Hello fellow Capcom enthusiasts. I just thought I would let you folk know that Limited Run Games has some Shantae rereleases for sale on their website. Yes, I count Shantae as a Capcom game. Granted, Capcom did not develop the game: That honor goes to Wayforward Software. However, Capcom was its official publishing house for the Gameboy Color in 2002 and it has the capcom logo front row and center on both the original box and the original cartridge, and I assume Capcom vetted the game before deciding to take it under their wing.
Some of you may already be aware, since I saw some talk about some video posts and some Shantae games in the Switch thread, but I thought this particular release really deserved its own topic to maximize awareness before it is too late, especially since it is not actually the switch version which interests me most. Specifically, they are selling a Wayforward licensed Shantae repro. cart for the Gameboy Color.
I would strongly advise anybody who wants a legal copy for the Gameboy Color, or might want a copy for the gameboy color, to place an order for it before preorders close on the 11th.
For those of you who might not realize why this is such a big deal, it should be noted that Shantae was a critically acclaimed and heavily advertised game that actually managed to sell quite poorly, so Capcom never made a second run of the Gameboy color version.
You might take poor sales to be a sign of a bad game, but the usual explanation for this is that it was a gameoy color game released in 2002, which was the year the Gameboy Advance was released, so people were not interested in playing Gameboy Color games irrespective of how good they were. It is a shame if that is the case because the Gameboy Advance was backwards compatible and Shantae was Gameboy Advance enhanced, and if that fact were better advertised it might have done better, but that is not what happened.
Because it never got a second run, it ended up being one of the rarer Gameboy Color games. It was listed at approximately $80 just for a loose cartridge until the time Half Genie Hero revived interest in the series. Then it rose to about $300, and I have even seen listings priced at over $1000, and presently there is an auction on ebay where it is priced at $510 due to end in about 19 hours, with the cheapest Buy It Now listing for an authentic cartridge being $800 (no links because I am not trying to endorse any particular e-bay listing). I know this because I did not buy the game when it was new, which is a decision I have regreted for years because I really wanted to play the game, but I could never bring myself to pay such inflated prices for a used game I could have bought new for just $30.
I also can’t bring myself to play games illegally due to complex ethical considerations (copyright is more than just profit from imminent sales of new media, but the ability to control demand through restricting supply to either encourage immediate purchase while the product is on the market or leverage higher prices later on), and while a 3DS e-shop release is just $5, I try to refrain from buying downloads to support the continued release of physical media that can be legally redistributed, even though as it turns out the used prices may seem unfair, and also prefer playing older games on original hardware where possible for the most authentic playing experience.
It should also be considered that the 3DS eshop won’t be around forever, especially since the 3DS line was recently discontinued, and that being able to play the game on an oriiginal Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance or G.B.A. player is the most authentic experience somebody could hope to have for this game.
Since I have personally regretted missing the opportunity to legitimately play the game for a long time, I want as many interested parties who may feel the same way do to know they can purchase such copy of the game which was legitiimatly licensed by Wayforward Software. Since this is a capcom-centric commuunity, and some of the forum’s primary games of interest are even older than Shantae, most notably including Street Fighter II, I feel as if this is one of the best places to reach out to others who may have felt like myself.
Limited Run games is selling quite a bunch of Shantae related merchandising, but the standard edition of just the game itself for the Gameboy color is $45, but there is also a collector’s edition for $75 that comes with some extras, such as a soundtrack C.D. or a poster. Granted, it does not have the Nintendo seal of approval or the Capcom logo, since those companies are no longer involved with its publication, but I do not think those things are objectively worth $450+ either.
I would like to say more about the game, but for the reasons described above, I never played it myself. I have read good things about it obviously and believe it will be a great game, or else I wouldn’t bother with this. For those of you who might wonder what the game might play like though, Limited Run Games has released a trailer video for it on Youtuube which demonstrates some gameplay:
It looks quite fun to me.