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love letter to 8 bits!
A groundbreaking love letter to 8 bits!
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Update: Shoveling Overtime! Here’s some NEW stuff!


Hey, Shovel fans! We are working on Shovel Knight every waking moment, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds every day. We are currently in the midst of developing Polar Knight’s stage, and the final stages of the game! After that, it’s time to revise, polish, and balance. Currently we are also developing things like:

  • Battles with the dastardly Black Knight!
  • Designing the introduction to the game!
  • Streetpass and Miiverse integration!
  • 3DS stereoscopic eye-popping WOWness!
  • Meeting with our Directors for a Day to implement their ideas!

There is so much to do, but we can’t believe how far we have come! To tide you over until next time, here are a couple of choice screens… can you decipher what’s going on? Bwahaha!

Yacht Club: Playing Super Mario 3D World Sunday Stream!

You guys, you guys! Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are BOTH coming out this Friday!! We are giddy with anticipation, are you? Then how about joining us as we play Mario 3D World live for the first time together on stream! If you have seen our previous streams, you should know it’s going to be a ridiculous time. We miss you guys! Seeya this Sunday at 5PM, PDT, and c'mon, grab your friends!

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Kickstarter Alert! Dino Run 2 and Paradise Lost: First Contact

It has come to our attention that some more awesome Kickstarters are happening right now. They are both made of delicious pixels, and both have tons of promise.

Dino Run 2 is a multiplayer dinosaur game where you try to escape a doomsday asteroid before your friends can! We played a ton of the original back in the day (play the original here now, it’s free and fun!), so you know this one is going to be good. We also talked to the PixelJam team, and they are passionate and excited too! Help them outrun their extinction and back their Kickstarter!

Paradise Lost is decidedly more sinister… you play as an alien organism wreaking havoc in a space station where you were being experimented on. The gameplay looks rad and the premise is delightful… and did I mention it’s a ‘metroidvania’? People love those!

That's it for now, everybody! Now it's back to the grrriiiinnnnd! Let's have some fun on Sunday!

Eddie E. Givens, Jr., Zack O., and 20 more people like this update.


    1. Creator Yacht Club Games on December 31, 2013

      @Josiah Colborn: Good to hear! we are excited too!

    2. Creator Josiah Colborn on December 23, 2013

      I am very excited for Shovel Knight and eagerly await news of its imminent release.

    3. Creator Yacht Club Games on November 21, 2013

      @Wayne Griffin: Shovel Knight is coming out later this Winter. Sorry there's not a date more specific than that for now!
      @Gamemaster999: There is couch-multiplayer in Shovel Knight planned as an update to the main game; it'll be called "battle mode" and will be released later next year. However, we are not planning on having multiplayer on the 3DS. Since any kind of multiplayer (including download play) on the 3DS requires network code, it really blows out the resources and time needed to make it happen. We'd rather focus our time and energy elsewhere so that the rest of the game is polished and great!!! If you are hoping for battle mode, look forward to playing it on the WiiU or on Steam!!

    4. Creator Gamemaster999 on November 21, 2013

      I hope there is going to be multiplayer still in this. I can just imagine the mayhem! :D ....maybe you guys should allow download play in the game too for the 3DS version.

    5. Creator Phillip Hansen on November 20, 2013

      Top screen: I think that's meant to be a player-centered time freeze ability, can't take damage, but can't move either
      bottom screen: All I can really think of is fishing for treasure.

    6. Creator Wayne Griffin on November 20, 2013

      Do you have a revised estimate of completion date (or dates)? I am very very eager to play this; it looks great!

    7. Creator Banni Ibrahim on November 20, 2013

      Streetpass? Woo! I love streetpass features in 3DS games, honestly wasn't expecting Shovel Knight to have them.

    8. Creator Yacht Club Games on November 20, 2013

      @Gregory Nazarian: Street pass is a seeeecret! For now...
      @BladedFalcon: It's already started! Check out some of the backlogged pixel streams to see his animations being worked on! Or check out this crazy-cool stream with Ian Programming Specter Knight in the corner!
      @Robert Conrad: Yeah, I wish you were a Director for a Day, too! And yes, that mysterious object allows Shovel Knight to phase out of this plane to become a little less corporeal.
      @Eddie E. Givens, Jr.: That would be quite the feat, considering we haven't announced any news regarding PS4 development! I think you are going to have to deal with steam or the nintendo platforms for now!
      @Juan Rodriguez: It's going to be a surprise!
      @Anders T.N: That sure is a new idea! I'm not sure of another game that does that! At the very least, when you buy our game on Steam you are getting it for PC, Mac and Linux!
      @Christian: On it!!!!
      @Christian Michael Mata: Wouldn't that be weird! That might be a little far fetched for shovel knight, but I am looking forward to playing both of those games!
      @Kyle Turner: Yeah they sure are great! The animations are so smooth and dino-y!

    9. Creator Kyle Turner on November 20, 2013

      Ah! This is so exciting, I love you guys. Also thanks for the heads up on Dino Run 2; loved the original. Screenshots look great as usual, also.

    10. Creator Christian Michael Mata on November 20, 2013

      Hey Shovel Knight Team, any chance of a Paradise Lost crossover? Would love to play as alien knight!

    11. Creator Christian on November 20, 2013

      Stay awesome guys!

    12. Creator Anders T.N on November 20, 2013

      @Eddie E. Givens, Jr.
      I hope they let people with a consoles and a PC use the game on both. It makes no sense that you should buy something twice just cause you wanna enjoy it with ease on a TV ;)

    13. Creator Juan Rodriguez on November 20, 2013

      I'm curious as to what sort of StreetPass integration the game will have. :-)

    14. Creator Eddie E. Givens, Jr. on November 20, 2013

      Is there any chance that I can change my Kickstarter pre-order copy format from Steam to PlayStation 4? I'm just loving that system!

    15. Creator Conrad on November 20, 2013

      I wanna be a director for a day :(
      Digging that item, looks like it makes you intangible?

    16. Creator BladedFalcon on November 20, 2013

      Wait... Shovel knight is fishing? Wooooot?

      Anyway, cool update! thanks guys! and keep up the great work!

      Also, when is the development for Specter Knight starting? ;)

    17. Creator Gregory Nazarian on November 20, 2013

      Street Pass! That's great news. How will it work?

      Also, Paradise Lost is going to be great!