Well, this is it: the final time I’ll be featuring a Wii U game here as my pick of the month. The games I’ve picked out over the three years of doing this haven’t always been critically acclaimed, but I’ve never cared for that. No, as long as I had fun playing them, then that’s all that matters.
Back on topic, who gets the honour of being my final pick for Wii U game of the month?
Well, it’s a franchise that spans four games. The first one was released for the Game Boy Color, whilst the most recent one (which is what I’ll be featuring here) was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and, of course, Wii U.
The game was funded via Kickstarter. It surpassed the goal of raising $400,000, with a total of $776,084 pledged.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the first full HD adventure in the Shantae series. The game begins with Shantae hearing a mysterious voice, leading her to an encounter where she’s warned about an impending evil only she can defeat.
After that dream sequence, it isn’t too long before Risky Boots reappears in Sequin Land once more and starts causing trouble. As you’d expect, Shantae goes after her.
Risky Boots causing trouble isn’t the only problem Shantae has to deal with though – a burning town, disappearing maidens and some really big monsters are just a few of the tribulations the half-genie has to go through.
Shantae retains her Hair-Whip Attack in this game; this has been a constant since the first game. However, returning after an absence in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse are transformation dances.
Transformation dances allow Shantae to take on different forms, thus opening up access to new areas. There are both old and new transformations. Becoming a monkey allows you to climb walls, whilst transforming into a crab lets you explore underwater.
Shantae also has access to sub-weapons, which consume her magic when she uses them. Fireballs, Storm Puffs and the Bubble shield are just a few examples – you might use sub-weapons as a ranged attack, or even as a means of defending yourself.
The action in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero plays out in arcade-style stages. After selecting your destination from the town – which serves as the central hub – Shantae is dropped into a stage and has to make her way past enemies, obstacles and even fight the odd boss or two.
Shantae retains its humour from the previous games, and there’s already been several points where I’ve found something funny. There’s a fairly large cast of characters, including both familiar and new faces.
With that, I now bring to a close the final ‘Wii U Game of the Month’ post. Personally, I think this is a pretty great game to end on. I’m not very far through it at the time of writing, but I’ve loved what I have played so far.
If you’re a fan of platformers, than Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is an easy recommendation. In fact, you can’t really go wrong with all of the games in the series.