When the creators of Shovel Knight found their beloved character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they screamed their faces off.
There are a few ways to tell if you’ve truly made it in the games industry. Winning a big award at The Game Awards is one of them. Being paid millions of dollars from a game that’s sold on every system in existence is another.
And being featured as a character in Super Smash Bros. is a third. Shovel Knight has done all three.
The legend of Shovel Knight first began way back in 2014. As an indie platformer, Shovel Knight stood head and shoulders above the rest thanks to an incredibly polished look and a pretty compelling hook--or should we say, shovel?
When it released, the game was an instant indie hit. Shovel Knight took home top indie honors at the 2014 Game Awards and would go on to spread to every system that could possibly play it, including PlayStation 3 and even Amazon Fire TV. By 2018, Shovel Knight had sold over 2 million copies.
The game did particularly well on Nintendo systems, which might be why The Big N decided to honor developers Yacht Club Games by including Shovel Knight in the latest edition of Super Smash Bros.
It's challenging to put our feelings into words here, but we'll do our best... We are beyond excited to share that Shovel Knight is debuting as an Assist Trophy in Super #SmashBrosUltimate— Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) August 8, 2018
We hope Shovel Knight can dig in and help out in your next battle! For Shovelry! pic.twitter.com/OTGaYzPZ66
Shovel Knight isn’t a playable character, however--he’s an assist trophy, which is basically like a Pokéball where other game characters that didn’t make the cut for the main cast get to make cameos. Assist Trophies include such notables as Knuckles, Nintendog, the Pac Man ghosts, Guile, Gray Fox, and the much beloved Waluigi.
There are 59 Assist Trophies, so the odds of getting any particular character when you crack one open aren’t all that great. But of course, Yacht Club does it in the first half-hour of streaming their company-wide Smash Bros. game.
The boys over at Yacht Club were quite pleased with how Shovel Knight made his appearance, screaming their approval and even allowing Shovel Knight to essentially win the game for the Samus player.
But can you blame them? Shovel Knight is their baby, after all.