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Retro platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is getting the deluxe treatment. The Ultimate Day One Edition released this week as a special physical version exclusive for Nintendo Switch. It’s published by XSEED Games and available at most retailers for $39.99.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Day One Edition includes a 30-song soundtrack on CD, a 100-page art book, and all previously released DLC digital content. The Pirate Queen’s Quest lets you play as the villainous pirate Risky Boots in her own spin-off story. Friends to the End is another spin-off story DLC. It stars Shantae’s three allies as they try to rescue her during the final act of the main story. The Costume Pack adds three new outfits for the titular hero. They don’t just change her look but add new abilities and gameplay levels.
The Ultimate Day One Edition also features an extra Hard Core mode. This mode rebalances enemies, healing, and magic items to provide a much more challenging experience.
Developed by WayForward Technologies, Shante: Half-Genie Hero is the fourth game in the series. The series originally began on the Game Boy Color back in 2002. Half-Genie Hero is the first game to make the jump to home consoles, bolstered by a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter in 2013. Half-Genie Hero launched in late 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U before coming to Nintendo Switch last summer.
A digital version of the Ultimate Edition is also available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch for $29.99. It includes the DLC but obviously not the physical art book or soundtrack CD.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been rated T for Teen with Cartoon Violence and Suggestive Themes.
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In lieu of a traditional review I’m going to do something a bit different with the SNES Classic Edition. I’m going to rank all 21 games included in the retro 90s emulator.
The SNES Classic Edition is a great little product that nails the original design of the console and controllers. It’s not without flaws: the short cord range (about 5 ft) can be a big annoyance, and in order to change games and use the rewind and save-state features, you have to physically push a button on the console. But those features also add a lot of modern convenience to classic games, greatly improving accessibility.
As the front-runner for greatest console of all time, the Super Nintendo had some pretty good games. The SNES Classic Edition does a near-perfect job of drawing from a wide variety of genres and gameplay styles to represent some (though not all) of the best games of the era.
Nostalgia can always play a major role. It’s impossible to ignore if you grew up as an impressionable gaming kid in the early 90s, as I did. I played almost all of these titles over two decades ago. Now I’m ranking these games based on how well they hold up today. Intuitive gameplay and controls, aging graphics, and integrated multiplayer will all be a factor. Read More
The highly anticipated Super NES Classic Edition hits stores today with a retail price tag of $79.99. The retro console comes in at a teeny miniature replica size, two controllers, and 21 games, including the never-before-released Starfox 2.
“Super NES Classic Edition is perfect for any Nintendo fan, retro gamer or anyone who just wants to play some really fun video games,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “And at a reasonable price, the system will be a great addition to any holiday shopping list.”
The Super NES Classic Edition includes an HDMI cable, USB charging cable with AC adapter, and two wired controllers.
The library of included games is very impressive, drawing from huge classic games and series like Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy. The library includes 13 of the top 14 games I listed in my wishlist for the retro console before they were announced. You can see all the included games in the handy pic below.
All games are available from the start with the exception of Star Fox 2. You’ll need to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock it.
The SNES Classic comes with a few modern features as well. A Rewind feature lets you reverse about a minute of game time to retry particularly challenging sections. You can create up to four suspend points to save your games any time. You can also wrap different borders around the old games to help fill in the widescreen discrepancy.
Nintendo made waves last year with the excitement – then disappointment over the NES Classic Edition. The little retro console came bundled with 30 games, but Nintendo failed to keep up with the incredible demand.
This year Nintendo pledged to deliver more SNES Classic Editions on launch day than were shipped all last year for the NES Classic. I can already personally attest to the difference. I walked into a Target ten minutes after they opened this morning and was able to pick one up after their line of 20 or so people had already gone through.
The NES Classic Edition will also resume production sometime in 2018.