The launch of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse will be delayed a number of months in order to add "a few finishing touches," developer WayForward confirmed on Twitter.
The game's release was initially expected to launch in 2013 on Nintendo 3DS before being delayed until the first quarter of 2014. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third title in WayForward's Shantae series.
The studio is known for its licensed games and remakes, including the recently released DuckTales Remastered, but Shantae is one of the studio's original franchises. The series began with the original Shantae on Game Boy Color in 2002; a sequel, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, was released on Nintendo DSiWare in 2010 and on iOS in 2011. A Kickstarter campaign was later developed for WayForward's continuation of the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
"Shantae: Half-Genie Hero continues the tradition of action/adventure in the spirit of Metroid, Castlevania and The Legend of Zelda," said WayForward in the Kickstarter pitch. "Our goal is to introduce Shantae to a whole new audience with a fresh art style and a brand spanking new storyline."
The Shantae title was successfully funded last October, reaching $776,084 in pledges. The studio's initial funding goal was $400,000. At the time of the Kickstarter's launch, WayForward stated the game had already been confirmed for Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam.