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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Platform: Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Microsoft Windows, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Time to dust off that 3DS XL, close that still-running Pokemon game and get on the eShop to download the third entry in WayForward Technologies’s platform series. You play as a half-genie who uses her hair to attack, but is forced to join forces with arch-nemesis Risky Boots to save Sequin Land from the Ammo Barron and evil Pirate Master.

Like titles such as sandbox game Terraria and classic Super Metroid on the SNES (also available on the SNES Classic Mini released later this month), Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse also rewards exploration. The more you do in this relatively short but entertaining game, the more you will get out of it. The fourth instalment in the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is also out now on multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch.

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