Artwork of the main character of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. (Wayforward)
A side-scrolling, adventure video game from the company Wayforward reached and surpassed an online funding goal over a week before its target date.
Wayforward, which has produced both licensed (Smurfs 2, Adventure Time) and original (Shantae, Mighty Switch Force) video games, reached and passed a funding goal of $400,000 on Monday, September 23rd, 2013. This money was raised through the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter.
That goal was to fund Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, a sequel to the critically-acclaimed Shantae released on the Nintendo Game Boy Color in 2002 and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge on the Nintendo DSi in 2010.
In Half-Genie Hero, the player controls Shantae who explores worlds, fights enemies, solves puzzles and more throughout 3D-rendered levels. The game will feature high-definition graphics, and is planned for all major video game consoles, as well as PC download services. The current target is sometime in 2014.
Despite the main goal being reached, those who donate can still help the game reach “stretch goals.” For example, if $500,000 is reached, players will be able to control the main villain of the game, Risky Boots. If $700,000, bonus costumes would be unlocked.
In a recent “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.com, the developers of Wayforward also expressed interest in developing a game based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, if it would be possible to do so. That modern animated series has a passionate fanbase of teenagers and adults, in addition to the primary target audience of young girls.