Shantae's First Adventure Is Being Re-Released on Switch, And Surprisingly, Game Boy Color

Shantae's First Adventure Is Being Re-Released on Switch, And Surprisingly, Game Boy Color

Two new ports are rounding out the half-genie collection on Switch.

Limited Run Games hosted a stream today, announcing a litany of new games that are getting physical editions in the future. Games ranged from the ancient to the unreleased, but a few in particular came with a surprising announcement of a forthcoming Switch port.

The original Shantae and Xtreme Sports will both get digitally ported to the Nintendo Switch, alongside physical launches for the Nintendo Switch versions and new reproduction carts of the original Game Boy Color cartridges. So not only is the original adventure coming to Switch, but its infamously expensive and difficult-to-find GBC version is being reborn as well. Good news for all those collectors and their wallets out there.

WayForward also announced that Shantae: Risky's Revenge will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch, which means the entire Shantae series will eventually be on Nintendo's handheld hybrid, all the way up to the recent Shantae and the Seven Sirens. That seems like a pretty good way to play through all them, too.

There was also a tease that something new is in the works regarding last year's stylish brawler River City Girls. Though not many details were shared, WayForward has confirmed on Twitter that it will be a "separate project, not DLC."

A shot of the original Shantae from 2002 from today's stream. | WayForward/Limited Run Games

WayForward has always garnered a fervent following for its games, especially on Nintendo systems, so it's rad to see these older games come to the Switch. Xtreme Sports in particular is a fascinating pull; getting the full Shantae series onto the Switch makes sense, but Xtreme Sports is a sports RPG that hasn't been talked about as much. Maybe this could drive hopes for even more out-there WayForward games, like a Sigma Star Saga port?

Either way, it'll be nice to have the entire Shantae saga on Nintendo's handheld. For more on the history of the half-genie hero, check out our interview with one of her creators from earlier this year.

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