Shovel Knight Treasure Trove

As anyone who has read my articles before will know, I play a LOT of Pokemon. But, I do dabble in platformers as well. My Wii U shelf is filled with Yoshi’s Wooly World, Mario Maker and Super Mario Bros. U and my 3DS is full of Boxboy, classic Mario, and the amazing Shovel Knight. The latter recently received a huge update to formally transform it into Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. A very fitting name, as I’m sure you’ll agree. So what’s new?

First, a new “Body Swap” function has been added to the main story, Shovel of Hope, which allows you to change the genders of Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, The Enchantress and the Order of No Quarter. And while it is fun to play as a female shovel knight fighting a braided, Viking opera singer-esque Polar Knight, there is another new playable character…

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Shovel Knight: Spectre of Torment has arrived! We finally get to play as Spectre Knight, the grim reaper in a mask. It’s almost as if they held a Yacht Club meeting and said “How can we make this game even better.” and came up with all the right answers. Flashback mini levels to show Spectre Knight’s (surprisingly deep) origin, a more acrobatic play style and even a more interesting relic merchant (Red the Skeleton, searching for his lost love Scarlet).

Spectre Knight

 

And amiibos are getting a new function! In the hub of all three campaigns, the winged fairy Madam Meebers will transform a Shovel Knight amiibo into the “Fairy of Shovelry”, who acts as a tiny, adorable, metal detector. Sadly, as he can’t actually collect gold, it’s not really worth the Ebay trawl to find one.

Madame Meeber

 

And finally, the Decadent Dandy King Knight is getting a campaign. We don’t have a release date more accurate than “2017”, but we do have a GIF featuring gameplay:

King Knight GIF

 

On top of this, we’re also getting a four-player battle mode!