Shovel Knight: Software updates (latest update: Ver. 3.2)

Shovel Knight

In this post, you will find all there is to know about the Software updates for Shovel Knight, including the expansions (Specter of Torment, Plague of Shadows, etc.). The base version was originally released on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on June 26, 2014 in North America, November 5, 2014 in Europe, and June 30, 2016 in Japan. The Nintendo Switch version was released on March 3rd, 2017 in Europe and North America.

NB: this page was created on March 31st 2017, and so, we’re only listing updates from Ver. 3.0 onwards.

How to update Shovel Knight?

To update Shovel Knight on Nintendo Switch, you have several options:

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu: you should get prompt when doing so. Just follow the instructions on screen to download and install the update;
  • select Shovel Knight, and then press + or – to bring the Options Menu. After that, select Software update, and Vita the Internet.

To update Shovel Knight on Wii U, you have two options:

  • let the Wii U do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated. You should have the latest version installed the next time you launch the game;
  • if not, try to launch the game from the Home Menu (not the Quick Start Menu!): you should get a prompt when doing so. Just follow the instructions on screen.

To update Shovel Knight on Nintendo 3DS (digital version), you have four options:

  • launch Shovel Knight from the Home Menu of the Nintendo 3DS, while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: just follow the instructions on the screen;
  • search for Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on the Nintendo eShop, select the game (not the stand-alone update!), and then click on the Update button at the bottom of the page;
  • find Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove in the list of previously downloaded games, tap it to go to the game page, and then click on the Update button at the bottom of the page;
  • use the option in the Nintendo eShop Settings.

To update Shovel Knight on Nintendo 3DS (retail version), you have three options:

  • launch Shovel Knight from the Home Menu of the Nintendo 3DS, while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: just follow the instructions on the screen;
  • search for Shovel Knight on the Nintendo eShop, and select the stand-alone update;
  • use the option in the Nintendo eShop Settings.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply launch the game: the version number is displayed at the bottom of the Options screen). On Nintendo Switch, you can head to System Settings > Data Management > Software > select Shovel Knight. You should see the version number just below the game title.

Latest updates:

  • Nintendo Switch: Ver. 3.1A
  • Nintendo 3DS: Ver. 3.2 (North America) / Ver. 3.2 (Europe)
  • Wii U: Ver. 3.0A

Shovel Knight – Ver. 3.2

  • Release date: ???
  • File size: 581 blocks / 72MB
  • Patchnotes:
  • New: Japanese language options added (Kanji and Kana).
  • Fix: (Shovel) Crash would occur when changing a single Body Swap setting for a boss, failing at that boss, and then revisiting the encounter.
  • Fix: (Shovel) Respawn point drifting farther back during many repeated deaths at the Hall of Champions boss.
  • Fix: (Plague) Failing to defeat Black Knight on the world map could sometimes lead to multiple encounters occupying the same space.
  • Fix: (Specter) Specter Knight losing active attack frames when releasing a charged slash at the very end of a rail.
  • Fix: (3DS) Crash would occur when changing costumes or using Bomb Burst while playing as Custom Knight or within amiibo Challenges.
  • Fix: (3DS) Crash could sometimes occur when selecting certain items as Plague Knight using the touch screen while playing in French, Italian, or German.
  • Fix: (Xbox) Crash would occur when completing the Turbo Tunnel mini-game in co-op.
  • Fix: (Xbox) Crash would occur when completing the Turbo Tunnel in Challenge Mode.
  • Fix: (PC): Lock up ould occur if the game window immediately lost focus on boot with certain option settings.
  • Various text fixes for Body Swap mode.
  • Various localization and text improvements.

Shovel Knight – Ver. 3.1A

  • Release date: ???
  • Patchnotes:
  • Fix: (Switch) Game starting in English when Switch system language is set to Japanese.
  • Fix: (Switch) Crash that could occur when scanning amiibo frequently throughout long play sessions.
  • Fix: Random armor cheat sometimes resulting in an unusable armor set.
  • Fix: Bugs in certain lines of dialogue while playing and changing settings in Body Swap mode.

Shovel Knight – Ver. 3.1

  • Release date: ???
  • Patchnotes:
  • Various localization and text improvements.
  • Fix: Crash when changing Body Swap settings for only a single Boss, while fighting that Boss, falling in battle, and then retrying the encounter.
  • Fix: Minor text error when changing game’s language under certain Body Swap conditions while on the Level Map.
  • Fix (Specter): Starting Black Knight, Phantom Striker, or Treasure Knight with Skeleton Sniper or active lantern flames causing erroneous behavior.
  • Fix: (Specter): Luan jumps prioritized better when backtracking through a room.
  • Change(Specter): Adjusted visibility of certain background tiles found in Tower and Flying Machine stages.
  • Fix: (Plague): Shadow blocks being destroyed by having an orbit bomb active during the penultimate boss battle.

Shovel Knight – Ver. 3.0A

  • Release date: March 29th (Nintendo Switch, Europe / North America) / April 5th (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Japan) / April 21st (Wii U, North America), April 25th (Nintendo 3DS, North America), May 11th (Wii U, Europe), June 1st (Nintendo 3DS, Europe)
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
  • File size: ???MB (Nintendo Switch) / ???MB (Wii U) / ??? blocks – ??? MB (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Patchnotes:
  • Fix: Specter of Torment: Crash when defeating the final boss with a German language setting.
  • Fix: Specter of Torment: Fixed a bug that allowed Specter Knight to Judgment Rush to unintended locations during certain scenes.
  • Fix: Specter of Torment: Horace sometimes rewarding the wrong gold amount when reaching the tower’s top.
  • Fix: Support for Player 2’s controller within calibrate screen prompts.
  • Fix: Delete All now resets screen scale and brightness settings.
  • Fix: Shovel of Hope: Various bug fixes for co-op.
  • Fix: Specter of Torment: Broken camera transition when falling into a certain death pit within “event 2”.
  • Various localization and text improvements.
  • Change (Shovel/Plague): The wandering encounter Reize will no longer cross over into the second tier of stages if the game time is below 25 minutes…

Switch

  • Now outputs at a 1080p resolution while playing in docked mode!
  • Screen Scale video option is only applied and available while playing in docked mode.
  • Screen Scale menu now appears for the first time that the game is started while in TV mode.

Note: If your TV is not displaying the game’s full image we recommend adjusting your TV Settings from the System Settings menu — this way you’re set for all games in the future! Learn how to do so here.

  • Fix: Screen Scale / Brightness options not saving.
  • Notes: the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version get this update, which includes all the changes from Ver. 3.0
  • Official website: click here!

Shovel Knight – Ver. 3.0 (Specter of Torment)

  • Release date: March 3rd (Nintendo Switch, Europe / North America)
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • File size: ???MB (Nintendo Switch)
  • Patchnotes:
  • New: Specter of Torment is now available! Enjoy an entirely new prequel adventure starring the shadowy scythe spinner himself!
  • New: Specter of Torment Challenges! Clear the game as Specter Knight to unlock.
  • New: Sound Test is now available! Sound Test will be unlocked for each campaign after they have been cleared.
  • New: The original Shovel Knight campaign is now referred to as Shovel of Hope.
  • New: Body Swap Mode is now available in Shovel of Hope!
  • New: Co-op is now available in Shovel of Hope on all platforms with the exception of portables such as 3DS and Vita.
  • New: Shovel Knight is now known as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove!
  • New: Five additional Plague of Shadows challenges have been added. Hit the books and brush up on your alchemical knowledge.
  • Fix: Challenge clear being interrupted by goo bounce in certain challenge states
  • “Saving” prompt has been reduced in size.
  • New cheats have been added.
  • Additional controller support.
  • Various bugfixes across the game.
  • Various localization and text improvements.
  • Various changes across the game for displaying Treasure Trove, Specter of Torment, and Shovel of Hope.

Wii U/3DS/Switch

  • Meet Madam Meeber! She can be found around the Village (Shovel Knight), Potionarium (Plague Knight), and even the Tower of Fate (Specter Knight).
  • Custom Knight: Body Swap is now available as an option in Edit Appearance.
  • Fix: Custom Knight: Infinidagger remaining active during certain cutscenes. No matter how hilarious the result happened to be.
  • Fix: Plague Knight Inventory now matches on top and bottom screen when selecting bombs
  • Fix: Improvements so that the previous map state information is not lost when re-loading the map as Custom Knight
  • Fix: Co-op 2 Player Tally screen text better aligned
  • Fix: amiibo Prompt text fixes
  • Fix: Custom Knight level up memory leak fix
  • Fix: Custom Knight item warning only appears if Custom knight active (ie won’t display when playing as a clone)

Wii U

  • New: New Miiverse avatars from Specter of Torment are now selectable.
  • Fix: Player 2 can now go into the options menu and bind his own, unsaved, bindings. Player 2’s controller will always start with default controller bindings, instead of inheriting Player 1’s.
  • Fix: Various menu binding fixes
  • Fix: Multiplayer flip door fixes
  • Fix: Clearing flicker states while being pulled through a flip door in co-op.
  • Fix: Inventory menu shows proper tab switch button if Player 2 has different bindings than Player 1
  • Fix: Using the gamepad as Player 2 in co-op playing a repeating sound effect when selecting a blank relic slot.

3DS

  • Fix: Stereoscopic issue with walking into tower as Shovel Knight.
  • Fix: Streetpass Arena armor for 2nd player now shows original armor colors.
  • Fix: Streetpass relic button now works properly in recordings/viewings.
  • Notes: the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions get Ver. 3.0A (see above for more details)
  • Official website: click here!

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