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The 2002 Game Boy Color title Shantae, the debut installment in the franchise of the same name, finally saw a re-release last week when the game was ported to Nintendo Switch. Popular YouTube user and homebrew developer Dimitris Giannakis, more commonly known as Modern Vintage Gamer, is responsible for the new port and offers a behind-the-scenes exploration of its development.

MVG explains that he was contacted by publisher Limited Run Games in 2019, which expressed interest in working with him to emulate some retro games on the Switch. As talks progressed, the pair agreed to work on a port of Shantae for the system. MVG explains that, in order to run the game, he first had to build his own Game Boy emulator for the Switch. With the software in place, it was then a case of testing Shantae and ironing out any graphical glitches that slipped through the transition.

The video also touches on how the game’s extras, which includes browsable concept art, were implemented, and how the “Licensed by Nintendo” text and Capcom logo were removed from Shantae’s Start screen.



Matt Bozon, co-creator of Shantae, recently shared his approval of the new Nintendo Switch port on Twitter.



Shantae is Modern Vintage Gamer’s first commercial game release and is available now on Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo eShop.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!