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Nintendo gives Shovel Knight the first indie Amiibo

Shovel Knight is one of the best indie games available for Nintendo systems, with beautifully observed reverence for NES-era design. And it looks like Nintendo has noticed, because Yacht Club Games is now the first indie developer to have been bestowed with its own Amiibo.

The NFC-powered figurine will let players customize and level up Shovel Knight in Shovel Knight on the Wii U and 3DS, as well as any future Shovel Knight games — none have been announced just yet, but it sounds like they're on the way. Before the next full game, though, there's free DLC coming next month that'll let you take control of enemy Plague Knight.

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