Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wayforward Kickstarts Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Falling somewhere between a mainstream video game developer and independent game studio, Wayforward has managed to survive at a time when similar studios close down almost monthly. Their ability to craft high quality licensed video games such as DuckTales: Remastered for major publishers has allowed them to stay financially stable while crafting a large and unique library of original franchises that they own and retain 100% creative control over. This business model has turned the talented studio into one of the most successful and stable independent developers in the industry today.

If one were to name a mascot for Wayforward, the half genie Shantae would immediately jump to mind. The rather unique heroine has starred in 2 excellent games with 2 brand new titles on the way. Shantae's portable lineage ranges from the Game Boy Color to the Nintendo 3DS but fans have long wanted a home console adventure for the character. Wayforward has heard the requests and has answered with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero which recently began a Kickstarter run to fund a true HD game in the series with the assistance of the fans. The game has already reached over half of its $400,000 funding goal with 25 days to go. If you love Metroidvania games, excellent 2D art or great games in general, you owe it to yourself to check out the game (as well as the entire series which can be enjoyed on the 3DS). Enjoy and be sure to contribute if you like what you see.

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