All five Shantae games are now on Switch, commemorating nearly 20 years of history

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Two out of five appeared only recently

The Switch just turned four years old last year, which means it already has a long history.

It's hard to believe it's been around for so long, but publishers have been drawn to it like a prospector to a gold mine: as evidenced by the 30-40 games that flood the eShop each week. Also, if there's a game that can possibly be ported to it, it probably exists.

This list keeps growing and now includes all five Shantae games throughout WayForward's history. With the original Switch hitting yesterday, the catalog is complete.

With today's release of the original Shantae in the Switch eShop, all five Shantae games are available for the very first time on one system! Check out this trailer to celebrate the occasion!

– WayForward (@WayForward) 22 avril 2022

This complete list includes:

  • Shantae (2002)
  • Shantae: The Vengeance of Risky (2022)
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (2022)
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (2022)
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (2022)

Half-Genie Hero and Seven Sirens were relatively easy to port to Switch as WayForward was keen to bring them to almost every platform under the sun: even Vita for the former and mobile for the latter.

Pirate's Curse has always been kind of a shoo-in too, given that it originally came to 3DS and Wii U before any other platform. But Risky's Revenge took a while to hit Switch, with a port only arriving in October of last year. And the first Shantae is by far the most elusive, considering it's only been hosted on two platforms before this week: Game Boy Color and 3DS.

I love replaying a series from start to finish, and now it's even easier with Shantae, without having to dig another laptop.

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