Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Hands-On) (Nintendo 3DS) Preview

By Adam Riley 30.09.2013

Review for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

There was a time when it looked like all hope was lost for a successor to Shantae on the Game Boy Color, with fans begging for WayForward to release a follow-up to the fantastic Capcom-published platform adventure but nothing quite ever coming to fruition due to varying reasons. Now, thankfully, the world has had its wish granted and there is plenty of Shantae action on the way. After the excellent Risky's Revenge on DSiWare there is both Half-Genie Hero coming via the Kickstarter campaign and Pirate's Curse on 3DS eShop. Rejoice!

'Standard platform fare' may be used more often than not in a derogatory manner, but Shantae and the Pirate's Curse begins that way, and in no way is that a bad thing! If anything, there are times when a platform title should do away with numerous gimmicks and head back to its roots for those old school fans out there. Pure, unadulterated platform fun - that is what players need at times, and Pirate's Curse delivers - for the most part, as no doubt it will unfold into something more elaborate later into the adventure.

Shantae, the half genie, starts with a mere hair flick for despatching enemies, with the focus being mainly on tight platform action, leaping from ledge to ledge, launching over treacherous gaps, and collecting various health and monetary items along the way. The booth attendant admitted that this was not too appealing, but the game grew on him as the adventure continued, and whilst Cubed3 is not in agreement that the initial simple section was boring (since, as said, 'pure unadulterated fun' is great in our books!), the action does heat up as it continues, which will appeal to the masses.

Screenshot for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

After testing old school skills in the early stages, it does not take too long before the puzzle elements start to creep in, which complement the 'standard' action extremely well. The addition of fire power in the form of a small gun aids Shantae when it comes to dealing with enemies from a long distance, as well as flicking far off switches to open up new routes and pathways. Whilst only getting a minor taster of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the quality levels were already high, following on perfectly from the shining star that was Risky's Revenge on Nintendo DSiWare. Hopefully people do not overlook this addictive game in favour of the Kickstarter project...

Screenshot for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

Final Thoughts

How many times can WayForward keep doing this? Superb platform adventure after superb platform adventure! Only a short demo of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse was on show, but there was enough to highlight how this is a more refined outing that the already highly enjoyable Risky's Revenge and looks set to become the strongest platform outing on 3DS eShop. More, please!


WayForward Technologies




2D Platformer



C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   


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