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Shovel Knight has my number. It's laser-focused on children of the 8-bit era, blending elements of multiple games from Capcom's halcyon days on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The most prominent influences are the Mega Man series and DuckTales, some of the best action platformers the NES had to offer. Like its forebears, Shovel Knight offers a demanding challenge...

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How to beat Shovel Knight, as told by an 80s-style tips video

There is a sect of the internet who believe Shovel Knight is, in fact, a 1980s Capcom game that was merely discovered by members of Yacht Club Games and tweaked to be made playable on modern systems. We can neither confirm nor deny such speculation. Giving credence to this (only semi-)...

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Joystiq Weekly: Bleszinski returns, Escape Dead Island, WildStar impressions and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet. Well, we did it. We used a ton of gun powder to make...

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Shovel Knight cheat unlocks Butt Mode

Shovel Knight is brimming with cheat codes – more than 300 collected in this Google Doc so far – but the most adorable, childishly hilarious code unlocks Butt Mode, a cheat that replaces recurring nouns in the game with the word "butt." It's like reading a Harry Potter book and...

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Joystiq Streams: Sir Steam Give-away-in and the Shovel Knight [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

"For wonder of his hwe men hade/set in his semblaunt sene/he ferde as freke were fade/and oueral shovel-ene." Gentle squires, maidens and sirs alike, all ye gentle folk of the realm with a lust for platforming feats of derring do, Joystiq invites you to join us in a quest most grand. We are...

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Why Shovel Knight couldn't run on a real NES

Shovel Knight is a well-crafted homage to the golden age of NES platformers (read our review!), but that doesn't mean it could actually run on Nintendo's beloved 8-bit console. Children of the 80s and 90s will probably notice, for example, that there is no sprite flickering in Shovel Knight. As it...

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New Nintendo eShop releases: Shovel Knight, Castlevania 3

The gardening tool-wielding Shovel Knight makes his debut on Nintendo platforms this week, joining Konami's NES classic Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console. Who would win in a fight, you think -- Shovel Knight or Trevor Belmont? I'm guessing that a shovel...

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Shovel Knight review: Heaps and bounds

Shovel Knight has my number. It's laser-focused on children of the 8-bit era, blending elements of multiple games from Capcom's halcyon days on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The most prominent influences are the Mega Man series and DuckTales, some of the best action platformers the NES had to...

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Shovel Knight launch trailer dreams of excavation

Even when things are at their darkest, the brave and noble Shovel Knight doesn't throw in the trowel. Yacht Club Games' nostalgic 2D platformer gets shovelin' into Steam, Wii U and 3DS on Thursday, June 26, priced at $15. [Image: Yacht Club Games]...

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Here's the scoop: Shovel Knight arrives later this month

Ace of spades Shovel Knight is coming to Wii U, 3DS, Windows PC, Mac and Linux on June 26, and for realsies this time. The game was originally due on March 31 but dev Yacht Club delayed it close to release so the team could apply some extra polish. The new date is international for Steam, but on...

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Diggable platformer Shovel Knight looks ready to resurface

Retro-inspired platformer Shovel Knight was lurking underground after developer Yacht Club Games delayed it two months ago. However, the studio says it's done polishing the game to satisfaction, and it now has a final build that's it's hopefully ready to submit and perhaps imminently release. We've...

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