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Breaking the NES

In case you missed it, this is a reposting of an article we wrote for Gamasutra.  Check out the original here!

Shovel Knight is a game that embraces the look of NES classics, but has some major differences when examined closely. When setting out to develop the game’s aesthetic and play style, we at Yacht Club Games had a few goals in mind. Instead of emulating the NES exactly, we would create a rose-tinted view of an 8-bit game.


Coub Contest

Shovel Knight

Going to try something new today!  A contest!  We at Yacht Club Games had never heard of Coub, but they contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in hosting a contest on their site.  It sounded fun, so we said why not!  Here’s the brief of it – if you submit a video to our Shovel Knight Coub page, you’ll be eligible to win a Steam copy of Shovel Knight for yourself or to give to a friend or do with what you please!  Here are the details!


Shovel Knight International Status!

Hello again! We talked for a bit previously about Our Plans For Releasing Shovel Knight In Additional Regions. Let’s go into more detail about what we’re at work on and what steps await us! A lot of these steps might not be new information for many of you out there, but I hope it can help clarify where we’re at in the process. Releasing the game in these regions is our topmost priority right now. We’re sorry that this delay has even occurred!

Note that some of these details may be specific to Shovel Knight! These steps can occur in different orders or in parallel depending on a game’s development cycle and all projects can face unique challenges. Also this status is only for the release of Shovel Knight on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS since the PC version is already available worldwide. Alright, here we go!

Update: November 5th, 2014: Shovel Knight is out now, right this very moment, in Europe and Australia for the Wii U and 3DS!! Reade more here.

Update: October 14th, 2014: Believe it or not, we can finally confirm that Shovel Knight will be releasing in Europe and Australia in November for the Wii U and 3DS!! Reade more here.

Update: September 19th, 2014 : Final Testing has drawn to a close! We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door! If no unforeseen issues arise, then a solid release date will be coming into focus soon!

Update: September 4th, 2014 : Shovel Knight has received a “PG” rating from the Australian Classification board! Thank you to everyone involved there as well as the incredibly helpful staff at Nintendo Australia!

Update: July 31st, 2014 : With localization in hand, the European region is one step closer!


The Story So Far…

An active blue flame checkpoint means that step is done!


Shovel Knight Release! Soundtrack! 24 Hours Later!

Yacht Club Games

Hello everyone! So, how was your day yesterday? Ours was pretty good…we’ve been playing this new game that was just released called Shovel Knight! On a serious note, THANK YOU BACKERS for making this game happen – you all made it possible! You made our dreams come true! Look for a review roundup in an update very soon… but here’s a little taste of the pretty unanimous praise!