I wish my purple haired half-genie lady's next game would get released sooner rather than later. However, it is not meant to be. Stripped of her genie powers, Shantae can't make my wishes come true, and WayForward has pushed back her next game, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.

The next game in WayForward's 2D platforming series was originally scheduled to be released earlier in the winter on the Nintendo 3DS, but the company has explained on Twitter that it needs just a little more time to "add a few finishing touches."

The Shantae series is a beacon of hope for all those who love classic Metroid style platformers and great pixel art. I mentioned in my Strider review that developers have to do something really special to make that style of game stand out, and WayForward finds a way to pull it off time and time again.

Every entry in the series, and all of the studio's games for that matter, are overflowing with the charm and character of the classic NES and Super Nintendo era of gaming. It is a studio that intimately understands what its audience wants and even more intimately knows the ins and outs of its inspirations.

This latest game places Shantae in an awkward position as she is unable to use her genie powers. Instead, she'll have to uncover a wide variety of weapons used by her arch rivals, Risky Boots and her crew of pirates, to aid in her latest quest.

Alongside Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, WayForward is working on an entirely new HD Shantae game funded by Kickstarter, and several ex-employees are on the verge of releasing the highly anticipated Shovel Knight. These guys love themselves some 2D games, and you should too.