Shantae, the original Game Boy Color game, comes to Switch this month

original Shantae 1 Game Boy Color digital release Nintendo Switch WayForward

WayForward has announced that it will release the original Game Boy Color Shantae game digitally on Nintendo Switch on April 22. The game launched in 2002 and fetches ridiculous prices on eBay, so you won’t have to put up with such things to play the game legally anymore. WayForward describes this Switch version as a “pixel-perfect adaptation,” and “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!” You have the option to play¬†Shantae in standard Game Boy Color mode or enhanced Game Boy Advance mode.

Last year, Limited Run Games announced a new physical release of the Game Boy Color game, but preorders for it are long over by now. Those are currently estimated to ship at some point this month as well.

WayForward’s Shantae franchise has only been picking up steam with time, with five main releases and the lead character making cameo appearances in several other franchises. Most recently, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut launched for Nintendo Switch last year.

Switch is certainly the place for quality platformers and/or Metroidvanias of past and present, with myriad options like Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection and Cyber Shadow.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!