Video: Yacht Club Games' Sean Velasco Digs Up the NES Roots of Shovel Knight

"It's a pumped up 8-bit aesthetic"

Shovel Knight has had a longer-than-expected route to our Nintendo systems, but it's creeping ever closer to both the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores. It grabbed attention in its crowdfunding days due to the fact it was a product of Yacht Club Games — a group of former WayForward developers making their début as a new team — while catching the eye with its presentation. For retro gamers and fans of the "bit" days, it had the look of a loving homage.

Footage so far, as well as the opinions of those that have previewed the title at expos and events, certainly give legs to those positive initial impressions. The video below from Nintendo UK continues that, with the studio's Sean Velasco giving a run-down of the game with some attractive footage also on show. We suspect his references to simpler times, focusing on a core concept and pumping up NES-style visuals will push plenty of buttons.

Check it out below and let us know what you think.

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