One of the many concerns surrounding the Nintendo Switch has always been the lineup – or possible lack thereof. Gamers and critics alike were worried in the early days that the Switch would follow in the footsteps of its immediate predecessor, the Wii U. Thankfully, Nintendo has shown over the last couple of months that, while the roll is slow, they aren’t about to leave gamers hanging for something to do. The most recent evidence of which takes the form of developer WayForward announcing on Twitter that they would be bringing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to the Nintendo Switch at some point this Summer.
WayForward is a relatively small studio, but one with an impressive history. Their doors opened in 1990, and over the years they have developed quite a list of games. Shantae specifically, however, became a pillar for the studio as early as 2002 with her first game – simply titled Shantae – on the GameBoy Color. The side-scrolling platformer was met with good reviews, but relatively low sales. That didn’t stop the studio from developing more games for her though. Half-Genie Hero is the fourth such title in the series and the first to be developed for the current generation of consoles. One of the crowdfunding success stories, the game has been received well so far and now gets to see a return to Nintendo platforms with its move to the Switch.
The details surrounding the new port are slim, WayForward promising details to come soon in the very same tweet that announced the release to begin with. As such, there is no release date nor price and we cannot be sure at this time whether or not the Switch version will receive the same planned DLC or if that DLC will be available at launch. At this moment all we can do is wait and get ready for another trip around the island.