Shovel Knight 3DS Review


Everyone has some amount of nostalgia for gaming. Your first console, first game you played, first great story telling experience. Those are things you never forget. Shovel Knight plays off of that level of nostalgia and it does so splendiferously.

Shovel Knight is a shout out to the platfomers of the days of yore. It takes its inspiration from the likes of Mega Man, Ducktales, and Ghosts & Goblins, all the while feeling like a completely unique experience. If you were ever a fan of games in this style you'll most likely end up loving your experience with Shovel Knight. Honestly even if you didn't go up on those games and this is your first foray into this style I would be surprised if you didn't find something to enjoy.

I found quite a lot to love about Shovel Knight as I played through it. The music was fantastic. It had all the goodness of an 8 bit soundtrack. There are many songs on this game that I could have on a play list of video game music that I would listen to over and over again.


The graphics in Shovel Knight exactly what they are supposed to be. Nostalgic. The game looks just like an 8 bit NES game, only with more polish on every pixel, and more detail in each sprite. If you take the time to look at your surroundings you can just see how much time they put into each level, each NPC and each enemy. Each of the members of the Order of No Quarter have their own look that is just on point for each of their levels (Ala Mega Man). My personal favorite was probably Tinker Knight. Not to mention the overhead map. One of my first gaming experiences was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES with my mom. All these years later I still love that style open world map when its presented in a platformer, and Shovel Knight's doesn't disappoint and looks fantastic.

The story, the simple, is very well articulated. With little story telling you know exactly why you are doing what you are doing. The game has that sense of self awareness that keeps it feeling lively as you continue to play through. I also found it enjoyable to hear the different comments from each of the villagers as you went in to the different towns. Each level is very unique in style with its own set of challenges and hidden areas to explore. I looked forward to going to the new level just to see the level design and the challenges of that level.

Shovel Knight may not be the longest of games, but if you're a completion-ist you will find a lot to do. There are hidden music sheets and other items to find. You will find yourself trying to do the best you can on each level to finish with as much money as you can to be able to unlock more gear or other upgrades. Oh and one of the things in the game I found to be a cool addition was the ability to destroy your checkpoint for an extra dose of cash. A risky move? Sure. But if you want an extra challenge it can add a nice twist to the level you are on.

If you are a fan of old school gaming at it's finest Shovel Knight is easily a game you should dig in to. It has plenty to offer with its main campaign, the option of New Game + and some super tough challenges once you finish the game. Honestly, even if you didn't grow up playing games from the NES, Genesis and SNES era it's a game that you could still easily find much to enjoy in due to its easily accessible yet hard to master style. Shovel Knight is the kind of game that shows just how much talent is in the Indie studios these days and is definitely worth a play.


From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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