Shakedown: Hawaii gets a Wii U ESRB rating

It's a Wii U shakedown!

In recent weeks, it seems like a number of developers are out to make a name for themselves as the creator who released the last game for Wii U. We thought it was going to be the person behind Regina & Mac, but now it looks like Vblank is going to earn that record. A Wii U ESRB rating for Shakedown: Hawaii has just popped up, which means the game should be hitting Wii U in the near future!

Shakedown: Hawaii Switch Physical Edition Available Sept 25th, 2019, Official Soundtrack Now Available

Time for a shakedown

The Nintendo Switch physical edition of Shakedown: Hawaii is finally wrapped!

It will be available as both a Collector's Edition and Standard Edition, directly from vblank.com. They're all manufactured, on hand, and ready to ship!

The Collector's Edition is limited to 4,000 copies and comes in a special collector's box. It includes an exclusive mini figure of The CEO character with a removable stand, a color manual, and of course... a cartridge! It's region free and supports all Nintendo Switch systems, worldwide.

They go on sale Wednesday, September 25th at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UK time.

The Standard Edition is $29.99 USD. The Collector's Edition is $44.99 USD.

The official soundtrack of Shakedown: Hawaii is also now available. It packs 48 tracks for only $7!

Shakedown: Hawaii launches on 3DS Sept 19th in NA/Sept. 26th in EU, physical Switch release on the way

Time for a shakedown

Shakedown Hawaii's 3DS release is almost upon us! VBlank has confirmed launch news today, and also announced a Switch physical release! Check out the full blurb below.

SHAKEDOWN: HAWAII arrives on the Nintendo 3DS eShop Thursday, September 19th in North America (September 26th in Europe). The Nintendo 3DS version includes every update, and supports all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS systems. It'll be launching at $14.99 / €14,99 / £13.49. A Nintendo Switch physical version is also on the way, so stay tuned!

Shakedown: Hawaii's "Full Tank" Update Out Now, 3DS Release Still Coming

Gas up, baby!

Shakedown: Hawaii just got another big update. This patch is called the 'Full Tank' update, and it's chock full of content. Check out the complete rundown of what's in this update below, as well as a status update on the 3DS version of the game.

The second big Shakedown: Hawaii update is OUT NOW on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS Vita.


Adds new vehicles including tanks
Adds more enforcement types including agents
Adds a zoomed-out camera option
Adds new shakedown mission scenarios
Adds heat system to shakedowns
Adds off-island travel from the airport
Adds vehicle purchasing
Adds transferring funds to other characters
Game console in living room is now playable
Improves property selection on map screen
Misc. bug fixes

Shakedown: Hawaii for Nintendo 3DS is also wrapped and currently in certification. A release date will be finalized once it's approved. It will include all of these updates!


Tanks are finally in the world of Shakedown: Hawaii... and bulletproof military SUVs!

The tanks crush anything in their path, and come loaded with built-in rockets and unlimited ammo! Want to equip them with something else? No problem! They can also fire your character's other weapons... from the pistol to the hair dryer, to the flamethrower!

You can rotate the turret with the Right Stick / C Stick, and fire by pressing either the shoot button, or by clicking the stick (R3). PC keyboard players can choose to use either the Arrow Keys or WASD under the options menu.

To get your hands on a tank or bulletproof SUV, take your shenanigans to a level 6 and survive long enough to hop into one, then park it inside a garage to save it for later. Alternatively, after purchasing the prison, a tank will appear parked out back on the left side of the building.


The "cops and robbers" sandbox experience has also been beefed up. Once you reach level 5, agents will now spawn, wielding a wide arsenal of artillery. If you can survive them, once you reach level 6 you'll need to face off against the military in their bulletproof SUVs and tanks!


By popular request, a third camera option has been added which allows you to zoom the camera waaaaaay out and see much more of the screen, showcasing the pixel art on a whole new level.


A couple more shakedown scenarios have been added to increase the variety of these optional micro-missions, including a hair dryer chase!

Additionally, to improve the experience and pacing, a new shakedown heat system has been added. If you shakedown too many businesses over a short period of time, the authorities will be on high alert. In order to continue shaking down more shops, you'll need to change your disguise, go back to completing story missions, or wait until the heat has cooled.


After purchasing the airport, you'll now be able to travel back to off-island locations such as the farms and jungle areas. Some of these locations hold secrets areas and items, so keep an eye out.


Vehicles can now be purchased from the car dealership located in the middle of the map (under your VR startup).

TIP! Easily earn cash to purchase vehicles by selling unwanted ones to the auto export located on the far left of the map.


It's time you give Scooter and Al a raise! From the Salary Management menu, you can now transfer pocket cash to other characters as well as your company. If you accidentally paid yourself too much and need to acquire some more businesses, just transfer it back using this handy menu.


Well, you've requested it! So, yes, if you do want to play more... erm... Space Bullet Marine... the "game console" is now playable in your living room!


The map screen now displays alert icons on properties in need of expenditure approvals, and features and improved snap on hover when selecting properties for purchase.

Shakedown Hawaii getting an update in July 2019, will include tanks

Tanks for the memories

Shakedown Hawaii has a content update coming in July. That update will include numerous features, once of which will be tanks! That should make an already crazy gameplay setup that much more hectic! We'll keep tabs on what else the update will include, and we'll make sure to share the details with you.

EDGE - Issue #334 review scores

Just two review scores from this month's EDGE that apply to Nintendo platforms, but at least by EDGE standards, the review scores aren't so bad!

- Team Sonic Racing - 6
- Shakedown Hawaii - 7

Shakedown Hawaii's "Mogul Update" now available, interest in Switch physical release being gauged

Whole lotta shakin' going on

A couple tidbits of news on Shakedown Hawaii for Switch. First up, the big 'Mogul' update that has been teased in recent days is now available. Here's a quick recap on what it includes.

- More Shakedown Scenarios
-Car Repossession
- Weapon Pawning
- Shop Icons added to the map
- Expands some building interiors
- Character upgrades can now be unequipped
- Faster property and multipliers purchasing
- Salary can now be increased quicker
- Police chases improved
- Horns/sirens added to vehicles
- Misc. bug fixes

Along with that, Vblank has also put out a survey about the game. Tucked away in the questions is one about a potential retail release. If you'd like to see a physical version published, make sure to take the survey and share your thoughts!

A couple more details on Shakedown Hawaii's upcoming patch detailed

Shaking out more info

Shakedown Hawaii's first patch should be launching sometime in the near future. While we wait for that to happen, developer VBlank continues to share content that will be part of the update. Check out two new tidbits on the patch below.

- ability to travel back to off-island locations
- ability to purchase cars from the car dealership

Shakedown: Hawaii Update #1 is in certification for Switch, releasing soon

'The Mogul' update


More Shakedown Scenarios
Car Repossession
Weapon Pawning
Shop Icons added to the map
Expands some building interiors
Character upgrades can now be unequipped
Faster property and multipliers purchasing
Salary can now be increased quicker
Police chases improved
Horns/sirens added to vehicles
Misc. bug fixes

The PS Vita and Nintendo Switch updates have also been submitted to certification, but those take a little bit longer. Keep an eye on Twitter or subscribe to email alerts for notifications.

Now that this first update's wrapped, I'll get back to finishing the Nintendo 3DS version!


The game is designed to be a smooth ride. By the time you complete the main story missions, you'll have the resources to easily acquire the entire island. However, if you attempt to take over the island too early, it will be more of an uphill battle.

You can earn extra cash and territory by completing shakedowns, but the big payouts occur on main story missions. This wasn't conveyed clearly enough initially, and some players focused entirely on the shakedowns, ignoring the main missions, and thus, struggled to earn the capital they needed for island domination. This update adds more dialogue and guidance to better steer players towards the end goal.

More variety has also been added to the shakedowns with additional protection scenarios.


By popular request! It appears that many of you want to max out the entire island, so your wish is my command.

Note: The game is designed such that multipliers don't need to be added to every business. With a few strategic placements, you can achieve 100% without any tedium. However, those of you who want to load everything up can now do so in a streamlined way.

Purchase confirmations can now be turned off, enabling one-click property and multiplier purchasing. A new "Buy All Multipliers" button has been added, and your salary can also be increased much quicker.


Garages have been added to Subprime Auto locations. Subprime-leased vehicles can now be jacked from the roads and returned to Subprime Auto locations under your ownership. Each repossessed vehicle delivered will increase your daily revenue.


Weapons can now be sold to pawn shops to earn extra cash and free up your inventory.


Character upgrades (double jump, speed boost, etc.) can now be unequipped at any time by visiting the veterinary clinic.


By popular demand, shop location icons have been added to the map! They can be turned on/off via the Map Icons menu, and For Sale and Shakedown locations can also now be turned off to declutter things.


It's now easier to keep your threat level and duke it out to the maximum heat. It's also now easier to obtain the "Get Inconspicuous" trophy.


Car horns and sirens have been added to vehicles. Select them via the weapon menu (they're the first slot) and activate them with the shoot button.


If you've reported a bug, it's probably fixed :) All of your emails, tweets and messages have been received and most reported bugs are covered by this update. If you encounter any more, please keep the messages coming!

Two more features revealed for Shakedown Hawaii's upcoming update

Shake it off

VBlank keeps revealing new details for the upcoming Shakedown Hawaii update. Here's a couple more features that will be included.

- another shakedown scenario
- disable purchase confirmation so you can acquire and upgrade businesses with a single click


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