Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shovel Knight Digs Up Some Serious Support Through Kickstarter

The highly anticipated Shovel Knight has ended its Kickstarter run with an impressive $311,502 from over 14,000 Backers! The game has grown quite a following due to its developer pedigree and the gaming community gushing over the playable GDC demo. Fans of Mega Man, Castlevania, Zelda II and Duck Tales will fall on love with this game which developer Yacht Club Games has described as "Next Gen 8-Bit". This means that the game retains the look and feel of the NES classics it's modeled after while the gameplay and progression feels like a current action adventure game. While the game blasted past its primary goal of $75,000 halfway through the campaign, the excellent stretch goals listed below are what really pushed the game over the top.
  • Music Player + Extras
  • Achievements
  • New Game +
  • Playable Boss Knight
  • Linux/Mac Version
  • Playable Boss Knight 2
  • Gender Swap Mode
  • Challenge Mode
  • 4 Player Battle Mode
  • Real, Physical Box (For Backer's who pledged $50 or more)
  • Playable Boss Knight 3
  • All Bosses in Battle Mode
The developers even managed to get composer Manami Matsumae to contribute 2 original songs for the game. Capcom fans will know her amazing music from titles such as the original Mega Man, Mega Man 10 and the SNES classic, U.N. Squadron. With the loss of Mega Man, Shovel Knight is sure to fill the void left by the Blue Bomber while blazing its own path and giving us a fresh new franchise driven by the fans. Congratulations to Yacht Club Games on their success!

For those who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, Yacht Club Games is offering gamer's the chance to grab a copy through Paypal until April 30th. What are your thoughts on Shovel Knight? Comment below and be sure to follow Treon's Realm on Twitter.

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