If it’s been a stressful week, relax and recharge with Shovel Knight. The blue-armored, garden-tool-wielding hero is the subject of the eighth album in the Prescription For Sleep series, a string of soft, lullaby-style renditions of popular video game tunes.
Yacht Club Games and Scarlet Moon Records are pleased to present the eighth album in the Billboard-charting Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series with PRESCRIPTION FOR SLEEP: SHOVEL KNIGHT. This volume has been crafted under the careful guidance of Yacht Club Games, featuring GENTLE LOVE’s unique brand of jazzy lullabies to sleep, relax, and study to. The album features 19 tracks from Shovel Knight and its expansions, including the highly-anticipated King of Cards, due out next month. GENTLE LOVE, which is comprised of Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series composer Norihiko Hibino on saxophone and Etrian Odyssey performer AYAKI on piano, also offers up an original theme inspired by the world of Shovel Knight titled “A New Dawn,” making for 20 tracks total. PRESCRIPTION FOR SLEEP: SHOVEL KNIGHT is available for pre-order starting today and will release this holiday season.
When you think of indie game success stories, Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight usually comes first to mind. The team took the classic gameplay from DuckTales and other NES titles and resurrected it anew, creating a new iconic character that has made cameos in dozens of other games now. Standing out in the crowded indie game scene isn’t an easy task, and depends a LOT on luck, but Yacht Club pulled it off and Shovel Knight is high-quality enough to deserve the hype.
When you consider that Shovel Knight is perhaps THE most successful retro-style indie game of its kind, you have to wonder why there’s never been a sequel. Instead, Yacht Club Games has been content to produce DLC content and add-ons for the original. It was 2014 when the original version of the game came out. By the time it’s “finished” it will be about five years old.
Shovel Knight is one of the most popular games of recent memory. It started out as a Kickstarter, then became a full-on gaming phenomenon, being put into other games, shows, and even getting a special Amiibo figure. What’s more, developer Yacht Club games took their winnings from the main game and made a series of spinoffs/expansions. And now, the last of these are set to arrive soon via Shovel Knight: King of Cards.
You might think that the Amiibo craze has died down, and yet, you couldn’t be more wrong, as Nintendo is still bringing out more and more figurines for various games. But in an interesting twist, a new trio of Amiibo have been confirmed for a game that was not made by Nintendo: Shovel Knight.
The third and final expansion for Shovel Knight has been revealed at the Nindies Summer Showcase. As previously announced, King of Cards will feature King Knight as the playable character and will see a new card-based mechanic introduced to shakeup the gameplay somewhat.
UDON and Yacht Club Games this week officially announced that fans of Shovel Knight will be able to purchase a new art book later this year with Shovel Knight: Official Design Works. The new book will be 150 pages of artwork based on the breakout hit game, Shovel Knight.
Yacht Club Games revealed this week that Shovel Knight is coming to the Nintendo Switch. According to the announcement, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will both be released on the new Nintendo console, which comes later this year.
The soundtrack to the hit indie platformer Shovel Knight is set to be released on vinyl. The Double-LP Blue Vinyl, which features every song from the game, is available to pre-order right now from BigWax.
Those who have bought indie platformer Shovel Knight are set to get even more for their money in the near future, as the developer behind the game has announced it is creating a host of new free DLC for the title. Teasing the upcoming expansions on their developer blog, Yacht Club Games has revealed that they are working on two new campaigns for Shovel Knight, one focusing on the Specter Knight and another for the King Knight.
The first third-party amiibo figure was released last weekend — Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. If this is the first time you’ve heard about this, it’s too late to buy one. The good news is that Yacht Club is prepared to run as many Shovel Knight printings as possible to satisfy demand, so if you can wait, you’ll eventually find one for market price.