Shovel Knight hits 1 million copies sold

Yacht Club celebrates by discounting digital version across all platforms.


Despite airtight controls and platforming bliss, Shovel Knight was never a sure thing. Let's face it, the game launched in 2014 in the midst of a retro revolution. 8- and 16-bit graphics weren't dead; they were everywhere.

Fortunately, good taste won out: Yacht Club Games announced that digital sales of its excellent Shovel Knight have surpassed one million sales. "Thank you everyone for your unending support," the developers wrote in an update. "We couldn’t be happier that Shovel Knight is still loved and played years after its release."

If you haven't experienced the feeling of pogoing off monster heads on a shovel, you're in luck. Yacht Club is selling Shovel Knight at 33 percent off across every platform for which it's available: that's Wii U, 3DS, PS4, PS3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Steam, GOG, Humble Store, and Amazon Fire TV.

Yacht Club went on to dish up sales data, and shared its reasoning behind running a sale now. And yes, it has to do with more than celebrating a major milestone.

"Keeping our game at full price has been a major part of our strategy as we believe players will be more invested in the game and therefore hopefully, enjoy it more if it isn’t bought at a bargain bin price."

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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    April 15, 2016 2:00 PM

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      April 15, 2016 4:34 PM

      Hooray! Great game (plus expansions!) My son loves it even more; thanks to him, we've logged over 50 hours so far. He even dressed up as Plague Knight for Halloween. Looking forward to the Spectre Knight campaign!

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      April 15, 2016 4:46 PM

      Another game that deserves its success! Great news!

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