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Shovel Knight

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Yacht Club Games

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A groundbreaking love letter to 8 bits!
Backers: 14747
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Funded: $311,491 of $75,000
Dates: Mar 14th -> Apr 13th (30 days)
Project By: Yacht Club Games
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What's your favorite crowdfunded game?

February 27th - via: nintendoenthusiast.com
Plenty of games such as Shovel Knight and A Hat in Time ower their existence to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. What crowdfunded game is your favorite? (Read More)

The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over

December 14th - via: kotaku.com.au
When I first met the co-founders of Yacht Club Games in October of 2016, at their sleek, ocean-adjacent offices in Marina del Rey, California, they told me they were shocked to still be working on Shovel Knight. After all, it had been three and a half years since they’d quit their day jobs to make their dream video game. (Read More)

Shovel Knight creators talk Kickstarter, new expansions and how Switch accounts for 'about 25%' of total sales

December 2nd - via: destructoid.com
Although I had a feeling Shovel Knight would take off, I didn't think it would take off as much as it did. I mean the little guy has a cameo in pretty much everything from puzzle games to rhythm romps now, and even managed to snag appearances from God of War's Kratos and Battletoads' trio. (Read More)

Yacht Club Games to renew focus on third-party publishing

September 25th - via: finance.yahoo.com
After five years of Shovel Knight, the indie studio sets out to help other indies. (Read More)

Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels Board Game Coming to Kickstarter July 2

July 1st - via: dualshockers.com
Yacht Club Games and Panda Cult Games are teaming up to deliver the upcoming side-scrolling tabletop game Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels. (Read More)

What DLC do you wish was a new game instead?

June 30th - via: destructoid.com
One of my most anticipated releases in 2019 is not a new game, but a DLC expansion to Hollow Knight. As a part of its Kickstarter stretch goals, the acclaimed bug-em-up Metroidvania (Read More)

[COMING SOON!] Panda Cult Games Has Announced A Kickstarter For A SHOVEL KNIGHT Board Game

June 7th - via: gamefragger.com
Shovel Knight has had a pretty great run ever since it released back in 2013, becoming one of the most popular Indie titles out there that almost single-handedly kickstarted the craze for indie titles; by becoming the first title to make players really start noticing games by independent developers. With all of that success, Yacht Club Games's Shovel Knight, as a character, has already showed up in a handful of games from other Indie developers, and even as a Spirit in Nintendo's critically acclaimed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  (Read More)

Best Kickstarter games anniversary

May 7th - via: redbull.com
Game development is a tricky thing. That may seem like the understatement of the year, but if you have a phenomenal idea but the person you (Read More)

Shovel Knight: King of Cards is One Expansion to Rule Them All

April 4th - via: dualshockers.com
As soon as I got the green light from the Editorial Team here at DualShockers that I (Read More)

The studio behind Shovel Knight is publishing a new project, to be revealed at PAX East

March 15th - via: destructoid.com
The sky is the limit for Yacht Club Games. In just a few months they're set to wrap up all of the content they promised in their Shovel Knight Kickstarter campaign, which began crowdfunding operations all the way back in 2013. (Read More)

Top 8 Kickstarter-funded games

January 9th - via: en.softonic.com
The best Kickstarter games are the ones that you never even knew were crowdfunded, simply because of how popular and successful they are on their own. And while some of these games haven (Read More)

Shovel Knight 2 Could Come 'One Day' says Yacht Club Games

August 30th - via: aotf.com
Shovel Knight is easily one of the biggest success stories from the early days of Kickstarter. The game launched in 2014 to wide spread acclaim (Read More)

From Kickstarter to Release

May 2nd - via: cliqist.com
Shovel Knight's next major piece of DLC is finally here in Specter of Torment. Let's find out if it lives up to the original game. (Read More)

The New Way to Fund a Developer's Dream

December 25th - via: sbindependent.org
In recent years, many independent developers have looked to gamers for support when it comes to funding their projects. This process of getting the consumer involved with the funding of the game's development is known as crowd funding. (Read More)

3DS Added as Stretch Goal on Ghost Police Kickstarter

October 17th - via: nintendolife.com
Potential soundtrack to be composed by Shovel Knight Composer - Many promising and interesting projects have been made possible only because of Kickstarter. The crowdfunding startup has help give shape to games such as Shovel Knight, Mighty No. 9, Yooka-Laylee, and many more. (Read More)

Want More Music From The Shovel Knight Composer? There’s a Kickstarter For That

October 17th - via: siliconera.com
Fund a Kickstarter so the Shovel Knight composer can create new retro-style tracks for Ghost Police. (Read More)

5 of the Biggest Video Game Kickstarter Success Stories

July 19th - via: cheatsheet.com
It's a brave new world out there when it comes to getting video games funded. Kickstarter has helped launch a number of top-notch games over the years. (Read More)

Shovel Knight Getting Retail Release

July 2nd - via: cliqist.com
Looks like Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games is getting a retail release. (Read More)

Shovel Knight, A Kickstarter Standard

January 11th - via: cliqist.com
Shovel Knight is an ultra hard platformer that was funded on Kickstarter (Read More)

Shovel Knight's Game Awards Win. A Victory for Crowdfunding.

December 8th - via: cliqist.com
This years game awards celebrated all of the expected titles, but the Shovel Knight win was important for crowdfunded games. (Read More)

Meet The New Additions To The EPIC Manager Family Of Adventurers ☆ @WeAreManaVoid #GameDev #GamersUnite

November 12th - via: gamesfreezer.eu
It's that time of the week again when we bring you an update on the audaciously, bodacious Kickstarter campaign that goes by the name of EPIC MANAGER! (Read More)

A Guide to Shovel Knight’s Feats

September 29th - via: cliqist.com
We’ve covered Shovel Knight here before I believe… Ah! Yep, here it is. A fine review, for all intents and purposes. (Read More)

Shovel Knight sells 180,000 in first month

August 6th - via: computerandvideogames.com
Yacht Club Games opens up on finances (Read More)

Kickstarter Weekly vol. 33

July 2nd - via: indiehaven.com
Indie game Kickstarter stuff, written by a girl who has been gaming for about as long as she could walk, or talk. (Read More)

Shovel Knight Finally Hits Wii U, 3DS, and PC June 26th

June 23rd - via: attackofthefanboy.com
After an extremely successful Kickstarter the retro-platformer Shovel Knight will hit Wii U, 3DS, and PC on June 26th. The game has been a fan sensation at various conventions, such as PAX and Minecon. The release has had many delays since the original Kickstarter ended in April 2013, but after a long wait the release is just around the corner. (Read More)

Hex Heroes Kickstarter update - Saturday Update Bonanza Part I: Shovel Knight!

March 29th - via: gonintendo.com
Greetings Heroes! We’re kicking off Hex Heroes’ first weekend with a two part update! Yacht Club Games’ Kickstarter debut made a big splash with Shovel Knight, hitting all their stretch goals! The Valencia, California studio was founded by developers with lots of solid retro gaming experience, and we’re pumped that they’re bringing Shovel Knight to Wii U and 3DS! (Read More)

Editorial – There’s Beauty In Simplicity

February 8th - via: cliqist.com
Today in gaming we are living in the 8th generation of video game consoles, and as each of these generations comes and goes the main stream gaming audience is introduced to increasingly more powerful video game platforms. It’s an easy thing to understand that as more powerful gaming platforms are introduced to the masses, that a certain level of graphical fidelity is to expected. As gaming has grown, so to has the community of people who associate themselves with it. The gaming community has gone through many different stages of development in its long and varied life. From enthusiasts, purists, supports and casual fans all the way up to becoming game developers, mod creators and many other jobs that are unique to gaming. It’s this diverse community that keeps gaming (at its core) about the games and how fun they are. (Read More)

New, Old School Game Shovel Knight is Coming in March

January 23rd - via: gametrailers.com
Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight will see release relatively soon as it receives a release date of March 31. The game is featured in 8-bit glory and almost looks like a lost NES game. It was initially announced as a Kickstarter project last last year and will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Steam. (Read More)

Kickstarter Darling Shovel Knight Gets Trailer, Release Date

January 23rd - via: leviathyn.com
In addition to a snazzy new trailer, Shovel Knight finally has a release date. (Read More)

Shovel Knight Pushed Back to "Early 2014" Release

December 3rd - via: technobuffalo.com
Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has announced that its retro-style platformer has been pushed back a few months. (Read More)

Shovel Knight: Kickstarter Update Reveals 3DS Port of the Game to Include Miiverse and Streetpass

November 21st - via: global.christianpost.com
Kickstarter-funded game Shovel Knight will get a 3DS version of the game that includes stereoscopic, Miiverse, and a streetpass feature. (Read More)

Shovel Knight will include 3DS stereoscopic, Miiverse and Streetpass features

November 21st - via: polygon.com
Developer Yacht Club Games will integrate 3DS stereoscopic support as well as Miiverse and Streetpass features into its Kickstarter-funded game, Shovel Knight, according to a project update by the developer. (Read More)

Talking Kickstarter With Yacht Club Games, Castle Pixel, Chris Niosi, Gaijin Goombah, and Josh of RFC

September 30th - via: screwattack.com
Gaijin Goombah sits down with Yacht Club Games of Shovel Knight, Pixel Castle's Rob of Rex Rocket, Chris Niosi of TOME/A Hat In Time, and RFC's Josh to discuss games, kickstarter, and how they've affected us all! (Read More)

Retro Video Game 'Shovel Knight' Just Raised More Than $300,000 On Kickstarter

April 17th - via: blogs.wsj.com
Instead of cramming into a tiny apartment to build a game, the co-founders of Yacht Club Games can now afford something a little nicer thanks to its campaign on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Shovel Knight Quadruples Kickstarter Goal

April 15th - via: escapistmagazine.com
Yacht Club Game's Kickstarter campaign for Shovel Knight has raised more than $300,000 toward the game's development. (Read More)

Shovel Knight Kickstarter Campaign Ends After Reaching All Stretch Goals

April 14th - via: nintendolife.com
Yacht Club Games announced its first project a month ago in the form of Shovel Knight. The developer set up a Kickstarter campaign in order to achieve further funding for the game and it has been astonishingly successful. The campaign has now come to an end and the developer managed to obtain a further $311,502 in funding, which is outstanding considering the original goal was a meagre $75,000. (Read More)

‘Shovel Knight’ Kickstarter Campaign Brings In Three Times The Goal

April 14th - via: inquisitr.com
Shovel Knight‘s Kickstarter campaign has come to an end. The video game development campaign ended up a massive success as it brought in more than three times the stated monetary goal. (Read More)

Update # 18: Art Contest Winners and Livestream Marathon!

April 12th - via: kickstarter.com
3rd Playable Knight UNLOCKED!Now, a 3rd member of the Order joins the fray, with new mobility and story! Totally unbelievable! Who is our mystery character going to be? The community will vote on who they want... after the whole Order of No Quarter... (Read More)

Crowdfunding Roundup: 3D Printer & Scanner, Indoor Herb Garden, and Retro Gaming

April 11th - via: crowdoutlet.com
In case you hadn't noticed, we love crowdfunding! There are always great products out there that deserve attention, and here at Crowd Outlet we plan to occasionally highlight some of the projects we like the most.This week there are fantastic solutions for consumer-grade 3D printing and scanning (RigidBot and Photon), a low-energy blue laser light (Firefly), an intelligent indoor herb-growing system (Smart Herb Garden), and a retro-style 8-bit side-scrolling game (Shovel Knight). (Read More)

Steam Time, Pulse Time, Box Time, Art Time... and Tinker Time!

April 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Get excited for our 24 hour Live Stream!We are going to be streaming LIVE for the last 24 hours of the campaign. We’re already brewing the coffee for our final hurrah! http://www.twitch.tv/yachtclubgames - Starting tomorrow, Friday at 8PM PST!! We... (Read More)

Update #16: NEW Stretch Goals! PHYSICAL BOX!! and MORE!

April 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Only 3 days left but we’re on fire! Quick, here’s a bunch of new stuff! Schedule - Don’t forget the Art Contest!We can’t wait to show everyone all of the amazing art we’ve gotten. Seriously we were laughing and gasping at every one. Send us... (Read More)

Update # 15: Stretch Goals! Gifs! and Your Burning Questions, Answered!

April 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey Shovel believers! It’s a shorter and later update today because of our Reddit AMA that is going on right now! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1bzygy/we_are_yacht_club_games_creators_of_the_game/ Ask us the wildest questions you can think... (Read More)

Oops, Steam Adjustment! (READ EVERYONE)

April 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello everyone! One of our goals for Shovel Knight and Yacht Club Games was to be transparent and honest with you all; it was never our intention to mislead. Kickstarter Reward Changes:Backers who pledge $10 will continue to receive access to... (Read More)

Update #14: Paypal, and our Art Process, Revealed!

April 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey team! On top of our news update, we thought we could give everyone an insight into how we make those fancy illustrations and pixel models! Schedule:Sanctuary Crew Shovel Knight LiveStream! - Channel 1- Today! at 5PM PST -... (Read More)

Update # 13: More Unlocks, More News... and Mole Knight!

April 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow!  The last 24 hours have been incredible.   We’ve jumped 20k in the last 2 days and hit 2 stretch goals, and we're gaining steam! Not only that, we’ve been receiving a ton of awesome fan art for our Official Shovel Knight Fan Art Contest (... (Read More)

Update #12: One Week Left! Art Contest, Jake’s stream song, Youtube Previews!

April 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey Shovelheads, only one week left!! AHHHHH! There’s so much left to do...a Reddit AMA, more knight reveals, more twitch streams, more art, more updates, more, more, more! Let’s make the most of it! I want to see 4 player battle mode come to... (Read More)

Update #11: Virt Live Stream, Avatars, and Reddit AMA!

April 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Virt Alert! Jake Kaufman Livestream Tonight!!Jake Kaufman is composing LIVE tonight: Friday at 5PM Pacific Time. After announcing Manami Matsumae’s involvement, we’re all doubly excited for Shovel Knight’s musicality, so it should be like a... (Read More)


April 4th - via: kickstarter.com
"This is the first time I'm working on a Western game! It's quite exciting! Shovel Knight and I are a good fit. So... let's get shovelin'?" - Manami Matsumae With trembling fingers, we type those words. But it’s true! Manami Matsumae, the legendary... (Read More)

Update # 9: Achievements.... and PLAGUE KNIGHT!

April 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
It’s that time again! Here's the dirt! Achievement unlocked - Achievements!l!Shovel Knight continues to plow right through the stretch goals.  This time he’s broken the Achievement barrier.  Our own custom, non-obtrusive achievement system will... (Read More)

Update # 8: Collaboration Day!

April 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Beloved backers, all we ever talk about is Shovel Knight! Yacht Club Games! Me me me! My my my! Now Now Now! Well today, let’s do something to change that. Today, we are excited to talk about projects we love and are doing collaborations with!... (Read More)

New Tiers! New Options! Jake "Virt" Kaufman LIVESTREAM!!

April 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Hey Shovelheads, it's that time again. Let's jump in, shall we? Jake Kaufman Livestream on Friday!!Jake Kaufman, the greatest musician to have ever been to my house, will be composing LIVE, this Friday at 5PM Pacific Time! That’s right, he is going... (Read More)

The Enchantress and Music Player!

March 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello again everyone! This update will be a bit more low key as members of the team are taking today to spend time with their family and loved ones. We hope your weekend is going well too! Be sure to keep an eye out later this week, however, as we... (Read More)

Shovel Knight reaches Kickstarter goal, announces stretch additions

March 31st - via: joystiq.com
Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight kickstarter has reached its $75,000 objective, announcing stretch goals for the game inspired by 8-bit platformers. The game's kickstarter still has 13 days to go. (Read More)

Update #5: WE’RE FUNDED!

March 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow. Wow! Thanks to you, our amazing backers, we are happy to say that WE DID IT! SHOVEL KNIGHT IS A HAPPENING THING! Let’s Celebrate! We are so appreciative and thankful, we could cry. It’s been a crazy ride, and we still have a long campaign... (Read More)

Update # 4: Stretch Goals, Streams, and Wallpaper!

March 29th - via: kickstarter.com
First up, make sure to check out our live stream of Shovel Knight Gameplay, happening at 5PM Pacific time! http://www.twitch.tv/yachtclubgames If you missed the stream last night, it will be up soon on our youtube channel, as will our future streams:... (Read More)

Update #3: Pixel Time!

March 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everybody! It’s time for a Shovel Knight update! Let’s dig in. First off, here’s a couple of moody wallpapers; one of our hero gazing into the distance, and one of a camping scene. (They look small, but they are big, just right-click and... (Read More)

We're back from PAX!

March 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Award! PAX MUST PLAY – DestructoidAward! PAXpocolypse: BEST OF 2013 – Warp Zoned Award! Pixelitis Picks: PAX East (Indie) Games of the Show - Pixelitis “Okay, this game looks f*%king awesome.” – Colin Moriarty, IGN “I came back to it a... (Read More)

Shovel Knight coming to Wii U, 3DS if Kickstarter funded

March 19th - via: joystiq.com
Shovel Knight will make its way to Wii U and 3DS if it reaches its Kickstarter funding goal. The game was previously announced for PC. Shovel Knight is in development at Yacht Club Games, a group of WayForward (Aliens: Infestation, BloodRayne: Betrayal) expats, who are currently at $32,000 of a $75,000 goal, with 25 days to go. (Read More)

Shovel Knight announced for 3DS and Wii U! CAN YOU DIG IT!?

March 18th - via: kickstarter.com
You asked for it. We wanted it. And now, we can finally say it! If funded, Shovel Knight will be coming to Wii U and 3DS! Wii U and 3DS game codes will be made available to everyone who pledges $15 or more. Upon release, you can choose (1) which... (Read More)

Ex-WayForward Devs Seek Kickstarter Funding For New Game

March 15th - via: escapistmagazine.com
Shovel Knight is an upcoming homage to 8-bit games crafted by some of the people behind the excellent Contra 4, and it needs your help to enter production. (Read More)

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