Upcoming Amiibo and Amiibo Support (Nintendo Direct 1.14.15)
It’s not really too surprising that Amiibo are doing so well. Recent reports have shown that Amiibo have sold over 2.5 million figures in North America alone. Currently, their usefulness is a tad limited, with their biggest implementation being Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Also, as always seems to be the case with Nintendo at retail, Amiibo are in short supply due to lack of stock and scalping. I’m still not sure if I’ll even get any more besides Samus, but that won’t stop Nintendo from trying them in some new games.
First off, another small wave of Smash Amiibo will be coming this spring after Wave 3 hits. This wave will contain Robin (male), Lucina, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, and Charizard. In addition, a new Super Mario Amiibo series will launch with Mario Party 10 on March 20th in North America. This series will contain Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad. Rosalina & Luma, Wario and DK will also be compatible with the game. Unlike the Smash Amiibos, these Amiibo appear to have better designed poses, eliminating the need for those frankly ugly supports that some of them have.
Amiibo in Mario Party 10 will unlock a game mode called Amiibo Party, which appears to play more like the traditional Mario Party design. Mario Party 10 will support both versions of Amiibo, so you don’t need to repurchase if you already have the Smash versions. However, due to storage limitations in the Amiibo, you will need to delete your Smash data to make room for Mario Party 10’s. Since there is no way to backup your Amiibo data right now (which sucks), say bye-bye if you want to use it in Mario Party 10.
There are also other games getting Amiibo support that were announced as well. On the Wii U side, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will make use of the Toad Amiibo, but really just for another hidden treasure to find. Considering the theme, I can’t really blame it for that. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will use the Kirby family of Amiibo as various powerups. Kirby allows you to Star Dash at any time, Meta Knight gives you higher attack power, and King Dedede gives you more health.
Now that the New 3DS has a NFC sensor, it makes sense that some upcoming 3DS games will have Amiibo support. The first obvious one is Smash 3DS, which will function in the same way that the Wii U version currently does. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + will give you unlockable skins for your planes based on each character.
Personally, the biggest implementation for 3DS Amiibo will be in Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Using any of the four Fire Emblem Amiibo (Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina) will unlock them as playable characters in the game. It’s rather interesting, and it makes sense since Intelligent Systems is the team behind Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Their limits are unclear at this point, so we’ll have to see later.
This new Amiibo info is a bit dense, but it’s nice to see that Nintendo is putting some effort into support on the software side. If only they would put that same effort into supplying the actual Amiibo figures so people can buy the ones that want, but that’s a topic for another day.
Well, that wraps it up for the announcements that I wanted to cover in this Direct, so hopefully there isn’t anything else like this newswise for little while, rIght?