WayForward splinter group Yacht Club Games has launched a Kickstarter project for Shovel Knight, a retro-styled, side-scrolling ode to 8-bit classics like Mega Man and Castlevania.

The versatility of the hero's weapon instantly brings to mind Capcom's NES classic DuckTales -- the titular Knight can use his ShovelBlade to strike enemies, deflect incoming attacks, and pogo off of terrain, ala Scrooge McDuck. The game also boasts a soundtrack by Double Dragon Neon composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman, which you can sample at Yacht Club's Kickstarter page.

Shovel Knight is set to be released for Windows in September. Backers who pledge $10 or more will receive a digital copy of the game upon completion.

Update: Yacht Club Games announced today that downloadable Wii U and 3DS versions of Shovel Knight will also be produced if the project meets its funding goal. Pledge $15 or more and you'll have the option of receiving download codes for Nintendo's systems after the campaign ends.