UPDATE: Shantae Half-Genie Hero is targeted for an October 2014 release date, not August 2014 as previously stated. Kickstarter backers in the beta tier will receive early access in August 2014.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Nintendo 3DS has been slightly delayed from its planned Q1 2014 release window, and no wonder! Genies are fickle. Pirates are no better, following fortune and trade winds wherever they may lead. It figures WayForward, the renowned 2D game developer behind Shantae, would have to delay the game with these wildcards in starring roles. That and it takes a lot of time to make a hand drawn, exploration-based platformer.

"Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will be in development for a couple more months while we add a few finishing touches," tweeted WayForward on Monday. "Almost there!"

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in WayForward's cult series that stretches back to the Capcom-published Shantae on Game Boy Color. Announced back in November 2012, Pirate's Curse is set to expand on the Metroidvania mix of exploration and action from the DSiWare game Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

It's also one of two Shantae games currently in production. Shortly after announcing Pirate's Curse, WayForward opened a Kickstarter fund for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. After meeting its goal, that game was pegged for an August 2014 release. With the delay of Pirate's Curse it's not impossible that Hero will get pushed back as well. WayForward is also working on a PC remake of the old Namco arcade game Wonder Momo and the Activision-backed Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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