Sequins and scurvy! Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse finally hits Europe this week

We’re able to look past the fact that the majority of WayForward’s licensed games are poor on the grounds that such work helps to fund the studio’s own projects.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a fine example – a genuine labour of love, just like the first two Shantae games before it.

American gamers received the 2D Metroidvania alike just before Christmas, thus giving us Europeans an early heads up in the process. The 3DS version stands proud with a Metacritic of 83% – which includes a 9/10 from Pocket Gamer and an 8.5 from IGN – while the Wii U iteration received 4.5/5 from Hardcore Gamer and an 8/10 from Cubed3.

US Gamer meanwhile rated the colourful caper 4/5. “Shantae has always been a passion project for WayForward, but this is the first time the series feels like it properly realizes the developer’s ambition for it. A fun, funny, and pleasant substantial Metroid-alike boasting phenomenal old-school visuals and a refreshing sense of optimism, it’s both an eShop standout and a great (though by no means final) conclusion to a slow-burning trilogy of games,” they said.

Both the 3DS and Wii U versions are set to cost £15.99 when they arrive on Thursday. For those wanting to own both, a second copy for either system can be had for £7.99 as long as it’s purchased using the same Nintendo ID as the first.

Alphadia Genesis

Another belatedly making its way to Wii U this week is Kemco’s JRPG Alphadia Genesis (£11.99). Nintendo Life claims that it’s lacking originality but still not too shabby. “If you can put up with Alphadia Genesis’ liberal use of tired cliches, poor localization, and dissonant presentation, you’ll find a fun little JRPG with fast-paced combat and a refreshingly simple customization system” was their verdict.

Also arriving on Wii U this Thursday – Mega Man Zero 2 (£6.29) and the incredibly blatant Flappy Bird clone Frenchy Bird (£1.79). Le sigh.

The 3DS meanwhile gets Best of Board Games – Mahjong (£8.99), Best of Arcade Games – Brick Breaker (£8.99) and a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo. Since when has Mahjong been the best of board games? Everybody knows Hero Quest is the best.

Lastly, we have Curve Digital to thank for this week’s price cuts. Until 19th Feb there’s 25% off Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut, Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones, The Swapper and Thomas Was Alone. If you already own a Curve Digital title then you’ll receive an additional 10% off, giving a 35% discount. Bonus!

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