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Nintendo's Amiibo Toy Project, NFC Details Revealed

by Aaron R. Brown - June 10, 2014, 9:21 am EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo E3 Digital Event

Amiibo will first come to Super Smash Bros., then later to other games.

New details regarding Nintendo's NFC figures, now called "Amiibo," were revealed during the E3 Digital Event.

Super Smash Bros. will be the first game to use these figures, with the initial set of Amiibo releasing alongside Smash Bros. for Wii U. The data transfers both from the figure to the Wii U GamePad and vice versa, allowing the chip data within the figures to change over playtime. This will lead to stat increases, leveling up, and more, allowing it to evolve as a fighter.

Players will be able to fight Amiibo characters, or even have them join the same team. They can even fight each other, and will actually level up faster than if they fight CPUs or real players. On top of all these capabilities, the Amiibo's special moves will be customizable, so players can train and expand their tactical abilities.

Amiibo will be compatible with other games, including Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi's Woolly World, and more. A peripheral for the 3DS will be available next year as well, allowing Amiibo to be used in certain 3DS games. Here is a list of the revealed figures, but even more are in the making.

  • Mario
  • Link
  • Samus
  • Peach
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pikachu
  • Yoshi
  • Kirby
  • Animal Crossing Villager
  • Wii Fit Trainer


AVJune 10, 2014

its nice feature for smash brothers, but I'm sad that no game is shown to specifically use it. It's basically a fancy memory card and totally optional. At the very least during the Treehouse event the figures look high quality (not posable) they mentioned mario kart used it but refused to say HOW. I guess you save your kart combo/ and import new parts and levels and stuff? I don't know

broodwarsJune 10, 2014

Hmm...the figures were nice and all, but I'm not fond with how the Direct basically spotlighted the figures as practically Pay-to-Win. I am interested in the concept of these figures leveling up with you across games, though.

AdrockJune 10, 2014

The gist I got from the video was "Look at all this optional stuff Adrock can safely ignore forever." I am completely okay with this.

Mop it upJune 10, 2014

So if I'm interpreting this correctly, these things are entirely optional, and someone won't miss out on any content if they don't buy them?

pyrokamileonJune 10, 2014

so I can by the Samus amiibo and use it on mario kart to play Mario kart as Samus?

BlackNMild2k1June 11, 2014

What I got from the video is that player one gets an unfair advantage being the sole player with a Gamepad that has NFC built in...

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 11, 2014

3D Printed Custom Amiibo figure as a Club Nintendo reward, pls.

Non-Specific Action Figure Amiibo plz

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