May 20, 2020 3:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“Steel thy shovel.”

Be it as the lead character of his own story, or having a cameo role in other games, Shovel Knight is everywhere and now you’ll never have to miss a single one of his Nintendo Switch adventures:

 

Available Now:

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

 

Release Date: March 03, 2017 (EU & NA) / May 30, 2017 (JP)  

Players: up to 4 players

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer

Game File Size: 153 MB

 

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action-adventure game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic! Run, jump, and battle as Shovel Knight, wielder of the Shovel Blade, in a quest for his lost beloved. Take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and confront their menacing leader, The Enchantress.

But that’s not everything! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove also features four additional games all unto themselves! Take control of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight on adventures of their own or battle each other in a local four player Showdown. Together, they form a grand and sweeping saga!

With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you get it all. Play with a friend in Shovel of Hope’s cooperative campaign, test your mettle in full-featured challenge modes, battle together in Showdown, and change the game with Body Swap mode. Uphold the virtues of Shovelry, earn relics and riches, and discover the true meaning of shovel justice!

 

Includes:

Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope – Steel your Shovel Blade and start digging through the adventure that started it all! Jump, battle foes, and discover treasures as you quest to defeat the Order of No Quarter and their vile leader, The Enchantress.

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Prime your potions and become the maniacal alchemist Plague Knight in his adventure to brew the ultimate potion! Combine bomb parts to create custom combinations, discover new items, areas and bosses, and maybe even discover a bubbling romance.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – Summon your scythe in the prequel to Shovel Knight! Take control of Specter Knight to dash through completely redesigned levels by climbing walls, mastering a new arsenal of weapons, and slashing your foes to ribbons. Become the reaper, discover your melancholy past, and recruit the Order of No Quarter!

Shovel Knight: King of Cards – Step into the gilded boots of King Knight in the biggest and most regal Shovel Knight game of them all! Leap, Shoulder Bash, gather new subjects, and strategize your way through this prequel in your quest to become King of Cards!

Shovel Knight Showdown – Duel with up to 4 players locally and scramble after gems, or take control of your favorite character and dig into Story Mode! Master every move, explore a vast array of items and locales, and discover new revelations in this platform fighting game.

 

Features:

• Yacht Club Games’ beautifully authentic style bridges the gap between yesterday and today. Design, art, and audio hearken back to the days of 8-bit.
• The systems of today also give Shovel Knight modern touches: detailed animation, multilayered parallax backgrounds, and evolved game design.
• Leap over gaps! Duel with foes! Uncover treasure! Find Secrets! Upgrade! Shovel Knight is simple to learn and play, but challenge lies everywhere.
• Multiple awesome soundtracks by Jake “Virt” Kaufman with additional songs by Manami Matsumae!
• Amass riches to upgrade your armor and weapons.
• Detailed, living background and animation! Big, beautiful pixels!
• Lovable characters and bosses!
• Balanced gameplay is a warm welcome to newcomers, and an old embrace for experts.
• A light touch to narrative with humor, levity, and heart.
• Retell the adventure and uncover all of the world’s secrets with New Game+!
• Challenge Mode – A full featured mode with over 50 challenge levels that up the ante in every way!
• Body Swap – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a guy? Well, now you can change them all around however you want, with brand new designs for all of the main characters in Shovel of Hope!
• Co-op! – Grab a friend and play through Shovel of Hope as a fully cooperative adventure!

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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

 

Release Date: March 03, 2017 (EU & NA)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer

Game File Size: 152 MB

 

Disclaimer: If you have purchased Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for your system, you will not need to purchase Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment separately. This title is included with all versions of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the action-packed prequel to Shovel Knight! Take control of Specter Knight, servant to the Enchantress, in a quest to recruit a cadre of knights and create the Order of No Quarter. With his scythe and preternatural agility at the ready, he can glide across the ground, clamber up walls, and command an arsenal of curious weapons.

If he carries out his duties, Specter Knight may have a chance at regaining his lost humanity and breaking his chains of servitude. But what cruel tricks might the Enchantress have up her sleeve?

 

Features:

• Climb walls, leap over gaps, and dispatch enemies with the Dash Slash. Specter Knight’s playstyle brings motion and action to the forefront!
• Collect and upgrade curios to unleash all new special attacks.
Test your scythe skills with Feats and Challenge Stages featuring boss rematches, platforming challenges, and more!
• Yacht Club Games’ beautifully authentic style bridges the gap between yesterday and today. Design, art, and audio hearken back to the days of 8-bit.
• A somber tale told with a light touch to narrative with humor, levity, and heart.
• Awesome soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman!
• Balanced gameplay is a warm welcome to newcomers, and an old embrace for experts.
• Crazy bosses and lovable characters.
• Take on a new challenge and uncover all of the world’s secrets with New Game+!

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Blaster Master Zero (DLC “EX Character”)

 

Release Date: March 03, 2017 (JP) / March 09, 2017 (EU & NA)

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Action, Adventure, Shooter

Game File Size: 172 MB

 

Using the original 1988 NES title “Blaster Master” from Sunsoft as a base, Blaster Master Zero has many new additions, such as new areas and bosses, new gameplay elements such as extra sub-weapons, improved gameplay, a more robust scenario, refined and expanded exploration mechanics, and more.

In the near future on Earth, a young man named Jason Frudnick boards the battle vehicle SOPHIA III and sets off on an adventure in the subterranean depths of the planet.

On the side-view maps, take control of SOPHIA III and explore your surroundings as you search for the entrance to the dungeon where the area’s boss lurks.

Once you find the dungeon entrance, exit SOPHIA III and make your way inside as Jason and take on the mutants inside in top-down mode.

Defeat the mid-bosses and area bosses to acquire new items, sub-weapons, upgrades to SOPHIA III and Jason’s equipment, and new abilities and move to the next area.

What awaits Jason at the end of his long adventure…?

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Runner3 (Playable Character)

 

Release Date: May 22, 2018 (EU & NA)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Platformer, Music, Application, Action

Game File Size: 2.4 GB

 

The rhythm-music gameplay of BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2 is back and better than ever!

The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He’s ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick, float, drive, fly, and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging, and joyous levels!

 

Features:

  • Hero Quests! – Runner3 is filled with oddball characters in need of your help. Lend them a hand and they’ll reward you generously!
  • Vehicles! – Players will encounter wild vehicles that stand no chance of ever being deemed street legal. Eggplant planes! Celery cars! Cans propelled by carbonation! And so much more!
  • Branching Paths! – Every level in Runner3 offers branching paths of varying difficulties. Take the hard path and earn yourself some gems; opt for the normal path and line your pockets with precious gold bars. The choice is yours!
  • Retro Challenges! – A series tradition, every level in Runner3 has an accompanying “retro” level–it’s like two games for the price of one! These levels will also offer a series’ first: free movement! Control CommanderVideo in ways you never have before, and earn precious “Gildan” coins in the process!
  • Item Shop! – Players will be able to spend their hard-earned Gildans and gems on costumes, capes, accessories, and more. There are no in-game purchases in Runner3–keep your dang money!
  • New Playable Characters! – The Commanders are joined by friends new and old, including Dave of Woah Dave! fame, Unkle Dill, Frank ‘N Stein, Awnty Rewty, and more!
  • Charles Martinet! – Charles Martinet, known best as the voice of Mario, returns for his role of “The Narrator”

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Runbow (Playable Character)

 

Release Date: July 03, 2018 (EU & NA) / December 13, 2018 (EU & NA)

Players: up to 9 players

Genre: Platformer, Party, Action, Multiplayer

Game File Size: 1.1 GB

 

The world of Runbow changes with each swipe of the background, so you’ll have to stay on your toes as platforms and obstacles disappear – If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. Fast, frantic, and fun for up to nine players, Runbow is filled with tons of modes and content to keep you running back for more.

Go head to head with your friends, locally or online, in Run, Arena, or King of the Hill, for a colorful, crazy competition.

Hundreds of pieces of unlockable Gallery content await you, from concept art to characters, and even a few hidden secrets…

Crazy multiplayer, five game modes, 19 guest characters, hundreds of levels, and tons more content all in one unforgettable colorful game, you better get ready to Runbow!

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Blade Strangers (Playable Fighter)

 

Release Date: August 28, 2018 (EU & NA) / August 28, 2018 (JP)

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Fighting, Action, Application

Game File Size: 2.1 GB

 

A malevolent force known only as Lina is devouring data from a vast, interdimensional network of servers overseen by sentient computers called ”motes.” In desperation, the motes summon heroes from a variety of parallel game worlds to face off against each other in one-on-one combat. The tournament victor has the potential to be awakened as the Blade Stranger—the savior who can vanquish Lina and protect the motes from further harm!

Developed by Studio Saizensen, Blade Strangers is a hardcore old-school fighting game. The streamlined four-button control scheme makes it easy for beginners to deal out damage from day one…but the intricate combos, counters and specials give tournament-caliber players plenty of opportunities for frame counting, chain construction and hit-box science.

  • Fighter roster includes popular characters from previous Studio Saizensen and/or Nicalis games, including Code of Princess EX, Cave Story+, the Umihara Kawase series and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. Other surprise entrants include the well-known indie superstars Shovel Knight and Gunvolt.
  • Accessible and intuitive controls designed to bring fresh blood to the ranks of fighting game players everywhere.
  • Play offline Story, Missions, Arcade and Versus modes or try to climb the leaderboards in the highly-competitive Online modes.
  • Tutorial and Training modes are available for beginner and advanced players.
  • Each character has alternate color settings and their own familiar “home” stage for players to select.
  • Proprietary development system transforms 3D models and animation into 2D spritework; every frame looks like a gorgeous anime drawing come to life!

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Brawlhalla (Playable Fighter)

 

Release Date: November 06, 2018 (EU & NA) / September 05, 2019 (JP)

Players: up to 8 players

Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Racing, Application

Game File Size: 283 MB

 

Come fight for glory in Brawlhalla® – an epic free-to-play platform fighting game. Join casual free-for-alls and ranked matches, or make a custom room with your friends. Millions of players, frequent updates, and more than 40 unique characters. Join the eternal battle arena, where the greatest warriors in history brawl to prove who’s the best!

Featuring both online and local competition as well as single-player and co-op modes. With eight free-to-play characters rotating every week, you can also play online to earn gold and unlock more Legends. 100% free to play with no pay-to-win advantages.

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Road Redemption (Playable Character)

 

Release Date: November 06, 2018 (EU & NA)

Players: up to 10 players

Genre: Fighting, Multiplayer, Application, Action

Game File Size: 2.7 GB

 

In the fiery remnants of a once vibrant world, gangs battle for dominance across wartorn highways.

When a motorcycle assassin takes out the boss of the richest weapons cartel, the cartel offers a bounty of wealth beyond imagination for the assassin’s head.

Now every thug, warrior, and bounty hunter with a bike and blade is out to catch the assassin and win the bounty, including you. The race is on.

To succeed, you’ll have to fight your way across the country, through both friendly and rival gang territory, with whatever weapons you can get your hands on: swords, shotguns, baseball bats, sledge hammers, pipe bombs, and so much more.

You’ll need to use what you earn and learn along the way to upgrade yourself, your ride, and your weapons. The path to glory and riches is a long one paved in blood and pain, but luckily you’ve got a fast bike.

Start Your Engines

Road Redemption is an action racing game where you lead your motorcycle gang on an epic journey of pursuit, blood, and speed. Through your travels, you will upgrade your character, bike, and weapons by completing races, assassinations, robberies, and more.
You’ll need to use kicks, grabs, counters, and other moves to stay alive.
Death is a constant companion on the roads of the wasteland, but it is not an end; if you are killed, you keep everything you’ve earned so you can get back in the race.

The Lone Wolf Dies, the Pack Survives

Through local and online multiplayer, you can work together with your friends or grind them into road dust beneath your tires. You can play multiplayer online or through 2 player splitscreen.

Features:

  • Online Multiplayer
  • Tons of brutal weapons.
  • 2-player splitscreen co-op.
  • Massive, expandable skill tree. Rack in the loot to upgrade your character, your bike, and your weapons.
  • A deep motorcycle fighting system with grabs, kicks, counters, critical strikes, and more.

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Shovel Knight: King of Cards

 

Release Date: December 10, 2019 (EU & NA)  

Players: 1 player

Genre: Adventure, Action, Platformer

Game File Size: 207 MB

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Make way for Shovel Knight: King of Cards, the grandest adventure in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga! Step into the gilded boots of King Knight as you leap, Shoulder Bash, and twirl your way to a kingdom of your own in this regal prequel. Gather cards, take on challengers, and build a deck in the all-new card game, Joustus! Travel through strange worlds, gather new subjects, best the Joustus Judges, and become King of Cards! World-class platforming, exquisite visuals, a story with heart, action-packed stages, masterful music, glorious new bosses, and more await you in Shovel Knight: King of Cards.

 

Features:

• See how the royal saga begins! Encounter some familiar faces, meet some new ones, and learn how King Knight came to sit upon the throne at Pridemoor Keep in the most ridiculous Shovel Knight adventure yet!
• Smash enemies and obstacles head-on with your Shoulder Bash! King Knight’s showy play style is all about crashing, bouncing, and throwing his heft around.
• Take part in Joustus, a brand new collectible card game created specifically for King of Cards! Build a deck, search for over 120 unique cards, defeat challengers, and become the Champion of each House of Joustus.
• Collect tons of treasure, heirlooms, armors, abilities, and followers as you sail the skies in your quest for the Joustus Crown.
• Test your skills with new Feats and Challenge Stages featuring boss rematches, custom-created platforming challenges, and more.
• Enjoy Yacht Club Games’ finest visual presentation ever! The beautiful, 8-bit inspired style bridges the gap between yesterday and today.
• Another masterful soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman!
• Balanced gameplay is a warm welcome to newcomers and an old embrace for experts.
• Take on a new challenge and multiply your wealth with New Game+!

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Shovel Knight Showdown

 

Release Date: December 10, 2019 (EU & NA)

Players: up to 4 players

Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Fighting, Platformer

Game File Size: 196 MB

 

Shovel Knight Showdown is the ultimate platform fighting experience, where you can duel with up to 4 players and scramble after gems as your favorite heroic or villainous knight from the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga. Gather your pals for endless multiplayer clashes, or choose from more than 16 playable characters in Story Mode, each with their own unique story to tell. Master every move, explore a vast array of items and locales, and discover new revelations in Shovel Knight Showdown!

When a magical catastrophe creates a world of never-ending battle, the heroes and villains of the Shovel Knight saga must discover the source of the disaster and fight to set things right! Play as your favorite character (alone or with a friend in co-op battles), face off against powerful rivals, and perfect your platform fighting skills in full-featured practice and target modes on your way to an all-new final encounter. Unlock new content and revisit Shovel Knight Showdown again and again as you dig into an immense variety of single-player and local multiplayer modes, features, and customizations.

 

Features:

• Play as all the key heroes and villains from Shovel Knight, many for the first time ever! Master over 16 playable characters including Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, Black Knight, The Enchantress, and all of the Knights of the Order of No Quarter!
• Compete in one-on-one duels and frantic 4 player free-for-alls against local challengers in modes like Gem Clash, Showdown, and more!
• Join your friends in cooperative team battles against AI opponents (or each other), and create your dream duos from the sprawling cast of characters!
• Battle through Story Mode, a multistage journey customized for each character! Your chosen hero will face a rival, defeat scores of opponents, relax with a minigame or two, and hopefully see their tale completed after an all-new final encounter!
• Explore myriad stages inspired by famous characters and locales in Shovel Knight, as well as a plethora of all-new locations.
• Prepare and perfect your moves in practice mode, play to your heart’s content with tons of battle customization options, and hone your skills with treacherous feats and the chaotic Target mode.
• New songs complement an award-winning soundtrack composed by Jake “Virt” Kaufman.

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Riverbond (Playable Character) 

 

Release Date: December 10, 2019 (Worldwide)

Players: up to 4 players

Genre: Action, Adventure, Application, Party

Game File Size: 562 MB

 

Embark on a heroic journey to complete missions, battle adorable enemies, and smash everything into tiny cubes! Will you and your friends be the legendary heroes of Riverbond?

The Knight has imprisoned the leaders of the Eight Worlds, causing chaos, droughts and disarray! Adventure together to defeat evil and help the charming citizens of Riverbond in this action-packed journey through beautiful, hand-crafted worlds. Unlock a variety of weapons, equip new skins, and activate power-ups to hack and slash your way to glory!

Classic Single Player or Chaotic Couch Co-op! – Whether in single player or taking it up a notch in chaotic couch co-op, you can play this epic adventure your way. With drop-in, drop-out couch co-op, everyone wins together!

Cubic Combat and Awesome Voxel Destruction – With a selection of fast and responsive weapons, wreaking havoc on everything is always satisfying. Topple massive towers with a swoosh of your sword, get trigger happy on mobs of enemies, and explode environments into colourful bursts of voxel goodness!

Cute Characters and Deadly Bosses – Meet charming characters, make unexpected allies, and battle with cute (but deadly!) bosses. Choose from over 50 weapons to suit your play style and triumph over evil. Cue epic adventure music!

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Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope

 

Release Date: April 16, 2020 (EU & NA) 

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer, Multiplayer

Game File Size: 173 MB

 

If you own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you will NOT need to purchase Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope separately. This title is included with all versions of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Shovel Knight is a sweeping, classic action-adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It’s a hot mashup of new and old! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small warrior with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and quest for his lost beloved. He wields a Shovel Blade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!

But, between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost. If you love games with perfect platforming, beautiful art, infectious music, lovable bosses, humor and levity, and real heart… Shovel Knight is for you!

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Indivisble (Playable Character)

 

Release Date: April 28, 2020 (Worldwide) 

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Role-Playing, Adventure

Game File Size: 3.6 GB

 

Indivisible is an action RPG / platformer featuring stunning hand drawn art and animation combined with unique real-time combat mechanics. Immerse yourself in a fantastical world with dozens of playable characters, a rich storytelling experience, gameplay that’s easy to learn but difficult to master, and the trademark razor-sharp quality that Lab Zero Games is known for!

Our story revolves around Ajna, a fearless girl with a rebellious streak. Raised by her father on the outskirts of their rural town, her life is thrown into chaos when her home is attacked, and a mysterious power awakens within her.

The game’s huge fantasy world, characters and aesthetic design are inspired by various cultures and mythologies. Throughout Ajna’s quest she’ll encounter many “Incarnations”: people whom she can absorb and manifest to fight alongside her. There are many Incarnations to recruit, each with their own story and personality. By uniting people from faraway lands, Ajna will learn about herself, the world she inhabits, and most importantly, how to save it.

 

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Azure Striker GUNVOLT: STRIKER PACK

Released: December 14, 2017 (EU & NA) / June 14, 2018 (JP)

Relevance: When using the Shovel Knight amiibo with Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, players can engage in a boss battle against Shovel Knight

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Mutant Mudds Collection

Released: December 14, 2017 (EU & NA)

Relevance: One of the games in the Mutant Mudds Collection is Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, in which Shovel Knight is a playable character

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Yooka-Laylee

Released: December 14, 2017 (EU & NA) / June 14, 2018 (JP)

Relevance: Everyone’s favourite Shovel Knight makes a 3D cameo appearance

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Enter the Gungeon

Released: December 14, 2017 (NA) / December 18, 2017 (EU) / December 21, 2017 (JP)

Relevance: Shovel Knight themed content makes it into Enter the Gungeon in the form of The Knight’s Gun. There’s also the Shield of the Maiden, known as Shield Knight, which is a reference to Shield Knight

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SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition

Releases: December 28, 2017 (EU & NA) / July 12, 2018 (JP)

Relevance: During the “The Monstrous Monarch” cutscene, Shovel Knight’s helmet can be seen amongst a pile of junk

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Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition

Releases: January 31, 2018 (NA & JP) / February 08, 2018 (EU)

Relevance: In Crypt of the Necrodance, one of the shopkeepers, “The Pawnbroker,” sells a number of items refernecing indie titles and among them is Shovel Knight’s helmet.

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Aegis Defenders

Releases: February 08, 2018 (Worldwide)

Relevance: Shovel Knight makes a cameo appearance in the form of an NPC

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Just Shapes & Beats

Releases: May 31, 2018 (NA) / June 07, 2018 (JP) / June 31, 2018 (EU)

Relevance: Just Shapes & Beats had a content update entitled “Just Shovels & Knights,” which adds new levels, including a boss level and features remixes tunes straight from the Shovel Knight soundtrack

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Released: December 07, 2018 (Worldwide)

Relevance: Although not present as a fighter, Shovel Knight makes an appearance as an Assist Trophy, with Shovel Knight spitis available as well

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Katana ZERO

Releases: April 18, 2019 (Worldwide) 

Relevance: Although not necessarily a direct reference, during the Chinatown mission, there are arcade cabinets that have “Shovel Knight,” written on them

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Releases: June 25, 2019 (EU & NA) / October 24, 2019 (JP)

Relevance: Shovel Knight, under the name of “Shovel Armor,” makes an appearance as an enemy, whom drops an armor set that when equipped, allows the player to play as Shovel Armor

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