Nashville, TN – February 29th 2016 – Indie developer WayForward has been in the video game business for twenty-six years, producing countless games for generations of gaming platforms. In 2002, WayForward, released the first title of what would soon be WayForward’s mascot and most known character, Shantae, on Game Boy Color. Since then, WayForward’s famous half-genie has appeared in a handful of titles, the majority of which premiered on Nintendo handhelds. In a bid to keep IP like Shantae in the limelight, WayForward released a kickstarter for the next game in the Shantae series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which raised $776,084 in 2013, excluding funding received via PayPal donations.

Three years after the launch of WayForward’s successful kickstarter, is pleased to announce the cover of PNM Issue 27: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! For our cover story, PNM features an exclusive interview with Creative Director, Matt Bozon covering WayForward’s history with Scuttletown’s favorite (and only) guardian genie! But that’s not all!

To celebrate our new cover, will continue coverage of Half-Genie Hero throughout the month of March, so stay tuned to for more information!

Shantae: ½ Genie Hero will release on Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, and Steam later this year.

Here’s what some of our staff cooked up for this issue:

  • Alex -This issue I covered the humble origins of Shantae, and how the half genie hero has finally gotten her time in the limelight
  • Matt – I sat down with Matt Bozon of WayForward to talk all about WayForward’s History, Shantae’s origins, and details about their upcoming title, 1/2 Genie Hero!
  • Trevor – For this issue I conducted an interview about ‘Nindie’ game Soul Axiom, releasing soon on the Wii U.  The devs also shared some exclusive concept art with us!  I also took a look at Mario’s forgotten escapades on the CD-i … “Mama Mia”!


Pure Nintendo Magazine (PNM) Issue 27

By Pure Media LLC in Pure Nintendo Magazine (PNM)

74 pages, published 2/26/2016

2016 is going to be a big year for Nintendo in a lot of ways. Not only will we (hopefully) see the release of the next Zelda game, but we could also see the release of a new Nintendo console and/or handheld! In this issue we dive into one of my most anticipated titles of 2016, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. We go behind the scenes with the creator of Shantae himself, Matt Bozon, to discuss everything about Shantae’s new adventure. We also…


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