Shantae: Risky’s Revenge OST

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Original Soundtrack has been released!

The Story

The original Shantae was one of the last games released for the Game Boy Color, and its technology and production values were pretty amazing for the time. In the years that followed, WayForward has taken on increasingly awesome projects, and I’ve been lucky enough to work on many of them. Almost a decade after Shantae, I’ve moved out to California to be their full-time Audio Guy.

The world of Shantae has developed a following of wonderful, devoted fans, but numerous attempts to work on a sequel have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another. Mostly good reasons, trust me. But finally, thanks to the work of an incredible team of programmers, artists, and designers, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is a done deal! In my opinion, it’s the best DSiWare game ever — but I am a shameless fanboy, so I encourage you to see for yourself and play it as soon as possible.

For many years, the soundtrack from the original Game Boy Color version of Shantae has been freely available, here on my site. At long last, I am happy to release the sequel!

Download the Soundtrack

I love every last one of you, and I trust that your hearts are kind and your moneymakers are shaken. So I’m offering you the album for free, and allowing you to decide whether to pay for it — and if so, how much.

You are welcome to download it either way, but if you buy it, the proceeds will go straight into our studio budget for music equipment, allowing me to make make even better soundtracks for you in the future. If you can’t pay for it, all I ask is that you spread the word, blast it in your car, send it to your college-radio-DJ friend, post on forums, make chiptune “de-mixes” of it.  Just feel good and enjoy the music.

Now comes your choice: either…

I think this is worth paying for!


I can’t pay for this, but I’d like it anyway!

46 Responses to "Shantae: Risky’s Revenge OST"

  1. virt 27/09/2010 05:09:17

    Hi, everyone! Testing the comments page! I’m re-coding things as you browse. If the page seems broken, check again in a few minutes!

  2. Ncholas 27/09/2010 06:09:06

    I’m new to this Shantae game, but I’m actually really excited for it to come out. I’ve been reading about it on IGN. Lately, I’ve been discovering what kind of games I really like and I think platform/adventure games are really my thing. I’ve been hunched over playing Metroid: Zero Mission since Metroid: Other M’s release and I love the gorgeous pixel art. With this glimpse of Shantae I see another world that looks even more enticing and if the music is as good as the sample played on IGN then this will be the perfect addition to my rather sad DSiWare library. I’ll check it out and then let you know what I think and how much I’d like to pay.

  3. tz 27/09/2010 06:09:21

    Totally sent you some money.

    I’m so excited that this is finally coming out. It’s been entirely too long in the making. I’m not going to listen until I’ve actually played the game, but I can’t wait to hear what you’ve done.

  4. Nic 27/09/2010 06:09:42

    Downloading it now. Getting the game next Monday. And since it’ll be post payday, I plan on sending some money your way then as well.

    BTW, also looking forward to your contributions to Retro City Rampage.

  5. Matthew G. 27/09/2010 07:09:20

    Hate to say it, but at this very moment I won’t be able to pay yet… main reason is to save up for a 3DS, which in turn will be how I buy Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. After that I’ll definitely be coming back to give you what I can for this!

    … now, convince the sprite team to be as cool as you and release a sprite sheet or two so I can make the perfect tribute thingie.

  6. Mirby 27/09/2010 10:09:19


    You made me remember I need to beat the original.

    And get a DSi so I can get this!

    Also, listening to the soundtrack, and it’s friggin’ epic. Keeps the feel of the original while remaining new and fresh. Great work!

  7. Shugo 27/09/2010 11:09:23

    I love it when organizations like you give people the choice on whether or not they want to pay for something digital. Not saying everyone should do it, but it’s certainly respectful.

    Have $2 from me. I know it ain’t much, but I’ve only got $3 on me at the moment so take it or leave it. :P

  8. Joshua Morse 28/09/2010 05:09:01

    Easily my fav work of yours. I sense a remix is approaching…

  9. skyline 28/09/2010 09:09:23

    I purchased album with babby and got album with no babby. Would not buy again!!! A+++++++++

  10. skyline 28/09/2010 09:09:25

    This is amazing work. I love it. <3

  11. andreas 28/09/2010 10:09:09

    Awesome. I smell another 2 years of making PuD learn ridiculous bass parts….

  12. VixyNyan 28/09/2010 10:09:15

    I give you $25, and a message for you. I really love the original style and composition of your songs, and I am always happy when you make something new. I got my DSi ready for Risky’s Revenge and will enjoy it as much as I did the original game. <3

  13. Peach 28/09/2010 12:09:13

    I’m with VixyNyan on this. Your style rocks, and you do Shantae music great justice. Be sure to read my message attached to the payment. ^.~

  14. Bolo 28/09/2010 12:09:04

    This may sound dumb, but is there any way for me to transfer these files to itunes?

  15. Bolo 28/09/2010 12:09:01


  16. Mirby 28/09/2010 02:09:46

    Vixy AND Peach commented?

    I can’t get away from you two girls~ :P

    Also, I demand sprite sheet of you from the video, virt. Please?

  17. Mirby 28/09/2010 07:09:09

    lol bots.

    *uses Deriito Basutaa on the bots*

  18. Jiff 28/09/2010 08:09:29

    Its amazing when the Dev’s can do offers like these.

    It doesn’t even become a question of whether one can purchase it, just when.

  19. Mirby 28/09/2010 08:09:44

    Yeah, I may have downloaded this for free.

    But once I can afford it, I’m buying it.

    Because this allows us to pay in retrospect!

  20. Bruce 29/09/2010 06:09:56

    Groovy tunes! Thanks for offering a soundtrack! Too often games soundtracks aren’t released. I made my donation and am jamming to the tunes. One question, why didn’t the download include album artwork? That would have been super sweet.

    Thanks again! Can’t wait to play the game!

  21. Chris Privitere 29/09/2010 08:09:13

    This is great, paid $10 and it’s worth it easy.

    I would kill for a way to loop these songs. Can you post these in some sort of tracker format we can loop or in mp3s that are loopable instead of faded out? I would pay again for that. :)

  22. Jakub 30/09/2010 01:09:33

    Odd, my comment dissapeared. But yeah, paid for it, totally. Still own the GBC game so looking forward to the new game :)

  23. Mirby 30/09/2010 01:09:15

    Okay, I realize those aren’t bots now.

    I also just beat the original Shantae (100% too). And now I wish I had a DSi so I could get Risky’s Revenge!

  24. qhodave 01/10/2010 11:10:25

    I just beat ChaosRings (a FF like game from squareenix), but instead of listening to the original music my iphone played this Shantae Soundtrack, which fit so very well. i think i can listen to this for any game :p this is GREAT MUSIC

  25. nothingxs 04/10/2010 09:10:03

    I’m broke right now, so it’s free. I will come back and drop $15 — at least. This is really good.

  26. Mike 08/10/2010 06:10:56

    I’ll definitely come back and drop $7 to $15 on this if the game makes it to Britain.

    At the moment though I’m worried about supporting a game that I’ll never be allowed to play!

  27. mykhaeli 10/10/2010 10:10:13

    A WONDERFUL opportunity to be exposed to virt’s sensational music!

    -But do I have to pay $33 for Quick Time Pro just to download it, as my computer says I have to for the original Shantae soundtrack?

    –I’m new to downloading mp3′s, so how can I do it without things getting expensive?
    (on a Windows PC)

    Appreciate it.

  28. nitouhei 21/10/2010 09:10:58

    Great job, virt!
    I think it should spread in Japan too.

  29. neminem 30/11/2010 06:11:16

    Heh. I was totally going to send you some loose change for this when it came out, then I sucked and forgot. The new tune posted reminded me, so I went and sent you a bit just now; hope you can still put it to use. (It *was* an excellent soundtrack.)

  30. psycosulu 06/01/2011 04:01:17

    I’ve loved your music since hearing it on Dwelling of Duels so long ago. Hears hoping that you continue to release great music long into the future.

  31. RupeeClock 12/02/2011 12:02:00

    Risky’s revenge finally arrived in the UK yesterday, and I’ve already completed it twice!

    It’s a great game and I just love the music, it really accentuates what a video game is all about.

    I’m really impressed this quality of audio came from a downloadable title on such a small system too.

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  34. Daniel 25/09/2011 06:09:59

    Dude, you’re awesome!! I think this is such a great system, to “try before you buy”, but with the full thing and not just the intros.
    this way peeps know EXACTLY what they are getting, so can’t get ripped off, and (hopefully) neither do you!
    (although, saying that, i am unable to pay at this time, so have no right to comment really, but dude-consider the word spread! payment inbound when funds available!)

  35. Cyborg Jeff 04/11/2011 11:11:28

    Hey Virt ! Hope you’ll fine since so many times ;)’

    There a long time my brother Pype and I would like to discover the game Shantae we’ve heard about it from here and other place… Anyway we just have the DS… Yesterday my Bros bought an old DSi and we’ve plan to download it… but it was not so easy to prepare that, so he should finish this later… But. At that right moment i take my iPad and Pouf, just found an iPad version of Shantae… lol what a coincidence… So we play it during this afternoon both… And what an excellent musical arrangement you’ve made there once again… That how should sounds all games :)

    Well Done !!!

    After that we speak together and my brother remember me that this Shantae game was the sequel of a first game release on Gameboy Color… As i’ve JUST bought a new GameBoy Color, wouhou, as that new Shantae was so fun, it was realy kwel to bought the GBC Color version ;) … It seems i could not easely find that… But maybe did you have a good plan for this idea ??

    All the best for you… and you productions… you are still the perfect model !

    Cyborg Jeff, musician

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  40. Ethan Goh 06/03/2013 03:03:43

    Too bad my DSI broke, i cant play the game after i bought it… :(
    but having the soundtrack wouldnt be too bad as a replacement!

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