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A groundbreaking 
love letter to 8 bits!
A groundbreaking 
love letter to 8 bits!
A groundbreaking love letter to 8 bits!
14,749 backers pledged $311,502 to help bring this project to life.




Hey backers… you should totally check your Humble Key page. I think there might be something there for you. Something that you’ve been patiently waiting for. It’s just a little early… because we love you a whole lot. Shhh… don’t speak. Just enjoy the moment. 

For all of you backers out there, you can now redeem your copy of Shovel Knight -- on 3DS, Wii U, PC, and Steam. We covered the exact step necessary to redeem your code in Monday's update under “How To Get Your Copy Of Shovel Knight”. So give it a look see! For clarification, the Nintendo versions are NA only, and the PC version is Windows only. We're working to get the rest out as soon as possible, so stay tuned!

A big “Thank You” to Humble Bundle, Nintendo, and Valve for providing the support to make something like this happen! 

For all the non-backers out there, get ready to download the game on 3DS, Wii U, and PC at 11am PST. 

Help!: If you have any trouble accessing your key or account then contact Humble Bundle at: If you’re having trouble playing Shovel Knight, please contact us at . This way we can be absolutely sure that all members of the team can help you out directly with your issue. Please do not ask for assistance through Kickstarter-- a comment timeline makes for poor communication and not all members can assist through private messages. 

Platform Changes: We tried to hold off as long as possible, but at this point platform choices are absolutely locked in. We cannot consider platform changes once you have received a platform code since we have method to verify whether your copy of the game has been redeemed. For Nintendo Backers who are not in the NA region: we can still process platform requests since codes have not yet been requested. 

Wii U Players: You’ll be embarking on your Shovel Knight adventure before the game is out for everyone but Shovel Knight’s Miiverse community will not be available today. Expect it to be live at Thursday, June 26th at 9 a.m. PT. Until then you can still play every dirt covered inch of the same game as any other platform -- just without access to the Digger’s Diary!

Breaking the NES

On a side note, while your game is downloading, check out this neat article David wrote on the ways in which we don’t follow the technical restrictions of the NES: Read it here!!

That's it, everyone! And, for something even MORE EXCITING tonight, come to our stream at 7PM PDT where we'll be playing Demon's Crest and a MYSTERY GAME! See you there?

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    1. Frederik Vezina
      on July 3, 2014

      Just completed the game - it is truly an amazing work of art. Reminds me of Little Samson, a late NES platformer that really pushed the limits of the system - and now goes for a thousand bucks on eBay!

      I'll agree with the reviewers - you have nailed it. This game feels like we remember an awesome 8-bit game felt and looks like what we thought games looked when Ninja Gaiden's graphics were the best thing ever.

      I have an NES plugged in and still pull out Bionic Commando or Crystalis from time to time, so I know exactly what an actual 8-bit fix feels like - you have managed to distill the experience into something both identical and improved.

      Twenty years from now, people will still wonder why nobody makes games quite like the original Zelda, Faxanadu, River City Ransom, or Shovel Knight anymore.

    2. Mikael Tedh Larsson on June 30, 2014

      I have been waiting for a long time but according to the reviews the game is awesome so I can wait for a while more. However i can't shake the feeling that the european release seems like an afterthought with all translations and such. I don't in anyway demand an explanation but i would gladly appreciate one. Thanks.

    3. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 27, 2014

      @Thomas Swift: Shovel Knight IS coming to the wiiU and we posted more info about all that in the most recent update!

    4. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 27, 2014

      @Ronald Duwell: you are very welcome!
      @Jake Washington: You are correct, the Nintendo platforms are noa only. Check our most recent update for more info on that.
      @Bogoy Hafner: Sadly, that is the case!
      @Christopher Miller: Chris is right! it was a physical reward only but the digital version is available to EVERYONE at Jake's bandcamp site! as a "pay-if-you-want" type deal!
      @Teppic: Yeah a few buttons were suggested, including up and the jump button. but each of those had their issues, so we decided on just letting it be the attack button. Maybe an option for a dedicated shovel cancel button might work, though. Glad you are enjoying it!!!
      @Guillaume Verdin and Danton McCreadie: Thanks for holding off, check our most recent update for more info on this.
      @St. McDuck: you are welcome!(?)
      @Monika Gombocz : we are working out the specifics of this right now and we'll let you know soon! Check out our latest update for more details.
      @Andrew Simpson: tell your WiiU "you're welcome"!!! We are so glad you like it!

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      Thomas Swift on June 27, 2014

      Is the nintendo version to remain NA only? If so I kinda feel I want my money back. will these codes work one day? ever on European wii u?

    6. Andrew Simpson on June 27, 2014

      OMG!!! I played this for hours last night! Thank you so much for making such an amazing game! It was well worth the wait and exceeded my expectations ten fold! As a mid-thirties guys who started out on 8-bit, this was a magical experience to say the least! My Wii U thanks you!

    7. Monika Gombocz on June 27, 2014

      So what do I do if I need a European Wii U code? Will I get a second code automatically?

    8. St. McDuck on June 27, 2014

      My thumb hurts.
      Thanks Yacht Club Games!

    9. Danton McCreadie on June 27, 2014

      Likewise, I haven't claimed my Humble Bundle code just yet either. I look forward to playing Shovel Knight soon regardless. =)

    10. Guillaume Verdin on June 27, 2014

      It seems that Humble Bundle is absolutely unaware of region specifics and sent Wii U/3DS redeem codes to Europeans regardless... -_- I didn't claim mine yet because I was wondering whether NoA and NoE used the same download codes. Of course the key won't work right now, but will it work when the game is released in Europe, or should we wait for another download code?

    11. Teppic on June 27, 2014

      I'm enjoying the game a lot I have to add. I'm up to Treasure Knight.

    12. Teppic on June 27, 2014

      @ Yacht Club Games: Thanks for the explanation! I understand why you choose that route and I think a cancel button can be better in those situations. But I also think that some button other than the attack button would have been a better choice as it wouldn't make me do an action I might not want to do (ie attack), like the jump button. Or better yet, to be able to choose which button you want to use in the control options.

    13. Chris on June 27, 2014

      About the soundtrack:
      I guess it's physical only, but you can also download it on Kaufman's bandcamp:

    14. Christopher Miller on June 27, 2014

      I'm not sure if I missed it yet, but is there a way to download the soundtrack yet? Or are they a physical reward only?

    15. Bogoy Hafner on June 27, 2014

      So if I understand this correctly, the code I redeemed on the humble bundle page will not yet work on my EU 3DS, and all I need to do is wait? :P A shame... sounds like the game is fun :)

    16. Jake Washington on June 27, 2014

      Congratulations on the relase! One problem though. I am unable to redeem the 3DS code I was sent. I have double checked I have no inputted it correctly and it still does not work sadly. I assume this is because I am using a Japanese 3DS? If so is there any advice you can give me about this? Hopefully I can dig into the game soon!

    17. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 27, 2014

      @Frank Bautista : That's great! I love being aware of those silly things we did as kids!

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      Frank Bautista on June 26, 2014

      Haven't had a chance to post, but really, congrats on the uber awesome game! Playing the heck out of it and to be honest, it's been a while since I've been able to enter a state of "Gamer Zen". Back in the day, as a kid, playing the NES, my focus was as fine as a laser cutting diamonds when I went up against precision platforming. I've been able to slip back into that mode with this game. Even found myself slipping my tongue out to the side, a thing I always did as youngin' gamer back in the 80s-early 90s. Shovel Knight is a BLAST! Totally dig it!

    19. Ronald Duwell on June 26, 2014

      Downloading it now. Thanks for the help guys

    20. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 26, 2014

      @Teppic: sure! We tried to simplify the input as much as possible. When bouncing up and down on multiple objects or even on the same object multiple times, it's really important that the player is able to position themselves laterally. If you are holding down and also moving left or right, it can become very tiring on the thumbs and would ultimately limit what we could expect the player to accomplish. Forcing the player to "Shovel Cancel" out of the Shovel Drop by conscious decision was the result of a lot of back and forth design sessions and implementations. I can say that we went with the best option because we tried out so many others. In the end, intentional choice of the player is most important!
      @Feenie Von Karma: Yeah I wish there was abetter system. Maybe when YCG grows as a company, we'll be able to push in more directions at once, but for now there's only half a dozen of us!
      @Lee Sparkes: I'm so glad to be able to be your first Kickstarter and to have delivered on your expectations!
      @Wayne Griffin: I'm sooo glad to read that you are enjoying the game! Stretch goals are the only thing on our minds so a sequel is a ways off.
      @Johan Ollars and everyone else wondering about EU codes!: Sorry the nintendo codes are for NOA only. EU will have to wait till we localize the game fully! I really wish there was a better way to get the game to you guys, especially since you are clearly capable of reading english! You'll see it soon! don't worry!
      @turd: Consult with a doctor if you intend to play longer than 8 hours.
      @Rasmus Sorber: Oh no! we've had a few issues come to light as a result of releasing the game to potentially 15,000 unique pc setups. Send a support email to !
      @Jesse Dylan Watson: So glad you love it! The b and a switch was made in the best interest of the players' hands despite the established norms of the system. If you don't like it you are totally capable of changing the initial bindings in the options menu!
      @Daniel Louks: Accepted with great humility, It's amazing to hear such praise!You are VERY welcome!
      @Wayne Griffin: Physical rewards will be soon! Manual and box are being printed right now!!!
      @Jonathan Robertson: That's amazing to hear! Sorry to deprive you of your sleep!
      @Colin Mc: I'm glad that the 3DS hasn't gotten in the way of enjoying it! It would be awesome to see Shovel Knight on a screen like the vita's!
      @Neo: Won't have to wait too long!
      @Andre Kellerand Ronald Duwell: : Hey Andre, send your info to us via and we'll see what we can do!
      @Shachihoko: Once you get health upgrades and relics it gets easier! Stick with it!
      @Ryan Bell: A million thank yous! I hope your kids are enjoying it!
      @phillip Hansen: Awesome! thanks for helping us out!
      @x_epted: Wow, I'm at a loss for words. Thank you so much for those kind sentiments.
      @Frederik Vezina: Don't lose too much sleep!

    21. Frederik Vezina
      on June 26, 2014

      Really good stuff - you guys made me go to bed later than I should have.
      Remember to post an update here to tell us of your next project!

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      x_epted on June 26, 2014

      I just wanted to say thank you and congratulations. You guys set out to create a modern yet original take on the classics from the 8-bit era, but, to me at least, it feels like so much more. You didn't just give us levels to clear and bosses to defeat, you gave us a world to explore, characters to get to know, and so on, and I love that. I'm only halfway through the game, but I'm already so engaged and invested in the world. I feel like I'm going to remember Shovel Knight forever. To me, gameplay makes a game great to play, but those other things (when done right) make a game great to have played. Those other things are what leave a lasting impression on people; they're the shovel that lets the game dig a hole into the player's heart.

      Don't get me wrong, Shovel Knight has perfect controls, creative and intelligent level and boss design, and plentiful upgrades, too! They're just one piece of the puzzle, to me at least, and many publishers and developers nowadays seem to forget that. All of you at Yacht Club Games are clearly an exception to that, and Shovel Knight is much more than just entertainment. You have created something that will affect people, and that is probably the best thing you can do as a game creator. So, thank you for putting so much care into this game. You guys are amazing.

    23. Ryan Bell on June 26, 2014

      *"It was" not "It has", bah silly typos.... I will chalk that up to excitement about the awesomeness of the game.

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      Phillip Hansen on June 26, 2014

      Ha! Funny enough, I followed the instructions for sending in my controller information, and it turns out this was my second controller, which had not been formally binded to Steam yet!

    25. Ryan Bell on June 26, 2014

      To the fine folks at Yacht Club Games,

      This game is amazing. I downloaded it last night for the Wii U. I played it this morning with my kids. This is such an awesome game. I love the difficulty and the quirkiness of the villagers. So far I have laid the smackdown on Black Knight, King Knight, and Spectre Knight. It has hard just getting to Spectre Knight, but that made the victory all the sweeter. I am totally looking forward to beating this game and then playing the gender swap mode and the Boss playthrough mode. Words just don't give this title justice nay! shovel justice as to how incredibly well this game is. Great work and vision. Keep it up.

      P.S. Next up for Yacht Club... Shovel Knight X? (16 bit themed game)

      P.S.S. I can not wait to see what awesome game you all come up with next. You have a backer for life. I will say though that Shovel Knight is a franchise title worthy of a follow up. You all rock!

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      Shachihoko on June 26, 2014

      Downloaded my copy for 3DS this morning before I left for work; had the chance to play it after lunch (at work).

      By my standards, it's *hard* - I couldn't get past the Black Knight during that first attempt, with multiple continues. ;.; But it's also fun, and so far the fun is outweighing the frustration.

      I feel that my investment in this project has been money well spent. Keep up the good work, Yacht Club Games! (And I look forward to getting the soundtrack. :)

    27. Ronald Duwell on June 26, 2014

      Never got my code.

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      Andre Keller on June 26, 2014

      The humble bundle link I was sent only has a link for a Steam key. I would like the game on Wii U. Where do I get my eshop code for the Wii U version instead of the Steam version I was sent? Thank you.

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      Neo on June 26, 2014

      Nice! Waiting for Linux version. :)

    30. Gamemaniac3434 on June 26, 2014

      Glad to try it out guys, looks like a good time. Even if its not on Vita, it still looks good.

    31. John Abbate on June 26, 2014

      When will it be ready for Mac?

    32. Martin Nielsen on June 26, 2014

      redeemed my code, but it doesn't work on my EU 3DS :-(

    33. Jonathan Robertson
      on June 26, 2014

      Yeah… so this will go down as one of the best surprises this year for me. Thanks for the early release! Have had a blast playing so far and next thing I knew, it was 1am.

      You guys are amazing and I'll definitely keep an eye on you in the future. Pretty sure I'm going to buy anything you make from this point forward :)

    34. Wayne Griffin on June 26, 2014

      I forgot to ask when the physical rewards are going to be sent out. I can't wait to get the soundtrack album. :D

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      Daniel Louks on June 26, 2014

      Please accept my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude for bringing Shovel Knight into existence. While I know it was as much for yourselves as it was for others, please know that your creation has already found a fond place in my heart that I want sure existed anymore. This game it's deeply satisfying, energizing, and challenging for this old kid that thought hehad left his best game playing years behind.

      This is a masterpiece, and if it doesn't translate into a large financial success, know that you accomplished your goal in making something both brilliant and passionate.

      Thank you.

    36. Jesse Dylan Watson on June 26, 2014

      Not loving as much: How come the B button is used to confirm stuff? The 3DS and Wii U menu system is set up so that A is confirm and B is cancel, so swapping when one gets into the game menus is awkward.

      That is my one and only complaint. :) Such a great game!

    37. Jesse Dylan Watson on June 26, 2014

      Loving: THE GAME. Amazing, even better than I'd thought. There were so many directions this game could have taken and been great, but I believe the best direction was chosen. It already feels more like a sequel than an original because everything is so tight, polished and expansive. Wonderful! So happy with it.

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      Rasmus Sorber on June 26, 2014

      The game keeps crashing when I try to launch it. :c

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      turd on June 26, 2014

      this game is everything i dreamed of and more! the music makes my dick rock hard!

    40. Johan Ollars on June 26, 2014

      Only launched in the US? :S doesn't seem to work in the EU

    41. Wayne Griffin on June 26, 2014

      This was a sweet surprise! I defeated the Black Knight and visited the village, talking to everybody before making myself go to bed. I received an allergy shot this morning, which is followed by a mandatory 20 minute waiting period, which I spent playing the Pridemoor Keep level and defeating King Knight. I absolutely love it! I especially enjoyed finding secret areas and the 3D was fantastic! I loved seeing the background layers scrolling by and the lava popping out of the screen as it hit the castle floor. Well done! I can tell a lot of hard work (and love) went into this game. Modern techniques used on a beautifully nostalgia-wrapped package make for a happy old-school gamer. It's very impressive, especially considering it was made by five people. I hope Shovel Knight is very successful for you, Yacht Club. You've earned it.

      P.S. - looking forward to all those stretch goal goodies! Also curious if you've had a chance to consider what your next game will be...

    42. Teppic on June 26, 2014

      @ Ahmed: By not holding down? I don't see your point.

    43. Lee Sparkes on June 26, 2014

      This game is the reason I signed up to Kickstarter. I played through the first hour and it is incredible. Seriously outdone yourselves - give the team a big pat on the back from me and I look forward to buying it once again when it hits the Wii U eShop in Europe!

    44. Feenie Von Karma on June 26, 2014

      @Yacht Club Games Thanks for the response, still eagerly awaiting the date over here! (Europe vs NA release dates are the weirdest thing ever, usually we are the ones missing out, then we get something like Layton vs Wright before America? Really bizarre!)

    45. Ahmed on June 26, 2014

      @Teppic In just the first stage, there's a "puzzle" in regards to this game mechanic: there's a large block containing a gem, and if y ou dig straight down, you'll miss it. So you have to figure out how not to do that.

    46. Teppic on June 26, 2014

      @Yacht Club Games: Can you give me an example when a continuing downward thrust without holding down is needed? I can understand if it's something that affects gameplay someway and that's why you need it in. But I can't come up with anything myself when this feature is needed. It made me die a few times because I didn't work like all other games with downward thrust in them. Having to press an extra button to stop doing it seems unnecessary to me.

    47. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 26, 2014

      @Teppic: actually that was a conscious choice we made during development and there are few setups that are designed around having to cancel the Shovel Drop with a Dig Slash. We talked about it a lot, but in the end, we decided that the Shovel Drop would work best as the way we implemented. Maybe we'll change our minds on the matter but I would expect that aspect of the game not to change! Also thanks for enjoying it!

    48. Teppic on June 26, 2014

      The game is stellar! Only have one request: That you add an option for not keep doing a downward thrust if you release down.

    49. Yacht Club Games Creator on June 26, 2014

      @ARustyFirePlace: hopefully you are sleeping by now!
      @Nathan Maloy and everyone else wondering about their non-NOA keys: The other regions are currently being worked on. We are waiting for localization to come in and, once implemented, we'll send the game off for European certifications! Once we have a better handle on the timing of all this we'll let everyone know!
      @Protodude: you're VERY welcome!
      @metsallica: Woo!
      @Bethany Heck and everyone else wondering about the mac and linux versions: since mac and linux are stretch goals they'll be coming in at a later date. We already have linux running and the mac is hot on its heals. Once we have a clearer picture on this we'll let you know! However, that code that puts shovel Knight on your steam account is all you need. Once the mac version is out, it'll show up as an option to choose from in the store menu!
      @Justin Holmes: I hope a 5 hour coffee break was ok with your boss!
      @Sonvar: Ready and waiting!
      @Doug: you are welcome!
      @ARustyFirePlace and everyone else wondering about "beta" codes: The steam codes are beta codes technically ONLY because they let you get the game 1 day early. It's not actually a different version of the game!
      @Duncan: If you yell into the 3ds mic i think it goes a percentage faster based ont he decibal level of your shouting. let me double check on that for you.
      @Jeffrey Kahn: no jeffery, we love YOU!
      @Stephen Staver: Wow! such amazing support!
      @Leroy Sylva: are you still up? you should get some sleep!
      @Gabriel Nagib: If you wait 7 more hours you'll be able to get both!
      @Banni Ibrahim: Yeah the emailer was hit pretty hard having to send out 15,000 emails but those guys made it happen! yay!!!!
      @Elise: !!! How far did they get! I really want to know!!!!
      @Duncan: I hope the loss of sleep was worth it!
      @Jesus Antonio Rivera Muñoz: I am also very excited..i mean... AHHHHHHH!!
      @Chris Plaatjes: your patience is rewarded!
      @Ryan Hicks: Oh dang! that sounds pretty "ok" haha
      @AJ Harris: after we finish all this crazy update content! haha
      @Stephen "Stoibs" D: well as a backer you should have gotten an email with your download code. We wanted to reward the backers for their patience with a little something!
      @Keith Alan Kamikawa: thanks kieth! and thanks for joining the stream!
      @Zane: you're welcome so much :)
      @Joe Fernandez: WOoo! congrats!
      @Phillip Hansen: check out this page!
      if you submit your conroller info there we'll make sure to update for it for the next update!
      @Greg Mason: Shouldn't come to that. If you've contacted their support you should be on the right track:
      @Izak Benjamin Gainor: You can absolutely say that and I am always up for a high five!
      @Zombie_Socks_96: At least you know it'll be there waiting for you!!!
      @Pat Cortes: you are absolutely welcome! I'm so glad we were able to share it with all you guys!
      @Nathan Black: We are waiting to do the artbook until all the content is done since we'll have a ton more art to show off once we do things like gender swap mode!
      @Henrique: tier 1 down! still a long way to go!
      @Julián Quijano: Thank you! Congrats to you on a successful kickstarter!
      @Cameron W.: Playing a new video game in a hotel is one of my favorite things. I know tht sounds weird but it makes the whole trip that much more memorable!
      @Makay Finley: Wow I'm so touched that Shovel Knight resonates with you on that level. Thanks you so much for playing it and seeing our intentions realized!
      @J: Check above for the controller submission form. We'll try to make sure it gets included in the next update! in the meantime, there's always xpadder!
      @Tony Price:Glad you saw that difficulty balanced! you are welcome and posts like this made the hard work worth it!
      @Alex Ting: < 3< 3< 3< 3< 3< 3< 3< 3< 3< 3
      @Jason: wow, I'm so happy that Shovel Knight exudes that love that we poured into it! And yes, action figures HAVE TO happen!
      @David Farrior: thank you thank you thank you! while we do have musings of the future, we have a lot of stretch goal content that we'll be making for the time being so think of this as a constantly growing game!
      @Jaryd Weiss: Glad you like it! Hopefully the hardness helps to hone your skills and doesn't feel too cheap!
      @Chris Scharling: I'm really happy that you were able to enjoy it! I hope your dreams are filled with shovels and giant mounds of jewelled dirt! Shovel Knight in Smash?!? THAT is my dream!
      @Danton McCreadie: Sorry danton, but it won't. Check above for more details
      @frederic tarabout: The classiest of "you're welcome"s
      @David Ken Castellanos Anaya: So glad you like it! to answer your question: I'm not totally familiar with that process but I imagine that the promotion is only good towards purchases made through the e-shop. I would tak that up with nintendo.
      @TheMaverickk: I hope they are able to help you out! sounds like a weird email thingand possibly the email is going to spam? not sure. If you can't get a resolution soon, you can send us an email and we'll see what we can do.
      @Joshua Culla Daly: yes, sorry, see above.
      @Sukrit Chaijiraphant: Wow so fast!
      @Adam Barry: IGN's is great! I can't wait for the others to roll in once the embargo is lifted. (IGN was given exclusive permission to break embargo to coincide with the early backer release!)
      @Feenie Von Karma: very sorry for the communication confusion! In our excitement we may have been inconsiderate of the EU backers!
      @Birk Bonnicksen: And an equally big "you're very welcome" to you.and also a "thanks" from our side, as well!
      @giga-ganon: Are you SURE they'd notice if you took a 4 hour coffee break?

    50. giga-ganon on June 26, 2014

      aaaargh, i'm working right now! Can't wait to go home! 4h left!!!