Shovel Knight Sells 160,000 in First Month

Shovel Knight has pushed past its developer’ sales predictions and it has PC gamers to thank for it.

That, at least, is the indication of a blog post recently published by the retro-themed platformer’s developers at Yacht Club Games. In the posting the studio revealed that the game in its first week of sales( and subtracting Kickstarter-based presales) sold 75,000 copies. That on its own would be impressive but things got even better as the month progressed and Shovel Knight continued to sell. In total, the game sold 180,000 copies in its first month, tripling the studio’s higher end sales goals (150,000 copies) and leaving the developers in an understandably good mood.

“Not only did we outsell our expectations, but we also it made it to the top of all the charts,” said the blog post. “Overall, were extremely happy with the sales!”

A chart in the blog post further broke down the sales revealing what platforms the game was being purchased on. While the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U both claimed sizable chunks of the chart, PC gamers claimed held the largest majority with 40 percent of the game’s sales occurring via Steam, GOG and the Humble Store. The large number of PC sales fell much in line with the game’s Kickstarter contributors, 64 percent of which were claimed PC-based rewards.

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