Let’s talk with: Yacht Club Games

Now that Shovel Knight got released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we asked some questions to Yacht Club Games’s David D’Angelo.

What are the plans for the future, will Shovel Knight be in Smash and more… Find out in our exclusive interview.

This interview is part of Shovel Knight coverage. Wondering if the game is any good? Find out in our review here.

Time to start the interview:

How and when did you know you wanted to create a classic 2D game in a time of full HD and 60FPS games?

We began the game in January 2013, but we wanted to create a game like Shovel Knight for a long time. It’s always been a dream of most of the team to create a new franchise in the same spirit as those on the NES.


Did you expect the success of Shovel Knight? It’s a great game for sure but did you expect the way the Internet responded to your game?

No way! It’s been a total shock how well Shovel Knight has done, and how much adoration it has receive. We couldn’t be happier with the response, and we’re very humbled by the love everyone has shown us.

How was it like to include famous characters such as Kratos and Battletoads?

It was a ton of fun! Our roots are in making licensed video games, so it felt like old times re-imagining wonderful IPs in a new setting. Bringing Kratos and Battletoads into Shovel Knight’s world was really a joy. Figuring out what kind of dialogue, gameplay, situations, story, etc that would fit and felt natural is what we like doing best!


Do you have a personal favorite? Kratos or Battletoads?

Oh I can’t choose! I love the crazy rage of Kratos, and the goofy, fun spirit of the Battletoads.

If Nintendo would ask you to make some 3DS/Wii U exclusive boss stage, what would it be?

Who knows?! It’d be amazing to work with a Nintendo IP. They have so many great ones to choose from. I usually go for the weirdos, so Tingle would be right up my alley.

A lot of fans want Shovel Knight as a new character in Smash Bros. Would you like to see this happen? Do you have any suggestions for attacks or a Final Smash?

Absolutely, Shovel Knight in smash would be incredible! We play Smash Bros. pretty much every day, and to see our character as part of the roster would be an amazing honor! Lots of our fans have come up with really great descriptions for attacks and final smashes, I’d suggest checking them out!


What are the plans for the future? Will we see more of Shovel Knight or maybe even new games?

A lot more Shovel Knight is coming for sure! Right now we’re working on DLC updates for the game including 3 playable boss campaigns, challenge mode, body swap mode, and a 4 player battle mode featuring all the knights. It’s going to be a big year for the Blue Burrower!

If you could change one thing in the Shovel Knight game, what would it be?

I think I’d add like 10 more Troupple King dances. Dancing is sorta his thing…


Tingle in a Wii U/DS Shovel Knight? Count us in!

Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.