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Shovel Knight Launch Trailer – Epically Epic to Epic Proportions

Shovel Knight is nigh. Mere hours from this highly anticipated indie release, Yacht Club Games has one last launch trailer to show you exactly how epic its 8-bit retro throwback really is.

I’ve gone hands on with Shovel Knight once or twice at game shows, but even I was unprepared for how great this launch trailer is. Shovel Knight was pitched as a tribute to classic NES games, most noticeably Mega Man, but everything this trailer does shows off a game that clearly surpasses the classics it models itself after.

The obstacles are far more advanced that Mega Man 9 or 10 was able to turn out, the level design is complex with intense firefights, or shovel-fights for that matter, that would have proved impossible with older technology, and the boss fights are also more than just a pattern memorization. Those clips with Black Knight look as if you are fighting another player in multiplayer, not a programmed bot.

Shovel Knight is one of my most anticipated games of the year, and I am stoked that we are only hours away from playing it. My PS Vita has been put on hold, and I’m warming up my Nintendo 3DS with a playthrough of Ocarina of Time. No other way to make the time go by faster!

Shovel Knight will be released for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and PC.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...