How well has Shovel Knight done? Has its multiplatform releases helped its sales?
When Shovel Knight first released, it was done as a Kickstarter, and was made as a tribute to the classic 8-bit games that helped define the industry. Fast forward a few years and the character and title are household names in many ways, including appearing in other titles, being featured in an episode of Death Battle, and even crossing over into other titles like Yooka-Laylee and possibly the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Switch.
Now though, developer Yacht Club Games has revealed on their site that Shovel Knight has officially crossed 2 million copies sold since its debut:
“We all did it! We’ve now sold 2 million copies of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Whoah! We’re starting to think people might be enjoying this thing…. nuts! Just 18 months after its original debut, Shovel Knight surpassed one million copies sold total. Since then, the road to 2 million has been arduous but at the very end of February, an extensive 26 months later, we reached a colossal milestone! Thank you everyone for your unbelievable support! It is so inspiring that people still pick up, play, and fall in love with Shovel Knight for the first time every day.”
Interestingly enough, the Switch version of Shovel Knight, which arrived with the launch of the console pretty much, has sold 370,000 copies, and is not only third in sales lifetime, but is the fast-selling of the bunch.