If you saw Shovel Knight as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this past week and were disappointed because you wanted to play as him instead, indie 2D Smash Bros.-like Rivals of Aether will make your every shovel-related dream come true. Shovel Knight is coming to the game as a playable character.
Shovel Knight has a lot of his items from the game, like the Dust Knuckle or Propeller Knuckle. You can check out a trailer of the blue knight in action below.
This makes the 14th playable appearance of Shovel Knight in another game (and the fourth fighting game of those appearances) of a total 21 appearances, playable or otherwise. Shovel Knight is the Stan Lee of indie video games.
Shovel Knight’s appearance in Rivals of Aether is labeled as “Coming Soon” from the trailer, but the developers have put up a larger blog post detailing how he will play in the meantime. Rivals of Aether is currently available on PC and Xbox One, though there are plans to bring it to other systems in the future with an announced Switch port currently being a priority.
That’s actually fewer appearances than I thought, though now that he is in Smash Bros. Ultimate, I wonder if he’ll just be in AAA games now. Maybe the next God of War should have his armor on the ground and return the crossover from the Kratos boss fight in Shovel Knight.