Shovel Knight News

News: Shovel Knight Digs His Way Into Bloodstained As Kickstarter Campaign Strides Towards The $4.5 Million Mark

Shovel Knight Digs His Way Into Bloodstained As Kickstarter Campaign Strides Towards The $4.5 Million Mark

Third playable character and prequel mini-game also confirmed

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is already Kickstarter's most successful video game campaign ever, and with just over a day remaining on the clock the momentum shows no signs of dropping - in fact, the total is getting dangerously close to the $4.5 million mark. New stretch goals...

News: The Legend of Zelda’s Tingle Would Be An Amazing Boss In Shovel Knight According To Yacht Club Games Programmer

The Legend of Zelda’s Tingle Would Be An Amazing Boss In Shovel Knight According To Yacht Club Games Programmer

Would also love to see Shovel Knight added to the Super Smash Bros. roster

Yacht Club Games’ side-scrolling platform title, Shovel Knight, was a huge success on launch, receiving critical praise and scooping up several game awards soon after. Since its initial release on the Wii U, 3DS and PC in June last year, the independent developer has been...

News: Challenge Mode to Accompany Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows Update

Challenge Mode to Accompany Shovel Knight's Plague of Shadows Update

Japanese localization also on the way!

As exceedingly rad as Shovel Knight is, the radness velocity only climbs upon the realization that Yacht Club Games is still digging up free add-ons, updates and treats that will keep the game fresh for quite some time. We previously learned that the Plague of Shadows expansion is on its way, but Yacht Club has...

Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Game's "success is due to the brilliant designs of the 8-bit generation"

In this short interview Nintendo Life features contributor Alan Lopez caught up with David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, who spoke on behalf of the entire Shovel Knight creative team. Shovel Knight is a download-only 8-bit platformer. Alone, these qualifiers hardly separate...

News: Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Yacht Club Games "keeping an eye out" for Nintendo possibilities

Remember when Shovel Knight was a Nintendo console exclusive? Nice, wasn't it? Those days are long past now, with developer Yacht Club Games confirming that the faux-retro platformer is headed to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To rub a bit more salt into the wound, it was confirmed...

News: Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Plague Knight seizes the spotlight

It's doubtless that many of you have probably already played Shovel Knight, the old-school indie smash hit. Inspired by series such as Mega Man, Castlevania, and The Legend of Zelda, this was a classic styled game done right. Featuring vibrant pixel art, a stellar soundtrack, loot, collectibles, and that good old...

Video: Nintendo Life's CapnDrake Blasts Through Shovel Knight in Awesome Speedrun

Nintendo Life's CapnDrake Blasts Through Shovel Knight in Awesome Speedrun

Yacht Club Games provides commentary

Shovel Knight was one of the major successes of 2014, scooping multiple Game of the Year awards (including our own) and achieving impressive sales on Wii U, 3DS and PC; it's also headed to PSN later this year. With the title having made such as impact with its retro-styled gameplay, it's naturally become part of...

Video: Shovel Knight Is Digging Up The Tarmac In Road Redemption

Shovel Knight Is Digging Up The Tarmac In Road Redemption

"We're still working hard on porting to Mac, Linux, Wii U and others"

Bike combat game Road Redemption is getting an unexpected but totally welcome scoop of Shovel Knight action. Developer DarkSeas Games has just released an update to the PC version that allows you to step into the iconic blue armour of the garden tool-welding hero and hop onto a...

News: Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

That's across all formats

Yacht Club Games has revealed that Shovel Knight has sold 300,000 copies since launch. The Kickstarter-funded faux-retro platformer is available on PC, Wii U and 3DS. Back in August, Yacht Club Games revealed sales figures for the game, with 180,000 units sold at that point. Its crowd-funding goal was set at $75,000, but...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

News: Yacht Club Games Gives a Shovel Knight Localisation Update, With Pixel Graphics

Yacht Club Games Gives a Shovel Knight Localisation Update, With Pixel Graphics

Still only at the early stages, sadly

Shovel Knight, from Yacht Club Games, is one of the best titles to arrive on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores this year — it's a platformer with plenty of loving nods to retro ideas and aesthetics, yet moves beyond mere nostalgia with terrific design and wonderful gameplay. We put it through its paces on both...

Video: This Retro-Styled Shovel Knight 'VHS' Guide is a Thing of Beauty

This Retro-Styled Shovel Knight 'VHS' Guide is a Thing of Beauty

Entertaining and helpful

Shovel Knight isn't just a terrific game, but part of its appeal is its ability to prompt nostalgia for the 8-bit era. Its visuals are too sharp and detailed to actually be a game on the NES, yet it represents how we remember that era — with retro rose-tinted eyeballs, in other words. It's that combination of excellent...

News: Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode"

Shovel Knight Has an Unlockable "Butt Mode"

Sorry, everyone else who wanted to be Game of the Year

In classic retro gaming fashion, Shovel Knight comes with a slew of cheat codes to unlock various perks and quirks. By far the most prominent of these codes has been Butt Mode, which replaces many of the common words in the game (e.g. "Shovel," "Knight," "Magic") with "Butt." Yacht Club Games...

Review: Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

This is the kind of shovelware we can dig

Shovel Knight is the adventure of Shovel Knight, a knight with a shovel. That simple — and gloriously absurd — premise has somehow resulted in some of the strongest hype the 3DS eShop has seen yet. The good news is that the final product absolutely lives up to the lofty expectations; the even better news...

Review: Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Digging for gold

Yacht Club Games' faux-retro platformer Shovel Knight has become one of the most anticipated titles to come out of the crowdfunding craze. It's frightening to think that Shovel Knight might not have come to fruition without Yacht Club Games' highly successful Kickstarter campaign — games like this don't come around often. Yacht...