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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse coming to Nintendo 3DS eShop in 2013

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WayForward's belly dancing heroine Shantae will return in a new adventure coming to Nintendo 3DS next year, according to the latest issue of Nintendo Power magazine.

Shantae and Pirate's Curse, destined for release exclusively via Nintendo's eShop, is reportedly a direct sequel to 2010 DSiWare game Shantae: Risky's Revenge. According to Nintendo Power's write up, the latest Shantae will feature a more Metroid-like experience, with a "large, interconnected, non-linear 2D game world" and items that grant Shantae new abilities that in turn grant access to new areas.

"Each new ability is both a mobility enhancement and a weapon," says WayForward Technologies creative director Matt Bozon. "For example, the Bone Daggers allow players to throw deadly knives at long range, but they are also useful for lodging into walls or gears to be used as handholds. Players can also find the Flintlock Pistol, which introduces gunplay but is also a means of hitting distant switches."

Shantae will also be able to collect items like a scimitar that cuts down enemies and obstacles, dash boots, a grappling hook and a glider-like hat. Upgrades for items are available for purchase at an in-game shop.

Nintendo Power has first screenshots of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, plus story details, in its sneak peek at the new issue's contents.