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  • F.T. Wolf

Review: Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut

Updated: Apr 20

Ret-2-Go once more!

Console: Nintendo Switch

The history behind Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut is an interesting one. While the original Shantae was a critical success, it sold poorly. Releasing it on the Gameboy Colour at a time when the Gameboy Advance was the hip, new console on the block can be blamed for that. Developer WayForward thus put the franchise on the back burner but didn't forget about it entirely. Eight years after the original and two consoles later, it released the official sequel, Risky's Revenge, on the DSi shop.


Originally meant to be an episodic title, it was eventually decided to make it a traditional single game. This resulted in quite a bit of cut-content, though from the looks of it, this is what formed the basis for the third game in the series: Pirate's Curse. Shantae: Risky's Revenge was received pretty well on the DSi. As part of a promotion and preview of the "Costume Swap" stretch goal for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Shantae received an alternate dancer costume in the form of a new mode. This, alongside some other minor updates, was later released as its own separate game: Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut. This upgraded version of the game came to the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, and that's the version of the game I'm reviewing today.

So, is this 10-year-old game still worth your time and money today? For what it is, yes. Let's dive in.