According to a press release by WayForward, they've partnered with Limited Run Games (a company with a tendency for physical releases of games) to produce genuine GBC cartridges of the original Shantae and of Xtreme Sports. These will be physical cartridges that contain the original games and will be able to function correctly on the original Game Boy Color hardware.
WayForward creative director and Shantae co-creator Matt Bozon had this to say:
Over the last decade, Shantae has built up a thriving fanbase, which is a dream come true! Unfortunately, this also means that the majority of Shantae fans missed out when it came to owning a copy of her first adventure, which had a very low production run back in 2002. These days buying a copy on the collectors market could cost upwards of a thousand dollars! Thanks to Limited Run Games, everyone will have a chance to own a copy of the original Shantae, along with Xtreme Sports, our first foray into handheld gaming, which laid the groundwork for Shantae. Both Shantae and Xtreme Sports are lost gems that you wont want to miss!
Fortunately, you don't NEED a Game Boy Color to take advantage of this opportunity. Both games will also be released on the Nintendo Switch in both physical and digital formats.
WayForward is best known for the Shantae series of platformers. Starring a hair whipping genie with the powers of transformation, the series began in 2002 with the GBC game. The series remains alive and well, having just released Shantae and the Seven Sirens earlier this year on the Nintendo Switch.
Xtreme Sports isn't as well known as Shantae, but it still plays an important part in WayForward's history. Released in 2000, the action RPG pit the player in five different sporting events (skateboarding, surfing, in-line skating, skyboarding, and street luge) in a competition to become the Xtreme Sports Champion.
Preorders will begin in September for the physical version of Shantae, and in October for Xtreme Sports. For more information, visit the WayForward website.