The Mary Sue recently had an interview with the co-creator of the Shantae series, Matt Bozon.
Within the interview, Bozon spoke about his inspiration for the creation of Shantae and was asked what made him go with a light-hearted, girly character to which he responded:
“Shantae was created by my wife, and it began when I asked her what she would make given the opportunity to design a video game character. We were just making conversation. She disappeared, and I found her later working on drawings of Shantae in dance poses and hair whip poses. I asked her a bunch of questions about the character, what was going on in the drawings, what the game might play like. I suppose it matters that I didn’t create Shantae, I was introduced to her, and that makes her feel very real. I developed the cast and world around the character to create a contrast… as though Erin’s character is trapped in a world of my weird humor and imagination. Shantae’s personality has developed a lot since then, but she’s still the same in many ways… sweet, innocent, willful, and also fallible.”
He was also asked about what players should expect in Half-Genie Hero, and the mystery of Shantae’s parents:
“The storyline of Half-Genie Hero touches on this a little bit. But I want to keep some questions unanswered, because they are important motivators for Shantae’s character. I think her mother would be developed as a character before her father would be.”
In regards to Shantae potentially joining the Super Smash Bros line up, Bozon responded with:
“I’m really excited about Shantae being a possibility for Smash! How cool would that be? Amazing, right? I think stylistically she’d be a good fit, being something that exists somewhere between Mega Man and Peach. I’d hope she could recover in Harpy form, or maybe pull off some incredible dance and transformation for her Final Smash! I would love to see this happen, and if not now, then some time in the future!”
There’s also much more to this interview with Shantae’s co-creator, you can check out the full interview here.