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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Feb 10, 2017
    70
    The boost graphics look nice, specially the new sprites and animations, but sadly the constant backtracking and the linear design of the levels make evident the lack of content of the title, and the lost of the exploration inherent to the franchise in previous entries.
  2. Jan 4, 2017
    70
    Shantae looks lovelier than ever in high definition, swaying hips more voluptuously to boot. However the wonderful belly dancer lost some charm through her cartoonish traits, despite a wider array of powers. Inspired by the trends, particularly crowdfunding, Half-Genie Hero openly embraces an episodic structure, confining exploration meanwhile. A more straight(way)forward approach, but this episode falls a little short in comparison to the scale of the previous trilogy, unless upcoming DLCs prove otherwise.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Dec 23, 2016
    9
    A fabulous adventure full of hd visuals, good level design and beautiful characters. Perhaps the game duration is short, the price and theA fabulous adventure full of hd visuals, good level design and beautiful characters. Perhaps the game duration is short, the price and the adventure make the value every cent. Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2017
    9
    I have played every Shantae's games and this is probably the best one! The abilities are very nice and the gameplay is near perfect. One ofI have played every Shantae's games and this is probably the best one! The abilities are very nice and the gameplay is near perfect. One of the best platformer games out there. People do not realize how many good titles there are on the Wii U....I personally do not like long games....It took me about 6-7 hours to beat this one which is ok by me. Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    8
    What other ppl said is so much true about this game. This is simply great metroidvania platformer and must have for Wii U owners.

    My only
    What other ppl said is so much true about this game. This is simply great metroidvania platformer and must have for Wii U owners.

    My only plea is random "stuttering" this game experiences, which really interrupts gameplay. Like if it tried to read randomly assets during gameplay. Maybe it's my HDD, maybe not, but the fact is that it's the only game on Wii U that lags in that pesky way.
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