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Shovel Knight

What’s the early verdict on Shovel Knight? Find out in our reviews roundup below.

Nintendo Everything – “Thumbs Up”
IGN – 9 / 10
Game Informer – 8.75 / 10
Joystiq – 4.5 / 5
Nintendo Life – 9 / 10
USGamer – 5 / 5
Polygon – 9 / 10
Kotaku – “Yes”
Destructoid – 9.5 / 10
GameSpot – 7 / 10
GamesRadar – 4.5 / 5
NintendoWorldReport – 10 / 10

I have to say: it’s pretty neat seeing Nintendo promote Shovel Knight in a dedicated press release!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On June 26, Yacht Club Games launches the hotly anticipated Shovel Knight for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, a sweeping classic platform adventure game with awesome game play, memorable characters and an 8-bit retro aesthetic.

You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and quest for his lost beloved. But between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost!

NOT ON THIS EPISODE: Jack and Laura! Jack has to take a break from the podcast for several weeks and Laura will likely be intermittent for a few weeks as well. The show… will be different…

ON THIS EPISODE: Special guest Aysha fills in to help save the podcast! Her and Austin talk about the Mass Effect 3‘s lost charm (but it’s still got romance) and Tomodachi Life‘s charm overload, and Austin bring his impressions of upcoming indie game Shovel Knight.

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This is a video showing you sort of what you expect from the core gameplay of Shovel Knight. It’s edited to remove various little secrets, but basically if you watch this you’ll have an idea of how the game plays.

Shovel Knight is almost here. In just over a week’s time, Wii U and 3DS owners in North America will finally be able to get their hands on the game.

Thankfully, Shovel Knight doesn’t take up too much space. The download only clocks in at 184MB on Wii U, with the actual size coming in at 158MB once installed. And on 3DS, Shovel Knight only takes up 1,217 blocks on an SD card.