UPDATE: It looks like fans of the half-genie will have to wait just a little bit longer for this update to hit. Version 1.01 has been pushed back a couple days and will be available to download this Thursday, March 9th, in North America instead.


Old school platforming fans rejoice! Weave-whipping heroine Shantae is upping the ante for players seeking a more challenging experience by including a brand new Hard Core Mode.

Available today via a free update, gluttons for punishment can look forward to the following sadistic features:

  • Harder hitting enemies
  • Faster enemy patterns
  • Faster scrolling speeds
  • Remixed enemy locations
  • New boss patterns, attacks and stats
  • Healing items capped at six
  • Re-balanced magic items
  • Clearly, a soon to be bruised and battered half-genie who’s only wish is to be free from your abusive relationship.

Check out the official reveal trailer:


Who’s looking forward to smashing their Wii U GamePad to pieces? Sound off in the comments!

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When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.

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