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Posted by BcBarker

Looks cool

Posted by keeblerdrow

Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.

Posted by suicidepacmen

Nah, as quality as this looks I'm too burnt out on retro platformers at this point.

Posted by LoktarOgar

I'm less convinced every time I see it.

Posted by GunstarRed

I'd LOVE to redeem my code this week after backing the game, but after an update email I discovered that living in Europe probably doesn't allow me to. Which is kinda bullshit.

Edited by Scotto

So another pixelated platformer, that pays homage to Castlevania, except the twist this time, is that you're a knight with a shovel instead of a sword?

This game doesn't seem bad on any level, but I'm just kind of getting burned out on this niche.

Also, love ya Scoops, but there's nothing "bananas" about this trailer. It's a bunch of gameplay clips set to some metal music.

Or maybe I'm just really tired, and it's making me a bit grouchy.

Posted by weegieanawrench

I am very much looking forward to Thursday.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Just not seeing it. Another retro platformer? Eh.

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Posted by Veektarius

Does it actually have a power metal soundtrack?

Posted by Humanity

Just not seeing it. Another retro platformer? Eh.

And here they didn't even add an original "modern" touch of their own - it's painfully retro right down to plain black backgrounds. I mean seriously, in that trailer alone there is an overabundance of just black backgrounds.

With todays technology they can do so much more with this type of art style yet they choose to hold back and make it as plain as possible. Personally I think making the game as much 8 bit as possible is missing the point. You want to evoke a retro look, but do something new, not repeat what was done 20 years ago on modern hardware - that isn't something that should be applauded.

Posted by Frobitz

I might be interested if this is doing anything original or innovative with the increasingly tired formula of 8-bit + name check Castlevania and other classics, but they're really not giving the impression there's much there based on this trailer.

Really feeling this fad needs to end or step up its ambitions.

Posted by thesteve19

I'm excited to go through it.

Every game doesn't have to be built on new ideas. Sometimes games are great for synthesizing a set of established ones (a la Darksiders).

Posted by SJSchmidt93

This game is more Mega Man than Castlevania, I think.

Also, I'm so fucking stoked.

Edited by pyrodactyl

@humanity said:

@sparky_buzzsaw said:

Just not seeing it. Another retro platformer? Eh.

And here they didn't even add an original "modern" touch of their own - it's painfully retro right down to plain black backgrounds. I mean seriously, in that trailer alone there is an overabundance of just black backgrounds.

With todays technology they can do so much more with this type of art style yet they choose to hold back and make it as plain as possible. Personally I think making the game as much 8 bit as possible is missing the point. You want to evoke a retro look, but do something new, not repeat what was done 20 years ago on modern hardware - that isn't something that should be applauded.

This nowhere near 8 bit visuals. Go look at some NES games and come back. They did a ton with background and ennemy design so I don't know where this rant is coming from.

Posted by Stimpack

Brad, Brad, Brad, Brad, Brad.

Edited by verysexypotato

Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.

Thank you...

Posted by redefaulted

Looks like my kind of bonkers, so I can't wait to play it. I wish developers would stop with this aesthetic, though. Not saying its bad, but its so saturated, and its hard to find it pretty/creative when its in an abundant sea of the same sea.

That's beside the point though! Also, that kind of music better be represented in the game.

Posted by ADAMWD

Looks fun, now to decide on 3DS or the Wii U version.

Posted by Deathpooky

Bunch of jaded people in here. This doesn't look "retro" or stylized pixel art, it actually looks like a NES game. And the gameplay looks interesting - like a weird combination of Ducktales with advanced movement techniques and items. Can't wait to get it.

Posted by Dalai

I might be a bit burned out on retro platformers, but this game hits all the right spots. I'm definitely buying this.

Edited by audioBusting

Looks hella NES, I dig it. I wonder why the music isn't though. Either way, I'll probably buy this game for the soundtrack.

Posted by Rustafur

PLEASE tell me this is going to be another Brad series on the site. It just has to be.

Posted by Scotto

Bunch of jaded people in here. This doesn't look "retro" or stylized pixel art, it actually looks like a NES game. And the gameplay looks interesting - like a weird combination of Ducktales with advanced movement techniques and items. Can't wait to get it.

How is it looking like a NES game not "retro"? Unless it actually is a NES game, I'm pretty sure that's the definition of a "retro" game - something intentionally designed to hearken back to an older generation, not because of hardware limitations.

Doesn't mean it's bad, but it is what it is.

Posted by Abendlaender

The music really doesn't fit here. Game looks interesting though I wish it would look a bit more interesting. Simulating the NES look just doesn't interest me that much anymore, too many games have done that

Edited by Humanity

@pyrodactyl: It's not really a rant just my disappointment in it.

Also it's not exactly 8bit per-se but close enough. IF you must I will refer to it as "retro" platformer instead of "8 bit" platformer - and I'm simply saying that they could do so much more than replicate something that existed a long time ago. Like Fez - I don't think it's the greatest game in the world, but at least he took that retro style and did something with it.

Posted by Fonzinator

I don't know what it is, but something in this trailer hit me hard. I think I have to play this game.

Posted by csl316

Looking forward to it. Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is my gold standard for throwback action-platformers (really, that game's also the real deal). It reminded me what sort of heights these games can achieve. Hopefully Shovel Knight can hit those highs, too.

Posted by golguin

I've heard very good things about this game. The biggest thing is that it's basically Dark Souls.

Posted by Twisted

Wow, hadn't heard anything about this since last year's E3, all of a sudden it's coming out this week.

Looks great!

Posted by Hassun

Eagerly awaiting my product key.

Edited by pinner458

Looks like Volgaar the Viking meets Rogue Legacy meets Mega Man meets Dark Souls meets Zelda ll ?

Posted by petethepanda

I had initially been regretting backing for a 3DS copy but the Streetpass battles seem pretty cool.

Posted by DrZing

@Veektarius: I sure hope so, epic power metal soundtracks are exactly what this genre needs! :)

Edited by Efesell

This seems well made but I'm just rapidly reaching the limit on my excitement for new games that are trying to be old games.

Posted by fuzzybunny566

I've been waiting for Shovel Knight ever since I first played it at PAX East 2013. I still love the 8-bit style of games and would rather play something that looks like it (or a legit NES/Master System game) than a lot of today's modern games.

Edited by CitizenJP

My shovel is ready.

Posted by MrSlapHappy

Man, that was either clips of a Let's Play edited together by someone who really cares or this game has a lot going on in it.

Posted by ShadzKing

Darkest of shovels

Posted by Phoenix87

Must have

Posted by EsDeib

Looks very weird to see so much negativity around a game that's been looking like pretty much the best thing ever for a year or so. Yeah, it has a retro look and it's a platformer, but even if you're not particularly into that (I'm not out seeking retro games at all) the game looks fantastic. I for one am very excited.

I'm still not set on the Wii U vs. 3DS thing, though. Guess I'll do the Wii U version, and depending on how I like that, I'll either grab it again or not.

Posted by AngriGhandi

I've somehow avoided seeing anything about this until now, but it looks pretty great.

Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray

The anchor on the fishing line really sold me.

I'm kind of surprised at the fatigue with retro-styled games in these comments. Assuming that each game stands on it's own, this looks like a bunch of dumb fun. Cool levels, silly ideas, diverse bosses. What else do you want? It ain't 2015 yet.

Oh, and;

"Dark Shovels", why am I the first to say this? I'm disappointed in the lot of you.

Posted by Zornack

I just can't decide which platform to get it on. At this point I'm leaning towards 3DS over Wii U just because of the 3D but I'm not sure yet.

Posted by cmblasko

Bunch of Negative Nancies in these comments.

I need a new portable game to play so I will most likely buy this for 3DS sometime soon.

Posted by Cybexx

So many references! And not just game references, I am pretty sure that was the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on that world map.

Posted by MocBucket62

So do you fight Triple H with his golden shovel?

But in all seriousness, this looks really cool!

Posted by KJAZZ

I'm not gonna buy it.

Already Kickstarted it. :D

Posted by MrCode

That's got "Breaking Brad" written all over it.

Posted by marchismo

@keeblerdrow said:

Lucille, God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.

Thank you...

For me this is the first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear about this game.

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