Liam Robertson, a researcher known under the name "Tamaki" for uncovering information on cancelled games, joined our latest episode of the Nintendo Week Podcast to discuss some of the many discoveries he's made in his time investigating Nintendo. One of the subjects that came up was the rumor he broke a few months ago that Shovel Knight is joining Super Smash Bros. as a DLC fighter, and while he couldn't say whether he personally knows whether it's true, he did explain part of the reason he believes it's more likely than not.

Based on information that he's heard from sources within Nintendo and other prominent companies in the industry, he speculates that Nintendo's Japanese headquarters is really quite fond of Shovel Knight. As he explains:

I think one of the reasons I can hold onto the Shovel Knight rumor is because it is evident that NCL does like Shovel Knight quite a lot. They pursued Yacht Club Games and said to them, 'we want you to be the first third-party to independently produce an Amiibo.'

Colin: Did NCL approach them and say that? That was not Yacht Club's decision?

No, [Nintendo] came after them, I believe.

I later contacted Robertson for clarification, and he said he's heard from a source within Nintendo that Nintendo did not directly propose the Amiibo, but rather they invited Yacht Club Games to propose ways to make Shovel Knight's Wii U and 3DS versions stand out from Sony and Microsoft's. One of many ideas Yacht Club proposed was a Shovel Knight Amiibo, and while Nintendo rejected a few of their early pitches for the product, they eventually settled on game features and a figurine that made everyone happy.

You can find his full thoughts from our discussion in the video above.

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