When Yacht Club Games lifted the lid on the Shovel Knight amiibo, it certainly came as a pleasant surprise. Third party amiibo were an inevitability, but few individuals likely expected the first one to be Shovel Knight, of all characters. The release date of the figure has been up in the air for quite a while now, but all has finally been revealed.

The Shovel Knight amiibo will be releasing in Europe on 11th December and in North America on 8th January. Naturally, one would be upset at the brief delay in North America, but the developer explains this as being an intentional decision in order to make sure that there is plenty of stock available. Hopefully, this will negate the supply problems most other amiibo suffer from.

In terms of what the amiibo will actually do, it'll have application both for single player and multiplayer. In single player, it'll add a 'Custom Knight' that you can level up to 50, new relics and abilities, and five challenge stages. The amiibo will also unlock a co-op mode in the Wii U version, with all stages being playable, and add five co-op challenge stages. Check out the preview below:

What do you think? Will you be picking up the Shovel Knight amiibo? What do you think of all the new content? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[via yachtclubgames.com]