Game Boy Color favorites make a comeback


We are delighted to confirm that two of our beloved classic titles are scheduled to be re-released in a partnership with Limited Run Games: Shantae and Xtreme Sports! Initially published on Game Boy Color, both games will return as authentic reproduction cartridges compatible with the vintage handheld hardware, plus both will be brought to Nintendo Switch in digital and physical forms. Preorders will begin in September for the physical version of Shantae, and in October for Xtreme Sports.

“Over the last decade, Shantae has built up a thriving fanbase, which is a dream come true!” says WayForward creative director and Shantae co-creator Matt Bozon. “Unfortunately, this also means that the majority of Shantae fans missed out when it came to owning a copy of her first adventure, which had a very low production run back in 2002. These days buying a copy on the collector’s market could cost upwards of a thousand dollars! Thanks to Limited Run Games, everyone will have a chance to own a copy of the original Shantae, along with Xtreme Sports, our first foray into handheld gaming, which laid the groundwork for Shantae. Both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are lost gems that you won’t want to miss!”

First released in 2002, Shantae is the groundbreaking action-adventure-platformer that introduced players to the eponymous Half-Genie heroine. In her debut title, Shantae hair-whips, dances, and transforms as she seeks out four elemental stones throughout Sequin Land to put a stop to the nefarious lady pirate, Risky Boots. Highly sought by fans and collectors, Shantae is often considered to be among the pinnacle of Game Boy Color releases.

Having recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its June 2000 launch, Xtreme Sports is a one-of-a-kind sports-themed action-RPG. As contenders Guppi or Fin, players must master five events — skateboarding, surfing, in-line skating, skyboarding, and street luge — by partaking in more than 100 breathtaking sports battles to outperform the competition and become the Xtreme Sports Champion. Are Guppi and Fin XTREME enough to win it all!?

Aside from the upcoming reproduction cartridges and Switch releases, both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are currently available in the eShop on Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. For more information about the Shantae series, Xtreme Sports, and other WayForward titles, please visit www.wayforward.com, and for more information about Limited Run Games, please visit www.limitedrungames.com.