Shovel Knight- Kickstarter project by ex-WayForward staff, now on 3DS!

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  • redcrayon 19 Mar 2013 08:50:41 4,544 posts
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    I really like the look of this- it's like a cross between Zelda 2, Castlevania and Megaman. They are aiming for a September release by the look of it. Out on PC and WiiU too, if you pledge, you get to choose which download code you want on release, but it's $15 for the 3DS/WiiU rather than a minimum of $10 for PC due to licensing. Seems reasonable.

    Nearly halfway funded too, with 27 days left to go.
    Kickstarter page

    It's the only Kickstarter I've ever chipped into, its made by ex-Wayforward staff and they made some of my favourite games of recent years, so I'm looking forward to seeing what Yacht Club games can do- there is some great artwork, music and gameplay videos available already.

    Bonus points for Shoveller quotes from Mystery Men :D

    Anyway, whatever you think of Kickstarter, I think this is one of the most interesting eshop projects I've seen for a while.

    Edited by redcrayon at 08:54:36 19-03-2013
  • redcrayon 7 Apr 2013 08:10:33 4,544 posts
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    Manami Matsumae, original composer of Mega Man, is now working on this!

    This is probably the game I'm looking forward to most this year.
  • Raiko101 7 Apr 2013 10:01:10 6,051 posts
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    I'm interested, but not completely sold. It does sound rather good though. Hasn't it reached it's goal now?

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  • brigadier 7 Apr 2013 10:47:39 107 posts
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    This was the first kick starter I've ever pledged to, I'm really looking forward to it. I'm glad it's at least got the new game +, everything after that's a bonus.
  • redcrayon 7 Apr 2013 12:30:54 4,544 posts
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    @Raiko101

    Yeah, it's gone ballistic- it'll probably hit twice it's goal, there's still a week to go. Currently it's digging through the stretch goals- playable boss knight etc.

    20 minute preview of the demo from PAX

    I love the nods to previous 8-bit games, while still retaining an identity of it's own- rather than living on nostalgia (like 3D Dot Game Heroes) this appears to be going out of it's way to update and streamline 8-bit mechanics. For example, you don't have lives, but you lose half your gold when you die. You need gold to buy upgrades, but they aren't mandatory at all. Nice and simple, while updating the '3 lives' anachronism. Looks like there's lots of hidden treasure in the levels too.

    Sony has also contacted them now- it's looking like it's going to be on PSN and XBL as well as 3DS, PC and WiiU.

    The Yacht Club Games team are the old Wayforward guys that made Contra 4 and Double Dragon Neon, so they've got a good pedigree for this kinda stuff.

    Edited by redcrayon at 12:41:54 07-04-2013
  • JinTypeNoir 10 Apr 2013 08:16:50 4,365 posts
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    Thanks to some promotion from internet gaming celebrities, Shovel Knight passed it $180,000 stretch goal and will now have a challenge mode. It's looking very likely it will pass the $200,000 goal for a 4-player battle mode as well. Past that, who knows?

    I hope this comes to Japan. We haven't been very lucky with WayForward's games, so here's hoping Yacht Club finds a way to get it over here.
  • redcrayon 10 Apr 2013 09:29:10 4,544 posts
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    It looks like they guaranteed EU and US release on their Kickstarter page. Why not ask them? They seem like a friendly bunch and reply to questions often.
  • JinTypeNoir 10 Apr 2013 12:04:27 4,365 posts
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    I already did and received a reply saying they couldn't promise anything, but it was great to hear from fans in Japan and they'd see what they could do. It was a long and detailed e-mail. I was so surprised that someone took the time to reply to me in that much detail.
  • redcrayon 10 Apr 2013 15:53:35 4,544 posts
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    Now you know how most of us feel when you reply on here ;-)
  • redcrayon 11 Apr 2013 16:50:26 4,544 posts
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    Bloody hell they are up to $230,000 with 3 days to go!

    Edited by redcrayon at 22:57:54 13-04-2013
  • redcrayon 13 Apr 2013 22:57:38 4,544 posts
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    And they made it, $300,000 and all stretch goals met!
  • redcrayon 6 Aug 2013 21:28:16 4,544 posts
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    This looks like its been delayed to winter rather than September now. Bit of a shame but if it lets them polish it before release, that has to be a good thing.
  • Raiko101 7 Aug 2013 17:13:21 6,051 posts
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    I'm sure it'll be worth the wait. It's looking mighty good.

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  • BeebleB 26 Jun 2014 14:41:37 870 posts
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    This is out today on steam and wii u and 3ds. Still looks great and ign gave it at 9 but the review read like a 7
  • GeeMacca 26 Jun 2014 14:44:27 2,789 posts
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    @BeebleB Only on steam in the UK however... Only out on 3DS and Wii U in the states currently.
  • brigadier 26 Jun 2014 14:46:13 107 posts
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    Posted this elsewhere:

    IGN 9/10
    Eurogamer 7/10
    Nintendo Life (Wii U) 9/10
    Nintendo Life (3DS) 9/10
    USGamer 5/5
    Destructoid: 9.5/10
    Gamespot: 7/10
    Polygon 9/10
    Joystiq 4.5/5
    Kotaku: Highly Positive
    Hardcore Gamer: 4.5/5
  • yegon 26 Jun 2014 20:03:22 5,155 posts
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    PC version for me then, well done Nintendo once again, nicely diverting funds away from your platform. Would have bought the Wii U version ideally, heyho.
  • Adv 26 Jun 2014 20:17:51 1,373 posts
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    What's Nintendo done?

    Just seen this on steam. It's 10.99 :/
  • BeebleB 26 Jun 2014 20:19:17 870 posts
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    played half an hour and its awesome..lots of secrets, hard boss fights and the music... :D

    10 pounds seems steep for a NES game but if it encourages them to make more games like this then I'm down.
  • YenRug 26 Jun 2014 20:22:01 2,014 posts
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    $14.99 on GOG.com, which should work out to under 10 at the moment.
  • yegon 26 Jun 2014 20:24:02 5,155 posts
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    Adv wrote:
    What's Nintendo done?
    You're right, was a bit knee-jerk there, apologies :)

    It's just I'd like to buy the Wii U version, but as so often happens with a lot of things on Nintendo's platform there seems to be an interminable wait for everything. They've probably got little/zip to do with Shovel Knight's release, but I wish they'd whip up some momentum where the eshop is concerned.

    Edited by yegon at 20:24:36 26-06-2014
  • Adv 26 Jun 2014 20:27:17 1,373 posts
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    Ah, right. I thought they had screwed up lol.
  • yegon 26 Jun 2014 20:29:56 5,155 posts
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    @Adv

    No, just me being whingy upon realising I wouldn't be getting the Wii U version, heh, sorry!

    Edited by yegon at 20:30:06 26-06-2014
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