Gaming Bus Live Stream, Vol. 30: Shantae (GBC)

Welcome to another edition of the Gaming Bus Live Stream. Last week, we had a pretty good run at Borderlands as I learned to play the game and gained some levels, only to watch as Josh gained three levels without so much as firing a shot.

Tonight, we go with an obscure title for the Game Boy Colour. Because the game was a platformer in 2002 on a dying system, it slipped under the radar despite its reported high quality. A lot of people slept on Shantae when it first came out despite that it was a Capcom game before Capcom sucked and that it was a well received game. 2D platformers weren’t popular in 2002: they had yet to become so retro that it became chic to pretend it was 1988 again; so while Shantae faded away, a small yet vocal group of gamers made it clear that we were missing a gem. Enough people made noise that developer WayForward—more famous for their work on Contra 4, the Boy and His Blob remake, and the criminally underrated Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck—self-published a sequel, Risky’s Revenge, for DSiWare.

Tonight will be my first exposure to Shantae, so it’ll be intersting to see just how badly I play. Most notable is the fact that I start a new RPG chat, likely on Saturday. The new game, after I beat Tales of Phantasia, is Live a Live for the Super Famicom. Hope to see everyone for Shantae tonight at 9:30PM EST!

Christopher Bowen

About Christopher Bowen

Christopher Bowen is the Editor in Chief of Gaming Bus. Before opening Gaming Bus in May of 2011, he was the News Editor at Diehard GameFAN, a lead reporter for DailyGamesNews, and a reviewer at Not A True Ending, also contributing to VIMM, SNESZone and Scotsmanality. Outside of the industry, he is a network engineer in Norwalk, CT and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.