Knight Club doesn’t really have Waluigi, Carl Winslow or Kiryu, but at least it’s free

A platform fighter with all the right moves and no micro-transactions

While writing for this week’s Waluigi-themed Nintendo Force, I reached out to the developers of Semblance, Wandersong, Slime-San, Pool Panic, and Knight Club to see if they’d be willing to make some custom Waluigi fan art in their respective game engines. They all obliged, which was amazing in and of itself, but then the Knight Club team went ahead and made mock-ups for Family Matters star Carl Winslow and Yakuza‘s Kazuya Kiryu to boot

These mock-ups will probably never reflect reality, which is a bummer, but it’s hard to complain considering the actual game will be free after August 30th to anyone who signs up for their also-free online newsletter.

Knight Club was created by Nathan Ranney, a fella I talked to on a show called Sup Holmes years ago. At that time, he was working on another platform fighter called Kerfuffle. Then Kerfuffle died, and Nathan cried. For a little while there it looked like he may have hung up the phone on game development for good, but it looks like he’s taken all the lessons he learned from Kerfuffle‘s struggles and applied them to making Knight Club a much more clean, focused, and well marketed game. Of course, he won’t be making a ton of money off of it as long as it’s free, but if things go as planned, he’ll be debuting a buffed up sequel soon enough, with a tentative release date set for “don’t worry about it“.

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes