‘Shovel Knight’ is a long-lost NES classic without the cartridge

Shovel Knight feels the way you remember the classics on NES.

It has slick pixel-art visuals and a soundtrack ripped straight out of a Mega Man game, with 2D gameplay reminiscent of Capcom’s DuckTales. It’s a combination of platforming, combat, and devilishly tricky level design that will make you want to throw your controller against a wall — but in a good way. It’s the kind of experience that influenced an entire generation of gamers, and despite being released a few decades after the heyday…

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