Shovel Knight Unearths June 26

Tomorrow, Shovel Knight will be released to the Nintendo eShops for both Wii U and 3DS.  We already have our review copy of the game for Wii U, so be sure to stay tuned into NintendoFuse to see what we think of the Wii U version!  See the official press release below:

PRESS RELEASE

Shovel Knight Unearthed for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Original Platform Adventure Game Delivers Timeless 2D Action, Retro Style and Platform-Specific Features

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.

On June 26, Yacht Club Games launches the hotly anticipated Shovel Knight for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS ... 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. (Photo: Business Wire)

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!

Packed to the brim with content, Shovel Knight boasts several unique features on Nintendo platforms. Shovel Knight will include exclusive Miiverse functionality on Wii U, and the Nintendo 3DS version will feature both stereoscopic 3D and an exclusive Battle Arena mode using StreetPass.

“With Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games is leading a new indie charge in the Nintendo eShop, strengthening an already great lineup of content,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing.

Since its announcement in 2013, Shovel Knight’s polished game play and beautiful presentation have made it a worldwide phenomenon, garnering effusive praise from players and critics alike:

  • IGN – “Shovel Knight’s charm stands out far beyond its aesthetics – the music is incredible, it controls like a dream, and it manages to be challenging while never being unfair.”
  • Alexa Ray Corriea, Polygon – “…playing the game, I felt not only nostalgia, but I felt at home.”
  • Kyle MacGregor, Destructoid – “Playing Shovel Knight makes me grin like an idiot.”
  • Kevin Cassidy, GoNintendo – “Shovel Knight is the real deal. Yacht Club Games has made something really special with this game. Ridiculously good!”
  • M.H. Williams, US Gamer – “I will say, this is the most ‘Nintendo’ game I’ve ever played.”

Shovel Knight launches June 26 as a digital download in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

For further Shovel Knight details:

Shovel Knight Website: http://www.shovelknight.com

Shovel Knight Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgnD4WRzgjI

Shovel Knight Twitter: https://twitter.com/yachtclubgames

Shovel Knight Facebook: facebook.com/yachtclubgames

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About Yacht Club Games: Yacht Club Games is an independent game developer started in 2013 by a crew of former WayForward employees. We are a fun-loving bunch of gaming geniuses who have dedicated our lives to video games ever since we saw our first pixels. However, our serious and solemn goal is to make really awesome original games that fuse modern and retro sensibilities. We want to create fun and challenging gameplay. We want to both tug at your heartstrings and delight you with levity and charm. We want to make games that you play together with friends and family. Most of all, we want to give everyone the same collective types of game experiences that have defined our generation. It’s such an exciting time to be a fan of games; the industry is experiencing a renaissance and creativity is flourishing. We are so, so excited to develop games that we love, in hopes that you love them too. Let’s make a splash!

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About the author:

Greg’s gaming hobby started with the NES when his grandma purchased it for Christmas one year. He started with Super Mario Brothers with Duck Hunt set and Super Mario would become the first game he beat. From there he continued gaming with the SNES, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Game Cube, Nintendo DS (original, Lite, DSi), and then was a first week Wii owner. Most recently he games on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U. His favorite series include Mariokart, Legend of Zelda and Metroid. His genres of choice are action/adventure, RPG, puzzle/strategy and platforming. His life long goal of going to E3 was achieved in June 2013 and hopes to return in the future.

Greg has been blogging for NintendoFuse since November 2011. He started off as a knowledgeable contestant for the Ambassador Tournament, and was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and occasionally sharing news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as the Event Moderator.

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