Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a platform game by WayForward for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It is the third game in the Shantae series, following Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and was released on the Nintendo eShop on October 23, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS, on December 25, 2014 on Wii U, on April 23, 2015 on Steam, on the Amazon Fire TV on October 22, 2015, on the Xbox One on March 16th, 2016, on PlayStation 4 on April 19th, 2016, and on Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2018. It was also the first game in the series to experience a physical release since the first game on November 29, 2015, exclusive to Japan, thanks to a partnership between WayForward Technologies and Intergrow Inc. The game was later again physically released worldwide in October of 2016 via Limited Run Games, which gave the game a T rating rather than an E10+ one. Only 6,000 copies were made.
The game was announced in the November 2012 edition of Nintendo Power, and was in full development since the beginning of that year, but was already planned by the end of 2011, as Inti Creates were hired at that time to work on new artwork for the title. The game was followed by Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
Following the events of Shantae: Risky's Revenge, in which the half-genie girl Shantae was forced to defeat the embodiment of her own powers, she has been adjusting to a life without them as Mimic, Bolo and Sky help her protect Ammo Town. One day, however, Shantae is approached by her old nemesis, Risky Boots, who informs her that a curse is rapidly overtaking the land in preparation for the return of The Pirate Master, spelling doom for all of Sequin Land.
Having lost her army of Tinkerbats and her Pirate Gear due to the curse, Risky is forced to turn to Shantae for help in preventing the impending disaster. Despite not having her genie powers and still not being the town's Guardian Genie, Shantae nonetheless agrees to journey with Risky in order to save Sequin Land. Shantae does get her powers back and is re-hired as Guardian Genie during the good ending, and is able to transform again in the next game.
Players take control of the titular Shantae as she travels to stop the Pirate Master's revival by seeking out the sources of his dark magic and sealing them away. Unlike previous games, in which Shantae used her genie magic to take various forms, she must now seek out various Pirate Gear to progress through the game. These items include pistols, scimitars, and cannons.
Many of these items have multiple uses; the pistol, for example, can be used to activate distant switches as well as attack enemies. Some Pirate Gear can be upgraded throughout the game to make them more effective.
The second trailer for the game released during the E3 2014 showcases briefly the Dancer outfit previously seen in Risky's Revenge. Shantae, Rottytops, Sky and Risky wear it as a princess outfit in Tan Line Palace.
Shantae travels in several locations, including the returning Scuttle Town and its surroundings, and other islands. The map system from the previous installment is changed to a more Metroid-style map system and like Metroid, there are hidden paths.
The game also features 3D effects similar to Mighty Switch Force!, another WayForward title.
Shantae wears a purple vest and pirate bandana in the game's promotional artwork, but does not wear the bandana for the majority of the game. It occasionally shows up in her character portraits, as well as when she performs special Pirate moves (while using Risky's Hat, Boots and Cannon), but it is otherwise absent. This may indicate that at one point during development there was a goal of remaking all of Shantae's sprites but then decided against, leaving only the sprites used during special move animations. This may have been an economical decision to reuse Shantae's gameplay sprites from the previous game.
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 82/100 on 3DS, 85/100 on Wii U, 75/100 on PS4, 86/100 on Nintendo Switch, and 79/100 on Xbox One.
|Shantae created by||Matt and Erin Bozon|
|Tyrannical overlord||Voldi Way|
|Executive Producer||Chris Watson|
|Technical Director||James Chan|
|Director, Writer||Matt Bozon|
|Assistant directors||James Montagna, Jeff Luke|
|Lead Programmer||Larry Holdaway|
|Programmers||David Pabers, Michael de la Peña, Chris Losorelli|
|Additional programmers||Adam Lutz|
|Tile set artist||Henk Nieborg|
|Background artist||Chris Drysdale|
|Level designer||Kyle Bardiau|
|Pixel modelers||Gustav Kilman, Andrew Bado, Jeremy Dower|
|Lead animator||Rafael Ventura|
|Animators||Joakim Sandberg, Mark McDole, Paul Robertson|
|Additional animation||Chris Kerlegon, Eunhi Oh, Danny McGillick, Randy van der Vlag|
|Characters illustrations||Inti Creates|
|Additional illustrations||Kristen George, Angelica Lopez, Alex Ahad, Chris Engle, Winking Entertainment|
|Technical artists||Cristobal Hernandez, Diego Paz, Justin Criswell, Arvind Kumar|
|Audio guy||Jake Kaufman|
|Contributors||Armando Soto, Chris Schroeder, Shannon Hatakeda, Jessie Seely|
|Quality assurance manager||Jeremy Pryer|
|Quality assurance testers||Chris Anderson, Michael Flores, Timothy Vinton, Robbie George, Georgeina Schaller, Nicholas Chavez, Landon Dastrup, Royal Keys, Jongsoo Yoon, Jaymes C. Taylor, Michael Bayne|
|Director of consumer engagement||Brandis Hulett|
|Public relations||Jordan Mayer|
|Community manager||Aaron Thornton|
|Powered by||Engine Black|
See Glitches (Shantae series)#The Pirate's Curse for a list of glitches detected in this game.
- Metascore for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on 3DS, Metacritic, Retrieved April 17, 2020
- Metascore for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Wii U, Metacritic, Retrieved April 17, 2020
- Metascore for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on PS4, Metacritic, Retrieved April 17, 2020
- Metascore for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Nintendo Switch, Metacritic, Retrieved April 17, 2020
- Metascore for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Xbox One, Metacritic, Retrieved April 17, 2020