Will be overshadowed by: Ducktales’ retail release
Kickstarter has shown a lot of promise for financing games, but KS success story Shovel Knight will be one of the first retro-minded KS successes to finally launch this year. Shovel Knight is the first title from Yacht Club games, a developer made up of former developers from WayForward. SK allows those devs to proudly display their love of the past with a game that both looks and feels like an NES game, right down to gameplay inspired by Mega Man, Castlevania, and Metroid.
From our brief time playing the game on both Wii U and 3DS, it certainly feels like a lost NES release, but that might be why few people outside the Kickstarter pledges might notice it. The Wii U’s eShop is overlooked by most gamers, with the 3DS’s only getting moderately more exposure. And when WayForward’s own launch of an actual lost NES game, DuckTales, gets a retail rerelease around the same time, it might be hard for an extra niche title like Shovel Knight to get any exposure.