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Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution Heads to Game Boy Advance

Finally, more Shantae!

Wayforward have announced something of an unexpected surprise, with news that the purple-haired half-genie’s never before released GBA entry, Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution, is finally on its way only 20 years after its original demo. On cartridge!

According to WayFoward, Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution is the “long-lost sequel” to the original Shantae, which released on Game Boy Color all the way back in 2002. The game was meant to be released probably around 2004, but for one reason or another, that never happened.

But despite only being a demo, and sitting unfinished for literal decades, the original team behind Shantae Advance have picked up the pieces and are just about ready to finish what they started all those years ago:

“Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution reunites the design team of Shantae creator Erin Bozon, series director Matt Bozon, and programmer Michael Stragey, who are using GBA-era development tools to authentically complete the handheld experience that was planned so many years ago.

Previously existing only in unfinished demo form, Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution will be released as a full game with all of the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action that Shantae fans have come to expect, along with multiple chapters, numerous towns and labyrinths, six creature transformations, fierce bosses, and a soundtrack by acclaimed composer Maddie Lim, plus a 4-player battle mode.”

Limited Run Games plans to release a physical version that will actually play on Game Boy Advance systems sometime in early 2024. No word yet on digital or modern consoles, though!

How about the story? As Matt Bozon explains in the above video, Risky Revolution was actually meant to be the game in which many of the main cast first meet. He says it’s a “missing chapter,” so it’s great to finally see it completed. Risky Revolution will also involve a unique gameplay mechanic allowing players to rotate the continent of Sequin Land and do all sorts of funky things with the environment.

With Shantae Advance just over the horizon, it might be hard to keep track of the correct play order (or at least it is for me). Never fear – I have you covered!

The Shantae Play Order (2023):

  1. Shantae (2002, Game Boy Color)
  2. Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution (2024, Game Boy Advance)
  3. Shante: Risky’s Revenge (2010, Nintendo DSi)
  4. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (2014, Nintendo 3DS)
  5. Shantae: Half Genie Hero (2016, Nintendo Wii U, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, PC)
  6. Shantae and the Seven Sirens (2019, Apple Arcade)

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