Xbox One owners just got a pleasant surprise today. Yacht Club Games' retro platformer Shovel Knight has been released, just a week after the PlayStation version's arrival.
Major Nelson confirmed the news earlier today. For those unfamiliar with the game, Shovel Knight sees the title character venture across a retro world, defending the kingdom from the villainous Order of No Quarter and seeking out his lost partner, Shield Knight. The game received critical acclaim and even scored a spot on Shacknews' 2014 Game of the Year list.
Xbox One owners are also getting a bonus in the form of the long-dormant Battletoads, who are making cameos as wandering encounters. (EDIT: Not entirely true. There's a YouTube video that shows just how to unlock the battle. Spoilers contained within. Credit to Destructoid for finding this.) Check out their all-too-brief tease in the video below.
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I've played this again recently and it's not as good as I remember. It's not "bad" by any stretch, but I kind of feel like Axiom Verge has ruined retro platformers for me; nothing comes close.