds to this through changing its region...
    • Averted with the Virtual Console release, which is available in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
    • The free "Dancer Outfit" in Risky's Revenge was not put in the DSiWare version for undisclosed reasons (most likely Nintendo's restrictive policy on third parties releasing patches). But at the very least it was made available for all versions of Pirate's Curse for free.
  • Troubled Production: The release date for Pirate's Curse was pushed back from "2013" to Holiday 2013 to Summer 2014 to finally October 2014. Adding in a contract with Inti Creates mid-development, not to mention the shifting of personnel to work on Half-Genie Hero, are probably the main contenders in the delays.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original pitch for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the PC, Shantae wore a red outfit that eventually upgraded to a triumphant blue near the end of the adventure.
    • During the creation process for Shantae's character, one of the early ideas was that her belly dancing would summon or charm animals into helping her accomplish her tasks. Over time, this was eventually turned into her transformation dances.
    • Risky Boots was originally meant to be a ghost pirate and had a much more ominous look in concept. Eventually, they scrapped that idea and had her keep her purplish-white skin and skull motif.
    • There was meant to be a game for the Game Boy Advance and it would have had a multiplayer battle mode with Risky Boots, Bolo, and Rottytops as playable characters in the mode. The game was never completed but some of the sprites and ideas were used in Risky's Revenge.
    • In Pirate's Curse, there was originally going to be a character know as the "Gunsmith", whose main purpose was to upgrade Risky's Pistol. On a related note, the Wetgal enemies were going to return along with their Wetmen counterparts, but were removed for some reason.
    • Half-Genie Hero was originally going to feature a location called "Freshwater Town". This area would've served as a prologue for the "Mermaid Falls" chapter, with Shantae accidentally scarring the Merfolk, leading her to investigate their situation. In the game itself, no such area appears.
  • The Wiki Rule: It has a wiki (that became one for all of WayForward's original games); here.

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