Shantae developer WayForward is celebrating 25 years in the gaming industry with some fantastic discounts on select Wii U and 3DS games. Following its Twitter tease at the beginning of the week, the Californian-based developer has detailed which games are receiving between 25 and 75 per cent off on the Nintendo eShop on its official blog. So if you’ve yet to hop into lightning quick action in Mighty Switch Force!, its sequel, or take on peg-legged enemies in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, it’s prime time to do so. Below you’ll find a bullet-pointed list of all the discounts available in the eShop from March 12 – 19.
Nintendo 3DS eShop (3/12/-3/19, North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand):
- Mighty Switch Force! (3DS) – 75% off
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (3DS) – 75% off
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS) – 25% off
Nintendo Wii U eShop (3/12/-3/19, North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand):
- Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U) – 75% off
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U) – 75% off
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U) – 25% off
WayForward turned 25 yesterday, March 1st. To celebrate being around for a quarter century, the Shantae developer is teasing some type of incoming “fun.” Founded in 1990, WayForward got its start in the SNES era of gaming. It has developed more than 200 titles and continues to support Nintendo systems with multiplatform games and exclusives alike. One of its latest releases, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is available only on the Nintendo eShop for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. WayForward creative director Matt Bozon recently attributed the studio’s success to longtime Nintendo fans.
WayForward designer and director James Montagna has revealed that he is developing a solo project for Wii U. Montagna says he plans to soon make a formal announcement regarding his upcoming Wii U project. In addition to his indie projects, Montagna worked with WayForward on over 15 titles, including A Boy and His Blob, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! and the recently-released Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
WayForward has finally confirmed that Shantae and the Pirates Curse for the Wii U will be launching on Christmas Day in the United States and will only set you back $20. Clearly a lot of you will be visiting the Wii U eShop on Christmas Day and giving the game a spin. Hopefully it lives up to expectations.
• HD character portraits by Mega Man developer IntiCreates
• Off-TV play
• Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller support
• Unlockable Pirate-Mode
• Multiple endings
• Epic original soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman
WayForward Technologies has explained why it continues to support Nintendo and Wii U. Although it no longer makes games exclusively for Nintendo platforms, the Shantae developer attributes its success to longtime Nintendo fans. The studio is currently working on the Wii U version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, which is set to launch on December 25th via the Nintendo eShop. The game made its debut earlier this year on Nintendo 3DS. WayForward has another project in the works, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is also heading to Wii U.
“We’ve been there supporting Nintendo with every system launch starting with the Game Boy Color,” said WayForward creative director Matt Bozon. “We want to be first in line to make games for these legendary platforms. Whether they reach a massive audience or not, Nintendo fans occupy an extremely loyal corner of the game industry. They like intelligent design and visually iconic characters, and they typically understand that games of high quality take time. Sure, we want our games to appear everywhere and be played by everyone, but I feel we have a real connection with Nintendo and its fans.
“We’re working to expand our fan base, but Nintendo fans got us here which is why we go the extra mile to serve them when we can.”
WayForward has just uploaded the launch trailer for the long-awaited Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. The description says the final chapter in the Shantae story is her biggest adventure yet. When Shantae loses her genie magic, she must join forces with the nefarious pirate Risky Boots to save Sequin Land from an evil curse.
As Shantae, explore mysterious islands, solve puzzling labyrinths, wield powerful pirate weapons, and slay monsters with Shantae’s signature hair-whip attack! Big bosses, off-beat humor, and a cast of characters both weird and wonderful as only WayForward can deliver. Available in North America on 3DS 10.23.14 for $19.99.
WayForward has today announced that Shantae and the Pirates Curse will be launching on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on October 23rd in the United States for $19.99. The company also released a brand new trailer for Rottytops, everyone’s favorite zombie-girl, which you can view above.