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Shovel Knight  



Reviewed: 9.5/10: Superb
( Wii-U version reviewed )





1:11 PM on 12.06.2014

Shovel Knight is coming to the PS3, PS4, Vita, Kratos boss teased

Coming off of Yacht Club Games' 300k sales of Shovel Knight on the Wii U, 3DS, and PC, they have just announced that the game is coming to PlayStation platforms. It'll arrive on the PS3, PS4, and Vita sometime in the near fu...

Chris Carter




11:30 AM on 12.05.2014

Shovel Knight breaks 300k in sales

When you're doing all of your community Game of the Year votes I hope you don't forget Shovel Knight. It's what I'd consider a modern classic, and an example of how retro games still aren't out of style, and can be done right...

Chris Carter




5:15 PM on 11.05.2014

Shovel Knight now available on Wii U, 3DS in Europe

Shovel Knight is out now on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Europe and Australia, Yacht Club Games captain Sean Velasco announced during Nintendo of Europe's direct presentation. As a special thanks for waiting on the localization,...

Kyle MacGregor




11:00 AM on 10.28.2014

The EU/AU regions are getting a Shovel Knight 3DS theme

Shovel Knight came, saw, and conquered in a few territories. I've even see a few people say that it's their game of the year, which is awesome. But some regions haven't gotten the game yet, and as a result, Yacht Club Games i...

Chris Carter




11:00 PM on 10.14.2014

Shovel Knight heads to Europe and Australia in November

Shovel Knight is finally coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Europe and Australia next month, Yacht Club Games announced today. In the meantime, backers should waltz on over to the Humble Store and redeem their "Nin...

Kyle MacGregor




11:30 PM on 09.12.2014

Shovel Knight now available for Mac

Shovel Knight is now available on Mac, Yacht Club Games announced today. The studio also supplied updates on the Linux version and European release, both of which are apparently moving forward, though no real timetables were specified. Also, physical rewards from the title's Kickstarter campaign will likely be sent out very soon.

Kyle MacGregor




1:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Shovel Knight team muses on Kickstarter, platform sales post-launch

Shovel Knight finally arrived in June, and it was everything a platformer fan could hope for. Game Informer had a chance to chat with developer Yacht Club Games' Sean Velasco and Nick Wozniak on the process, giving us so...

Chris Carter




2:45 PM on 07.07.2014

A video cassette guide to Shovel Knight

This isn't the first cheesy "How to Win" video My Life in Gaming has put out, but it's perhaps the most fitting given the subject matter and its influences. Ready to become a Shovel Knight master? If you've ever sought guidance from a VHS tape for tips and tricks, you'll love this. It covers the whole game!

Jordan Devore




3:15 PM on 07.03.2014

Here's how to unlock Shovel Knight's Butt Mode

In almost every conceivable way, Shovel Knight is a throwback to how videogames used to be a few decades ago. Everything positively oozes that retro style, save for blowing into a cartridge before firing it up. Even the ...

Brett Makedonski




6:30 PM on 06.27.2014

You could be listening to the Shovel Knight soundtrack right now

I'd rather be playing Shovel Knight right now but there's work to be done and the guilt that would ensue would be too much for me to handle. Thankfully, Jake Kaufman's original soundtrack for the game is up on Bandcamp and it...

Jordan Devore




12:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Very Quick Tips: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is an amalgamation of a lot of old school 2D platformers, most notably Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Mega Man. As such, it involves a decent amount of tricky jumps, boss fights, and some adventure elements that are a bit more cryptic than the average game. Here are some basic tips to help you on your way to New Game+.

Chris Carter




8:05 AM on 06.26.2014

Here are the differences between the three Shovel Knight platforms

Although our review is for the Wii U version of Shovel Knight, I had a chance to test out all three versions -- and since all three platforms are utterly different in nature, it can be pretty tough to decide between them. Her...

Chris Carter




8:00 AM on 06.26.2014

Review: Shovel Knight

[Disclosure: I backed the Shovel Knight Kickstarter. A review copy was used for this verdict.] Good things come to those who wait. And boy, have we been waiting for Shovel Knight. Even though they only just completed their Ki...

Chris Carter




10:44 PM on 06.25.2014

Shovel Knight is available now for backers

As a backer of Shovel Knight, I randomly got an email that other backers are probably going to enjoy -- you can redeem your code for Shovel Knight now, ahead of the game's launch tomorrow morning. Just follow the Humble ...

Chris Carter




2:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Shovel Knight exhumes a launch trailer

It's been a long and winding road, but Shovel Knight is finally just a couple days away from release. The retro-inspired action platformer is slated to turn up on Wii U, PC, and 3DS in North America starting June 2...

Kyle MacGregor




6:45 PM on 06.19.2014

PSA: Here's the status on all of the Shovel Knight Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals

When Shovel Knight drops next week, everything from the Kickstarter won't be ready just yet. I had a chance to chat with Yacht Club Games and I got the lowdown on everything -- from digital stretch goal inclusions to phy...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 06.19.2014

Shovel Knight will be handling checkpoints a little differently

Shovel Knight is almost here -- just one more week until you can get your hands on it. But before then, Yacht Club Games has decided to share their thought process on how they're handling checkpoints, starting with the abando...

Chris Carter




8:35 PM on 06.05.2014

Shovel Knight unearths June 26 release on Wii U, 3DS, PC

Shovel Knight is just three short weeks away, Yacht Club Games announced today. Yay! The action platformer is slated to arrive on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop in North America on June 26 and worldwide that very same day for S...

Kyle MacGregor




5:15 PM on 04.14.2014

Shovel Knight gets 3DS and Wii U specific features

Wondering which version of Shovel Knight to get? Well, maybe some additional features might help. Thanks to the 3DS' two screens, when you play Shovel Knight you don't have to stop shoveling fools to change your items or vie...

Steven Hansen




11:30 AM on 04.03.2014

Shovel Knight is basically 'done', release imminent

The last we heard of Shovel Knight, it was delayed into April for some last minute tweaks. But now Yacht Club Games has released a new Kickstarter update, noting that it was "essentially complete," and the major reason f...

Chris Carter




5:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Shovel Knight not arriving in March, delayed for a 'few weeks'

Shovel Knight was set for a March 31st release date for 3DS, PC, and Wii U, but the key word here is "was" -- developer Yacht Club Games has announced a delay on their Kickstarter page. According to the update, Shov...

Chris Carter




5:45 PM on 01.22.2014

Shovel Knight unearths new trailer, coming in late March

The team at Yacht Club Games, bless 'em, are planning to make this March a little more magical with the release of Shovel Knight. Today, the developer announced the groundbreaking new title is nearing the final stretch of de...

Kyle MacGregor




7:00 AM on 11.30.2013

Shovel Knight confirmed for release in early 2014

Shovel Knight will launch early next year, Sean Velasco of Yacht Club Games confirmed to Destructoid. The development team is presently working around the clock as the project approaches its alpha phase. Velasco says the game...

Kyle MacGregor




3:00 PM on 10.05.2013

Shovel Knight trailer showcases new enemies, environments

Shovel Knight has a shiny new trailer and just in time for IndieCade. Yacht Club Games is on hand at the international games festival in Los Angeles this weekend, showcasing the Blue Bomber astride a myriad of other indie games at the Nintendo booth. The groundbreaking new title is aiming to release this winter for Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and PC.

Kyle MacGregor




9:00 AM on 09.05.2013

Digging into retro platformer Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight! It's pretty damn great. It's shaping up to be the ultimate retro feel-y game and both Jonathan Holmes and Spencer Hayes are really digging what they saw of the game this past PAX. Yeah, that joke hasn't totally been beaten into the ground ... with a shovel.

Hamza CTZ Aziz




4:00 AM on 07.10.2013

Shovel Knight update reveals female Shield Knight

Through updates on Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight Kickstarter page, we've gotten familiar with the lineup of the very Mega Man-ish Order of No Quarter. That doesn't mean there aren't still surprises left in store! Yesterday ...

Tony Ponce




1:45 PM on 06.04.2013

Shovel Knight nemesis the Black Knight unveiled

The beautiful people at Yacht Club Games have unveiled the latest and perhaps greatest character to grace their upcoming platformer, Shovel Knight. Some introductions are in order. Dtoid Community, meet our valiant hero'...

Kyle MacGregor




2:00 PM on 05.11.2013

Shovel Knight devs on success, Mega Man, and more

Last Sunday of Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were joined by Sean, Woz, and Erin of Yacht Club Games. We got the full scoop how their debut game Shovel Knight has managed to gather so much attention (and money), why...

Jonathan Holmes




11:00 AM on 05.10.2013

The final Shovel Knight boss has been revealed

Yacht Club Games is chugging along with development of Shovel Knight after their successful Kickstarter, and now, they have an office. While a major congratulations is in order, I think everyone will be even more excited due ...

Chris Carter




2:45 PM on 05.05.2013

Sup Holmes digs deep with Shovel Knight's Sean V.

[Music from the TtWaV album by Mike P.] [Update: And animator Woz as coming to! The last time Sup Holmes saw Sean Velasco, he was at Wayforward, the studio where he'd worked to create Contra 4, Double Dragon: Neon, and ...

Jonathan Holmes




9:30 AM on 04.13.2013

Shovel Knight home stretch live stream, fan art, and fun

The Shovel Knight Kickstarter has been a roaring success, raising almost four times its original goal. This game no longer needs your support to become a reality, but you may want to back it anyway. With under 13 hours t...

Jonathan Holmes




2:30 PM on 04.10.2013

Shovel Knight features fun in spades

Yesterday on Mash Tactics, Rick "King Foom" Olson sat down with the development team at Yacht Club Games to show off their totally awesome new project, Shovel Knight. With just three days remaining in its Kickstarter funding...

Conrad Zimmerman




7:00 PM on 04.07.2013

Shovel Knight confirmed for Mac, Linux

Good news, everyone! Shovel Knight has leveled up once again and will now be coming to Mac and Linux in addition to PC, 3DS, and Wii U. No word on when that'll happen but Yacht Club Games is shooting for a 2013 release. The t...

Kyle MacGregor




6:15 PM on 04.04.2013

Mega Man 1 & 10 composer joins the Shovel Knight team

We've been posting about Shovel Knight a lot. It's not our fault. It's Yacht Club Games's fault. They just keep announcing new things that make us feel great, so we have to write about them. Those are the rules.  The lat...

Jonathan Holmes




7:00 AM on 04.04.2013

Shovel Knight levels up again with achievements

Shovel Knight continues to plow through its stretch goals, as achievements have just been unlocked! Yacht Club Games clarifies that even the 3DS and Wii U will have their own in-game achievement system, while the Steam releas...

Chris Carter




7:30 AM on 04.02.2013

Shovel Knight's Kickstarter is doing very well

Not only is the Shovel Knight Kickstarter fully funded, but it's also attacking its stretch goals at the moment. Now you can get more copies of the game (Wii U, PC, 3DS) per $15 pledge without having to create multiple accoun...

Chris Carter




1:00 AM on 03.30.2013

Shovel Knight hits Kickstarter goal with 2 weeks to spare

[Update: The project is fully funded. Everything else from here on in is just gravy.] Shovel Knight is rapidly approaching its $75,000 project goal on Kickstarter. Given the likelihood of achieving that sum over the cour...

Kyle MacGregor




4:00 PM on 03.24.2013

PAX: Shovel Knight is AMAZING

In just a few short days Shovel Knight has gone from a blip on my radar to one of my most anticipated titles of the year. Designed by a small but talented team of former WayForward developers, this is an upcoming indie title ...

Kyle MacGregor




7:00 AM on 03.19.2013

Ex-WayForward dev's Shovel Knight promised for Wii U, 3DS

Only a few days ago, Shovel Knight was announced as the first title from Yacht Club Games, which consists of several former WayForward staffers. The retro platformer challenges conventions by equipping the stalwart hero with ...

Tony Ponce




2:00 AM on 03.15.2013

Former WayForward devs announce Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a new action platformer from Yacht Club Games. Headed up by former WayForward director Sean Velasco (Contra 4, A Boy and his Blob, Double Dragon Neon), the game uses an "8-bit +" art style that sticks to the...

Jonathan Holmes








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