VGChartz's Issa Maki: "Shantae's homecoming is a cause for celebration. There couldn't be a better time or place for the series to regain some much deserved traction, and the diehards will be ready to go. Newcomers might be turned off by some of the dated mechanics that hinder the gameplay, but those who can accept its shortcomings will clearly see that this was one of the Game Boy's best offerings. With her animal dances, spells, and command moves, the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fan in me can't help but feel like we were potentially robbed of a great addition to the cast. Anyone looking for some classic, old-school gaming can call off their search. Whatever Shantae's future holds, her past is worthy of dedication, but it's up to the player to prove themselves worthy of inheriting its legacy."