Nintendo Switch Receiving Another Wii U Game

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the next Wii U title coming to the console.


The popular indie platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer, developer WayForward has announced via Twitter. The game is releasing in both digital and physical formats, the latter of which is being published by Xseed.

Half-Genie Hero is the fourth installment in the Shantae series and the first to be developed for HD consoles, mixing beautiful hand-drawn character art with 3D environments. The game was released back in December 2016 for Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and PS Vita. In addition to the Shantae series, WayForward is known for its work on DuckTales Remastered and the Mighty Switch Force titles.

The Switch version of Half-Genie Hero will utilize the console's HD rumble feature with 150 exclusive "HD Rumble events." WayForward didn't explain how these events would be implemented in the gameplay, but the developer promised that more details would be "coming soon."

Half-Genie Hero is the latest Wii U game being ported to Nintendo's new console; last month, Nintendo released an expanded version of Mario Kart 8 for Switch, which would immediately break sales records for the series. There are plenty of other Wii U games that we would love to see make their way to the new system as well.

WayForward has yet to announce a release date for the Switch version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The game received a positive reception when it was initially released; we called the title "a delightful experience" in our review and awarded it 8/10.

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