Shantae is a platform video game developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Capcom for the Game Boy Color in 2002. It is the first title in the Shantae series, and would later be followed by three sequels: Shantae: Risky's Revenge in 2010, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in 2014, and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero in 2016.
The game follows the adventures of the eponymous half-genie Shantae, who must travel across Sequin Land, the setting of the series, to foil the domination plans of the evil lady pirate Risky Boots. During her quest, she learns various dances and acquires items which make her progressively stronger as well as unlocking new abilities and locations, leading her to ultimately face off against Risky in her hideout.
The game became obscure due to its release coming a year after that of the Game Boy Advance. However, it received favourable reviews and has garnered recognition since its release, being included on multiple lists of best games on the platform, and being called a "cult classic" by some reviewers.