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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a platform game by WayForward Technologies for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It is the third game in the Shantae series, following Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and was released on the Nintendo eShop on October 23, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS, on December 25, 2014 on Wii U, on April 23, 2015 on Steam,[1][2] on the Amazon Fire TV on October 22, 2015[3], on the Xbox One on March 16th, 2016[4], and on PlayStation 4 on April 19th, 2016[5]. It was also the first game in the series to experience a physical release since the first game on November 29, 2015, exclusive to Japan, thanks to a partnership between WayForward Technologies and Intergrow Inc. The game was later again physically released worldwide in October of 2016 via Limited Run Games. Only 6,000 copies were made. However, The game was announced in the November 2012 edition of Nintendo Power, and was in full development since the beginning of that year,[6] but was already planned by the end of 2011, as Inti Creates were hired at that time to work on new artwork for the title.[7] The game was followed by a fourth installment, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Story

Following the events of Shantae: Risky's Revenge, in which the half-genie girl Shantae was forced to defeat the embodiment of her own powers. Shantae has been adjusting to a life without them, however, one day, Shantae is approached by her old nemesis, Risky Boots, who informs her that a curse is rapidly overtaking the land in preparation for the return of The Pirate Master, spelling doom for all of Sequin Land.

Having lost her army of Tinkerbats and her Pirate Gear due to the curse, Risky is forced to turn to Shantae for help in preventing the impending disaster. Despite not having her genie powers, Shantae nonetheless agrees to journey with Risky in order to save Sequin Land.

Gameplay

Players take control of the titular Shantae as she travels to stop the Pirate Master's revival by seeking out the sources of his dark magic and sealing them away. Unlike previous games, in which Shantae used her genie magic to take various forms, she must now seek out various Pirate Gear to progress through the game. These items include pistols, scimitars, and cannons.

Many of these items have multiple uses; the pistol, for example, can be used to activate distant switches as well as attack enemies. Some Pirate Gear can be upgraded throughout the game to make them more effective.

The second trailer for the game released during the E3 2014 showcases briefly the Dancer outfit previously seen in Risky's Revenge. Shantae, Rottytops, Sky and Risky wear it as a princess outfit in Tan Line Palace.

Shantae travels in several locations, including the returning Scuttle Town and its surroundings, and other islands. The map system from the previous installment is changed to a more Metroid-style map system and like Metroid, there are hidden paths.

The game also features 3D effects similar to Mighty Switch Force!, another Wayforward title.

Development

Music

As with the previous installments, the music for the game was composed by Jake Kaufman. The original soundtrack to the game was released by Kaufman on Bandcamp on October 24, 2014.[8]

Sprites

Shantae wears the purple vest and pirate bandana in the promotional artwork but does not wear it for the majority of the game. It is shown only once as a character portrait. Her character sprite does not wear it either, but she does while during special moves (while using Risky's Hat, Boots and Cannon). This may indicate that at one point during development there was a goal of remaking all of Shantae's sprites but then decided against, leaving only the sprites used during special move animations. This may have been an economical decision to just reuse the sprites from the previous game.

Credits

Role Name
Shantae created by Matt and Erin Bozon
Developed by WayForward
Tyrannical overlord Voldi Way
Consigliere John Beck
Executive Producer Chris Watson
Technical Director James Chan
Director, Writer Matt Bozon
Producer Christopher Shanley
Assistant directors James Montagna, Jeff Luke
Lead Programmer Larry Holdaway
Programmers David Pabers, Michael de la Peña, Chris Losorelli
Additional programmers Adam Lutz
Tile set artist Henk Nieborg
Background artist Chris Drysdale
Level designer Kyle Bardiau
Pixel modelers Gustav Kilman, Andrew Bado, Jeremy Dower
Lead animator Rafael Ventura
Animators Joakim Sandberg, Mark McDole, Paul Robertson
Additional animation Chris Kerlegon, Eunhi Oh, Danny McGillick, Randy van der Vlag
Characters illustrations Inti Creates
Additional illustrations Kristen George, Angelica Lopez, Alex Ahad, Chris Engle, Winking Entertainment
Technical artists Cristobal Hernandez, Diego Paz, Justin Criswell, Arvind Kumar
Audio guy Jake Kaufman
Voices Cristina Vee
Contributors Armando Soto, Chris Schroeder, Shannon Hatakeda, Jessie Seely
Quality assurance manager Jeremy Pryer
Quality assurance testers Chris Anderson, Michael Flores, Timothy Vinton, Robbie George, Georgeina Schaller, Nicholas Chavez, Landon Dastrup, Royal Keys, Jongsoo Yoon, Jaymes C. Taylor, Michael Bayne
Director of consumer engagement Brandis Hulett
Public relations Jordan Mayer
Community manager Aaron Thornton
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Glitches

See Glitches (Shantae series)#The Pirate's Curse for a list of glitches detected in this game.

Videos

Trailers

Character Spotlights

First look

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/06/exclusive_shantae_and_the_pirates_curse_is_also_coming_to_wii_u
  2. https://twitter.com/WayForward/status/440582896156278785
  3. https://twitter.com/WayForward/status/651834409864134656
  4. http://majornelson.com/2016/03/02/shantae-and-the-pirates-curse-is-now-available-for-digital-pre-order-and-pre-download-on-xbox-one/
  5. http://www.destructoid.com/shantae-and-the-pirate-s-curse-leaps-to-ps4-this-week-355968.phtml
  6. http://www.gonintendo.com/s/230283-gonintendo-end-of-day-thought-we-chat-about-shantae-s-upcoming-games-with-wayforward
  7. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero/posts/600876
  8. http://virt.bandcamp.com/album/shantae-and-the-pirates-curse-ost

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