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The folks over at Kinda Funny Games have posted a bunch of footage from Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Take a look at the video below.

Retailer listings are indicating that the physical version of Shovel Knight has been delayed. Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop are now listing the game for November 3 in North America. An October 13 release date had been previously announced.

Of course, we don’t have an official confirmation that Shovel Knight’s physical version has been delayed. If we hear anything from Yacht Club Games, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Thanks to Jared for the tip.

Yacht Club Games has revealed that Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will launch on September 17. This applies to both Wii U and 3DS, and it’s apparently for all regions where the game is available.

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows adds Plague Knight’s adventure. Additionally, players can take on the new Challenge Mode.

You’ll need to clear the game as Shovel Knight before Plague Knight’s campaign unlocks. However, developer Yacht Club Games did mention in a blog update today that a special code will be shared to unlock it from the get-go.


Update (9/8): Shovel Knight was raised to $25 on Amazon for a short time, but both versions are back down to $20.

Original (8/29): The retail version of Shovel Knight is seeing a slight price increase. It was originally going for $20, but it’s now being bumped up to $25.

There is at least a very good reason for the change in price. It turns out that the packaged edition will now include a soundtrack.

Amazon seems to be one of the few retailers left with pre-orders at $20. If you’re interested, put in a reservation here.


Polygon has posted additional footage from Shovel Knight’s free expansion known as “Plague of Shadows”. You can watch the new video below.

Rumors recently circulated about Shovel Knight potentially coming to Smash Bros. It’s not yet known if there’s any truth to the speculation, and as expected, Yacht Club Games doesn’t have much to say on the matter.

When asked by iDigitalTimes about the rumors, the studio’s Sean Velasco simply said: “No, we don’t have anything to say about that.”

Velasco again touched on the Shovel Knight amiibo as well, and explained how this is something the studio is prepared for.

“We’re the first third-party amiibo being made. Nintendo, they do this thing where they go to developers and tell them what’s next. We brought up amiibo, and they gave us a run-down of everything. We never thought we could do a third-party amiibo, but that’s what Nintendo’s plan was.”

“We already have a pretty big merchandise wing at Yacht Club. We make shovels and shirts and toys and things. We already had this set up to make something like this, and it was right in our wheelhouse. We’re manufacturing and distributing the thing ourselves, but Nintendo is there with oversight. They’ve helped us out every step of the way. We’ve been working on this deal for a year now, so it’s exciting to be able to tell everyone ‘here it is!'”


We heard last week that Yacht Club Games will be entirely responsible for the Shovel Knight amiibo. Nintendo is licensing the technology, but it’s pretty much up to the studio to get the figure into consumers’ hands.

This is something that Yacht Club Games reiterated to Destructoid at PAX Prime 2015. He additionally revealed that the Shovel Knight amiibo will be produced in the same factory as Disney Infinity figures.

Velasco said:

“We’re basically licensing the amiibo technology from Nintendo, and they’ve been overseeing it every step of the way. From the design, to how the amiibo functions in the game, to making sure that it was all just perfect in every way.”

“But we’re the ones that are dealing with the manufacturing and distribution, we’re the ones that are talking with the toy and sculpture people. Even things like the packaging.”


GameSpot has posted a video showcasing gameplay from Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Watch it below.

Nindies@Night has just ended at PAX and with that came a slew of announcements, one of them being the confirmation of the rumored – and then subsequently leaked – Shovel Knight amiibo, the first third-party amiibo by Yacht Club Games.

Now that the event is over, the show floor is opened with the amiibo on display, and along that blueprints and concepts on the bases and overall design of the Shovel Knight amiibo and packaging before settling on the prototype currently being shown. You can check out photos of the planning behind the amiibo below:


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Yacht Club Games published a new trailer for Shovel Knight’s free DLC expansion, Plague of Shadows. You can view it below.

In other news, Yacht Club Games confirmed that Plague of Shadows wrapped up development earlier this week. Fans can expect a release date “very, very soon”.

“We’re happy to share that, as of August 5th, Plague of Shadows has completed development! Now the game is in the “submission phase” where we coordinate with everyone to make sure it arrives on your system without a hitch. This can be a mystifying step, since we need to coordinate with a lot of teams beyond just our own. Once we hear word back, we’ll be able to share a true final release date. But expect it very, very soon! In the meantime, get ready for updates in the near future detailing the new campaign!”


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