Recent Articles: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight digs into a slight delay and will miss March 31 release date


There’s no joy in Shovelville, for Yacht Club Games has delayed Shovel Knight. Originally scheduled to be released on March 31, the developer has confirmed (via Kickstarter) that a slight delay has befallen the game. Don’t worry, it’s just a few weeks:

So, we hemmed and hawed, and made a Super Important Executive Decision. This update is to let everyone know that Shovel Knight will be missing March 31 by a few weeks to make sure it’s a world class experience, and can release on all platforms simultaneously. This isn’t a major delay, or a long one; it’s simply a stretch of time to get everything polished and aligned. While major development is quickly drawing to a close, there are still some external factors, like submission preparation, which need a little bit more breathing room before the game goes live.

In order to ensure a simultaneous release on the 3DS, Wii U, and PC, Yacht Club has decided to hold off on a new release date announcement until once they get a certification go-ahead from both Nintendo and Valve.

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Nintendo is bringing a slew of indie games to the 3DS/Wii U eShop

shovelknightThere are tons of amazing indie games coming to Nintendo’s 3DS and the Wii U through the eShop – and some are even coming out for both. Retro City Rampage: DX is coming to the 3DS tomorrow, with Siesta Fiesta and Moon Chronicles following in March, and Treasurenauts in May. Those titles join Jett Rocket 2 and Edge, which are already available, and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, which is due out this quarter.

And the Wii U has an even longer list. Unepic, Knytt Underground, and CastleStorm are available now, with Wooden Sen’SeY coming out this month. And, of course, we can’t forget Shovel Knight, which is coming to both systems on March 31.

Hit the jump for a full list of all the available upcoming indie games on the 3DS and Wii U eShop. (more…)

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Shovel Knight digs into 3DS, PC, Wii U on March 31

The time has finally come! Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight will be released for the PC, Wii U, and 3DS on March 31.

The retro-styled game was a huge hit at last year’s PAX East show and wears its inspiration, including the side-scrolling challenge of the Mega Man series and the pogo stick mechanic found in DuckTales, on its armor-clad sleeve. The developers at Yacht Club, who broke away from WayForward several years ago, funded Shovel Knight through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that ultimately netted more than three times its $75,000 target. The game is now in a fully playable state within the walls of Yacht Club and should be ready for release after a round of playtesting, polish, and bug fixing.

You can see just how far they’ve come by viewing the brand new gameplay trailer, which has been embedded above.

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Shovel Knight will break ground in 2014


I am very thankful for Shovel Knight, the upcoming NES-styled platformer from Yacht Club Games. You might even say (bad pun incoming) that I dug the time I got to spend with the game at this year’s PAX East expo. But sadly, it looks like the game’s release (on the PC, Wii U, and 3DS) has been pushed into 2014.

Yacht Club’s Sean Velasco has informed us that Shovel Knight will definitely be released in 2014. While he couldn’t pinpoint an exact release date, the development team is hoping to release their first game in the Winter months.

Winter… snow… Shovel Knight. It all makes perfect sense to me.

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New Shovel Knight trailer heralds Winter 2013 release

Yacht Club Games has released a new trailer for Shovel Knight, their upcoming side-scrolling action title that features a level select style similar to Mega Man. The trailer is very similar to the game’s reveal trailer, which was released a few months ago, but I’m happy whenever we get new Shovel Knight information.

The developer has also confirmed that the game’s official release date is “Winter 2013″ and a pre-order page for the PC/Steam version is now available at their official website. The game will also be released for the 3DS and Wii U but, obviously, you can’t pre-order it yet.

And if you’re at this year’s IndieCade, which concludes today, be on the lookout for Shovel Knight at the Nintendo booth.

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Shovel Knight quadruples Kickstarter goal


Shovel Knight has reached the end of its Kickstarter odyssey and the retro platformer from Yacht Club Games has surpassed the developer’s wildest expectations.

Yacht Club Games, which is made up of several former members of WayForward Technologies, was asking for $75,000 to complete development on the PC, 3DS, and Wii U game. 14,749 backers responded with four times that amount and pledged a total of $311,502. The developer has set up a PayPal account for fans who missed out on the Kickstarter drive and still wish to donate and/or pre-order the game.

This outpouring of support has ensured that every stretch goal Yacht Club set for Shovel Knight will make its way into the final game including:

  • Music Player
  • Achievements
  • New Game+
  • 3 Playable Boss Knights
  • Linux/Mac Versions
  • Gender Swap Mode
  • Challenge Mode
  • 4 Player Battle Mode With All Boss Knights
  • Real, Physical Box

Congratulations to the team at Yacht Club Games. Shovel Knight is currently expected to be released in September.

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Shovel Knight Hands-On Preview: I’m Diggin’ It


Being in the vicinity of Shovel Knight, the first project from Yacht Club Games, seems to make horrible puns just emerge from the ether. During my PAX East playtime, a nearby developer assured me that while the current build was only ten percent complete, the team was beginning to “dig in” towards the game’s full potential. The developer actually hadn’t realized the double meaning of his words until someone else pointed them out to him. He apologized for the terrible wordplay and admitted that it had been happening all morning.

But a game like Shovel Knight requires this kind of pun-tastic sense of humor. (more…)

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Shovel Knight Interview: Sailing the PAX East Seas With Sean Velasco


Sean Velasco knows retro games. As the former Director of WayForward Technologies, he was the driving force behind Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob, and Double Dragon: Neon. And as the “Captain” of Yacht Club Games, Velasco is sailing off into the uncharted waters of an original property, Shovel Knight.

You can read all about Shovel Knight in our PAX East playthrough, which will be posted later today (UPDATE: Here it is!). But for now, let Captain Velasco guide you through his love of classic games, his thoughts on Kickstarter, Shovel Knight’s future, and the possibility of a PSN/XBLA version of the game. (more…)

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