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Shantae Mermaid by MattBozon Shantae Mermaid by MattBozon
A few people have been asking about what Shantae looks like in her mermaid form. Based on the sprite we did for the lost GBA game, she'd be something like this sketch...kinda swampy and monster-like, not the traditional fleshy on top variety. I threw some color behind it to help explain. The hair was pinned up so that we wouldn't have to use direction sensitive hair animations.
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:iconzeldaskywardsword16:
ZeldaSkywardSword16 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Speaking of Risky's Revenge... I have the Director's Cut version on Steam.
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BlueWader Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
How about Shantae doesn't turn into a mermaid in the next game and you put an oxygen meter for underwater levels? :D 
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BrandonUltimate Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool design!
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MiaDavies Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Why is she naked?
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:iconzeldaskywardsword16:
Do you really think that if mermaids actually did exist, that they would wear clothes? And he did draw her in a all-fish design, too.
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Speedway66 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Please know everyone even though the new Shantae game's kickstarter is over they are still accepting paypal www.wayforward.com/shantae-hal… we have 5 more stretch goals to go. Help spread the word.
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riderman09 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA! can you draw her Harpy Form next?
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Sweet! I admire that you took an all-fish approach to mermaids instead of just making her a typical half-human-half-fish.
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xSamiamrg7x Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
If her hair is up like that, how would she have attacked? Would she have an attack?
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LunaClefairy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In Risky's Revenge, she can fire bubbles that explode when they hit something after she gets the Mermaid Relic.
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Lan-Hikari Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
She look so adorable!
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cayiika Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, so that's the idea behind the hairdo. Anyway, I still think it's a nice design idea no matter what. :)
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Gojiro7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
very cool :3 ive always wanted to play this game :3 I tried an emulation of it but it was glitched as all hell so im still lookin for a copy......or I could just get it on the 3DS store when I eventually get the handheld.

have you drawn a more complete version of this image since then?
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Haruhire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
She looks wild but still cute. I always have a thing for mermaids...

Maybe I'll see this transformation in the future when you guys release an official cartridge game.
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I just got this power yesterday! :w00t:
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GreenRandomStar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
I like she doesn't look like Ariel (the Disney mermaid princess). Like you said, making Shantae with a kinda swampy appearance instead of the traditional. Awesome work and a even more awesome game! X)
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trebl900 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
What about her harpy form?
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ProfessM Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You know in the DSi game was I think the first time I played as a mermaid in a game. I think it was my fav of the three forms in the game. But only after the attack power up.
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Annie13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was such a fun surprise in Risky's Revenge. I was expecting, say, a dolphin form (in keeping with the full-animal transformations). But I looooove this form and look! Really well done. Very happy this game has seen the light of day! Bring on Shantae 3DS!
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TheForgottenHealer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh o.o This one is very interesting. You picked your colors quite nicely. Your sketching remains in tack while the coloring remains smooth. What attracts me more are the hair shines you added in. Really difficult for me any my own mermaid drawing. Good work^^

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"It's Metal...for fish".
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Tailikku1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I remember this from an issue of Nintendo Power and it had me thinkin' "So Shantae is gonna use a mermaid form this time around? Or is this an NPC?"
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trainguy112 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Cute!!! :) ;) =D
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Cool! :D
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Murdoc2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Oh! Sorry, I didn't know you're the developer! ^^'>

I really hope it's ok, I'm kinda promoting the game. I'll link the video when it's up (it's already made) and if you don't approve, I'll change the video.
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Murdoc2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Do I get the permission to use this picture in a video game related video? Nothing much, it's just showing for a few seconds together with a podcast (Go Nintendo), that i sometimes upload to Youtube.
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Brokkolispinat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
great game and great art!
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Mr-DNA Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Just downloaded (and finished) Risky's Revenge. That mermaid "walking" animation looks painful!
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Desertlizard Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Are you working for the people who make this game? Because I saw this picture in a Magazin scan on the Internet.
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AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Yay! Officialness!
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jakewashere Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You sly dog. I knew I recognized that one Nintendo Power pic from somewhere...
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mike1967-now Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Wow...this picture is soo...greeeeeen...:)

I've always liked the Animal Transformations,they were just soo well made!I personally like the Harpy one the best!:)
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nintendiehard Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Wow. Great alternative style to the traditional mermaid. :+fav:
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MercenaryX Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Oh, I absolutely love this one!!!!!!
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Baka-ja-nai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
I love mermaid Shantae I had to make a fanart [link] wow, the first thing I've added in two years...
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Baka-ja-nai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
OMFG!
This is gorgeous! I remember when it was going to be my ninth or tenth birthday(I'm 18 now 0.o) and all I asked for was Shantae for the GBC and when I got it I was so damn happy and quickly put it into my GBA. I played it all day long and pretty much ignored everyone and their gifts that day lol. If you know me yo know I'm an obsessed mermaid freak(a Mermaholic lol). I buy every single game that has a mermaid in it, since I love video games and mermaids, anything from Puyo Puyo,Valkyrie Profile,Mermaid Prism to Mist of Chaos,Tactis Ogre and too many more lol. So when there was news of a new Shantae game and one of her transformations being a mermaid I was ecstatic and tried to get the latest news and screens. Finally I get to see what would've been....she's gorgeous...(how depressing). Well I'll keep my hopes up that this game will see the light of day! I cant wait until the WiiWare title is released and I'll probably continue to replay Shantae until then.

Wow...I've never rambled like thiss T-T.
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008   Digital Artist
=) creative take! I really like her hair, sets it off nicely
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funkmaster-c Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
I featured this in my latest journal :)
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MattBozon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Gosh Funkmaster! You like mermaids a lot. I did a "just for fun" mermaid game with my buddy Jones back in the olden days of internet. Its called "Mermaid Shooter", and I hear its been played millions of times all over the world. But, we never put a title screen or credits on the game, so it was never able to be credited to WayForward, though its technically our most played game. If you are a huge mermaid fan, do a google search and I'm sure it will turn up. Be warned: its not "good", just mildly entertaining.
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funkmaster-c Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
When I was a kid I didn't have a doll house, I had a mermaid house. Which basically was a doll house glued on top of a bucket so the mermaids would have a pool.

That game reminds me of the Nazi Manatee Hunter game my friend Jason and I made. Well, I drew the pictures, he put it all together. It was an awful game, but really entertaining.
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Maetch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Not even water can hold Shantae back now. Definitely one of the best-looking Mer-Genie attempts I've seen on DA.

FAVE'D!
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ConanThe3rd Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Question, I know it's slightly off topic, but here's as good as any methinks.

You know how some of the monster death animations are them expoding (non violently, of course) into a pile of bones. Is that a Secret of mana refrences perchance?
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MattBozon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Exploding into bones is more of a Castlevania nod. "Nod" is an industry term which in fact means "theft".
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ConanThe3rd Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Ah.
I dunno, plenty of other platforms have signilized being killed by being stomped to be crushed after Super Mario Bros.

But yeah, your call dood.
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toonbat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Shantae's one of my favorite videogame heroines, second only to Ayla, I think. Hope we see her again soon. :D
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tommy-tommerson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
An interesting take on a mermaid design. Fingers crossed we can see it in a game...
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Rockman-Neka Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
once again, Mr. Bozon, this is why i look up to you in such inspiration! ^^ the coloring's perfect, the overall design is just facinating! hopefully Shan-chan won't become alot like the creature from the black lagoon. ^^; but once again, well done! :D
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Sunrise-oasis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
ya know ni sign up for shantae fan club iand I did'nt receive anything....what gives???? i put my email three times as well!!!

now as for the fish...uhm....this was kinda.........uhm......
well its a nice mermaid i can say that but she slooks more......zombie ish T_T like person.... I guess thats what your aiming for back then T_T!!!! still, i hope you guys find a very nice publisher T_T!.......

(T_T means its hard to accept shantae is that O_O form)
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Rockman-Neka Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
well, Demitri, it's a quarterly fan letter, which'll probably appear in March, so yeah ^^
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Sunrise-oasis Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
fugures....
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Rockman-Neka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
yeah ^^;
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