With ten days of a thirty day crowdfunding attempt now passed, Shantae Half-Genie Hero is now at only a little over half its goal of $400K. While this is certainly an accomplishment for such a niche game, I can't help but express some disappointment in the speed (or lack thereof) of the funding in question. There is no doubt that Shantae will certainly be funded in time, but as far as any stretch goals are concerned there is a seriously large question mark hanging overhead.
WayForward have been actively creating post after post to keep their new found community invigorated, responding quickly to questions and concerns as well as changing aspects of the game and Kickstarter page on the fly to satisfy fans. And yet it is not drawing in the large crowd I personally would have expected. Some would attribute this to the poor timing given Mighty No. 9's Kickstarter launch mere days before Shantae's. Shantae's following has been strong in spite of its issues, but I feel it ought to be even stronger.
For those who don't know, Shantae is a 2D platforming series about a half-genie protecting a small town from a nefariousness pirate named Risky Boots. This iteration is the first time that WayForward has attempted to do a console iteration and for all major consoles, both previous and current generation. A certainly very promising prospect, especially for fans of platforming games.
My hope in the end is for those who donated to Mighty No. 9 as well as to other KS platformer titles to see a similar appeal in Shantae and hopefully pledge for that game as well, but because it is not nearly as well know, it really is up to gaming fans to spread the game and its kickstarter around. I can only do so much as one person, but maybe I can encourage you to this game a much stronger push. If you have other friends or actively engage in community discussions on other sites, consider spreading the link around or just opting to talk about the game with some who many not already know of it. It probably comes off as being a walking advertisement, but I feel this title may largely benefit from it.
With another twenty or so days to go and the goal still not met, I hope with this blog I can convince some of you N4G users out there to pledge, spread the word or do both (assuming you have not yet done so) and boost the game's chances of not only being made, but surpassing what the bare minimum will offer. Most people know me as one of N4G's bigger Nintendo guys, but for me the Shantae series was always the real deal and this new game is by no means any exception. I certainly cannot wait to play it and I hope my excitement is shared by all of you.
Now go out there and pledge and talk and spread the word if you can. If you're unsure, give the game a look at least. I personally don't think you will walk away disappointed.