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Two quick pieces of Shovel Knight news: first up, the Specter of Torment update for 3DS is finally almost here in Europe & Australia. The update will be available to download on June 1st at 23:00 UTC.

Also, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will be available on the Japanese Switch eShop tomorrow, May 30th.

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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment has now been dated for PAL regions on Wii U. It’s set to launch on May 11 in both Europe and Australia. The 3DS version is still without a date, but it shouldn’t be too far behind.

For those in North America, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is already out now on Wii U and 3DS. The Switch version is also available worldwide.

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Yacht Club Games published more images from the upcoming Shovel Knight: Official Design Works book. Find the latest previews below.

Shovel Knight: Official Design Works includes character art, developer commentary, rough illustrations and concept art, background development images, comprehensive sprite sheets, full-page promotional illustrations, and an exclusive interview with the team. It goes on sale sometime in August.

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Yacht Club Games recently revealed a cheat code for Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment changes the way Specter Knight wall jumps to be more in line with the wall jumping from Mega Man X. There are two versions of the cheat, both of which are identical except for the color palette swap that comes with the changed wall jump mechanics. One will turn Specter Knight blue, and the other will change him to red, both of which are likely homages to X and Zero from Mega Man X.

You can find Yacht Club’s Twitter posts, in which they reveal the cheat code, below. For those of you eager to relive the glory days of Mega Man X, the cheat codes are as follows:

  • For the blue palette, enter C&MVRKHNT when making a profile.
  • For the red palette, enter  S&CBHR when making a profile.

 

On its Twitter page, Udon Entertainment shared a preview of Shovel Knight: Official Design Works. A couple of pages from the upcoming book were posted.

Shovel Knight: Official Design Works ships at the end of August. It features key art, character concepts, enemy designs, sprite sheets, unused ideas, and a tribute art gallery. Pre-orders are currently $9 off on Amazon.

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In North America, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is available on your platform of choice. The game can be bought and played on Switch, Wii U, or 3DS.

In Europe, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is taking a bit longer than expected on Wii U and 3DS. Yacht Club Games now says it’s planned for May.

The studio wrote on its website:

“Despite our best effort and brightest optimism, we have found a few unexpected issues which are holding up different versions at the final submission step. We’re doing everything we can to have these resolved as soon as possible, but since this last step involves other teams, we are not able to provide an exact release date. We really can hear back on almost any day. We’re sorry for this delay, but hope to have you playing the latest version soon!”

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Shovel Knight: Official Design Works is an upcoming book from Yacht Club Games and Udon Entertainment. It’ll feature key art, character concepts, enemy designs, sprite sheets, unused ideas, and a tribute art gallery along with creator commentary and an exclusive interview.

For those interested in the cover, we now have that above via an Amazon listing. Speaking of which, the retailer is currently taking pre-orders which are at a $7 discount. Reservations are also now live on Amazon Canada and Amazon UK.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment has been out on Switch since the system launched at the start of March. However, Wii U and 3DS will soon be receiving the expansion as well.

Specter of Torment is set to release as a free update to Shovel Knight this Friday on Wii U in North America. 3DS will follow next Tuesday.


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Update (4/5): Now discounted by $7.23 on Amazon. If you already pre-ordered, you should automatically get the lower price.


Original (4/3): An Amazon listing for a book titled “Shovel Knight: Official Design Works” has gone up with a price of $39.99. This should be one of a few books Udon Entertainment announced in 2015.

The product description is as follows:

Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games.

Shovel Knight: Official Design Works collects the fun and original artwork behind this landmark title. Inside you’ll find key art, character concepts, enemy designs, sprite sheets, unused ideas, and an all-new Shovel Knight tribute art gallery! This epic tome is also packed with creator commentary, as well as exclusive interview with the Yacht Club Games team.

It appears to be 184 pages long, and is slated to be releasing later this year on August 29th according to the listing. There’s been no official announcement or comment from Yacht Club Games about this as of yet. You can see the page for yourself here.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Specter of Torment have received a new update. Version 3.0A is out now on Switch.

A number of fixes have been implemented, but the real highlight is a change to resolution. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove / Specter of Torment now run at 1080p while docked.

Head past the break for the full patch notes.

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