Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Day One Ultimate Edition is flying off shelves on Nintendo Switch


Are you a fan of Shantae’s ponytail attack and awesome dance moves? You’re not alone. Publisher XSEED has announced that WayForward’s all-inclusive version of Shantae’s latest adventure, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Day One Ultimate Edition, is selling out at a record rate on Nintendo Switch.

How someone can choose not to buy this game after looking at this screenshot is beyond me

But if you’re thinking of purchasing the game, you’d better act fast! Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Day One Ultimate Edition is a limited supply, physical edition version of the base game with all DLC included, as well as an art book and soundtrack. As such, once stock runs out at various retailers, there will be no way to purchase the Day One Ultimate Edition (unless you buy it secondhand on eBay for exorbitant prices). Luckily, the game will be replaced with a new variant, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition, which is the same package as the Day One model, minus the art and music.

Gaze upon its glory before it disappears forever

Ken Berry, Executive Vice President at XSEED Games, was clearly ecstatic about the news, proclaiming:

We’re blown away at how eager XSEED, WayForward, and Shantae fans were to get their hands on this limited edition for the Switch. WayForward have been great to partner with, and have produced a truly fantastic game! We’re all humbled and excited by the reception and sales for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and are working hard to make sure we meet fan demand so that Shantae enthusiasts can have a physical version of the game to display in their collection.

Sharing in the feelings of utter joy, Matt Bozon, Shantae Director at WayForward, shouted from the rooftops:

This has been a long, wild, exciting ride from launching the Kickstarter through to this latest release. Our fans have been incredible throughout this experience, and we couldn’t be happier with how everything has turned out for Shantae and our partnership with XSEED Games on the North American retail release. They came up with an amazing limited edition that really does justice to all the hard work our team put into Shantae’s latest adventure, and it has clearly been popular with all of our dedicated fans!

Fans will always back you when you have a giant mermaid boss shooting head lasers at the main character

XSEED and WayForward certainly made the right choice in Kickstarting Half-Genie Hero. Shantae has always had a cult following, and fans were eager to give money towards a new game after the excellent Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (which is also available on Switch as a digital-only download). With Nintendo’s Switch selling like hotcakes, due in no small part to its wonderful portability, it’s not surprising that the Day One Ultimate Edition is disappearing so quickly.

The standalone Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition will soon be available at select retailers throughout North America at a suggested retail price of $39.99. As a reminder, this edition includes the base game, fancy outfits in the Costume Pack, the downloadable expansions Pirate Queen’s Quest and Friends to the End, all on a single cart the size of your thumb.

Once again, my procrastination has paid off, because I can now play as my fave Rottytops from the get go

For more information on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, visit the game’s website. And if you’re worried you might not nab the Day One Ultimate Edition in time, hopefully there’s a lamp nearby that you can rub!