Yacht Club Games has revealed the release date for the Shovel Knight amiibo. The NFC figure, which is the third being made by a third party for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, will help people dig themselves out of trouble in Europe starting December 11. North America will have to wait a month more, as he’ll be released here on January 8.
An explanation for the staggered release dates was offered by Yacht Club Games. The developer wanted to ensure enough Shovel Knight amiibo would be available to satisfy demand. It would have been possible to release him before Christmas, but it would have been a smaller amount than they would have liked. So there was a slight delay to make sure there would be plenty.
The amiibo unlocks additional modes, customization options, and bonuses in both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Shovel Knight. In both games, you can level him up to 50, change his appearance, get new relics for additional abilities, and go through more Challenge stages. The Nintendo Wii U version also adds cooperative multiplayer to the formerly single player campaign and coop Challenge stages.
Yacht Club Games confirmed that there won’t be a limited run of Shovel Knight amiibo. The figure will cost $12.99, €14.99, or £10.99, depending on region.