Released to critical acclaim, Shovel Knight has become one of the most popular and iconic platforming games of the last few years. This has translated to all three of the big console manufacturers inking deals to feature Shovel Knight crossovers with some of their biggest properties.
In the past, we’ve seen Microsoft feature the Battletoads in Shovel Knight, and Sony added Kratos from God of War as a boss in the PlayStation versions of the game. That being said, Shovel Knight is a game largely inspired by 80’s Nintendo properties, and in fact, the game debuted originally on PC and Nintendo platforms only. Well, Nintendo is fittingly paying homage to Shovel Knight in a big way, according to some leaked materials.
As it turns out, Shovel Knight is getting his very own amiibo. The news was leaked by UK game retailer GAME, who posted an image of the Shovel Knight amiibo on Twitter, along with some additional bits of information that hint at the amiibo’s specific functionality.
The information from GAME indicates that the Shovel Knight amiibo will be compatible with multiple games. Presumably, it will unlock new content in the Wii U and 3DS versions of the actual Shovel Knight game, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see functionality for the Shovel Knight amiibo added to amiibo-heavy Nintendo titles that are already out, or will be available in the near future. Specifically, future titles from Yacht Club Games on Nintendo platforms are mentioned, though as of the time of this writing, the only project from Yacht Club that we know is in development is the Plague of Shadows expansion for Shovel Knight.
The existence of the Shovel Knight amiibo is very telling, and somewhat contradicts rumors that Shovel Knight is being added to Super Smash Bros. as future DLC since the character would likely get his own Smash-centric amiibo as well. Still, we already know that Nintendo is totally willing to incorporate third-party characters into Smash, as we saw with Ryu from Street Fighter being added as downloadable content, and considering the popularity of the Shovel Knight character and the new amiibo, it makes a lot of sense for Nintendo to add him to the game.
Another possible use for the Shovel Knight amiibo could be with the upcoming Super Mario Maker, another game that is heavy on amiibo usage. Super Mario Maker allows players to use amiibo to control 8-bit versions of their amiibo figures in-game, and considering the fact that Shovel Knight is a homage to the 8-bit era, the Shovel Knight character seems like a perfect fit for Super Mario Maker.
The Shovel Knight amiibo is supposedly set to release November 27th, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. That being said, it’s best to wait for official confirmation from Nintendo before busting out the wallet.
Shovel Knight is currently available for Linux, Mac, Nintendo 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One.