Shovelry is indeed not dead.
The developers of Shovel Knight had been teasing a big announcement for a week or so, now, and man, did they come through- today, it was announced by leading UK retailer GAME that Shovel Knight would be getting his very own Amiibo. The Amiibo marks the first third party character to get its own entry in Nintendo’s line of NFC powered toys, outside of those who were present in the roster of Super Smash Bros.
The Shovel Knight Amiibo will be compatible with Shovel Knight, and presumably unlock extra content in the game; it is also said to be compatible with all future Yatch Club games, which at the very least ensures that future Yatch Club games will continue to get Nintendo versions.
The Shovel Knight Amiibo will be available in stores on November 27, although you can pre-order it in stores tomorrow. Considering just how much the craze for Amiibos seems to be, it’s probably for the best for you to reserve a couple for yourself before they are all gone.