Shovel Knight Amiibo Unveiled

The Shovel Knight figure works with Yacht Club's game, rather than any of Nintendo's.

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Update: Nintendo has officially announced the Shovel Knight Amiibo. Players can level up the Amiibo and customize its appearance. Players can also use the Amiibo figurine to unlock new challenge stages, which a brand new co-op mode. Nintendo has also confirmed that all future Shovel Knight content on the Wii U will support the Shovel Knight Figure.

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Shovel Knight, the eponymous lead character of action-platformer Shovel Knight, is getting his own Amiibo later this year, according to a tweet from a UK retailer. This marks the first time a third-party game has gotten its own Amiibo.

The Twitter account for Game's Brighton store sent out a tweet revealing the figure and a release date: It'll be out on November 27, at least in Europe.

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According to the image accompanying the tweet (which has since been deleted, but was captured by Siliconera), the figure unlocks "exclusive content" in Shovel Knight on Wii U and 3DS. It'll also "work with Nintendo products that Yacht Club Games creates in the future." Neither this nor the Shovel Knight functionality was detailed.

While there are some Amiibo featuring third-party characters, such as Pac-Man, Mega Man, and Street Fighter's Ryu, those were all designed for Nintendo games (namely, Super Smash Bros.). Shovel Knight is the first Amiibo to be created for a third-party game.

Having been a success as a digital game, Shovel Knight is also getting a physical release later this year. That includes versions for both Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, and PS4, all of which will include the (free) upcoming Plague Knight expansion.

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