Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Amiibo: Nintendo's New Future

We were already aware that Nintendo had developed a product to enter into the figurine market ala Skylanders and Disney Infinity. But more details about the new interface were revealed yesterday during their E3 online video presentation (once again opting against the big flashy show that they were once known for).

The line of figures has been dubbed "amiibo." As already known, the figure pad is the Wii-U game pad, character's virtual histories will be stored on the figurine itself. Some new stuff did emerge from the voice of Reggie, such as the figures having the ability to move seamlessly between Wii-U systems and GamePads. You don't have to spend 10 minutes reconfiguring a new consoles if your previous one dies, or you can take your figures to a friends and play with little to no downtime. And the figures are going to be compatible with...wait for it, the new Super Smash Bros. game. Let the spazzing commence. But! they also plan to make they work for preexisting content such as the recently released Mario Kart 8. More spazzing may commence. Nintendo is also working on an additional peripheral so that the figures can work for Nintendo 3DS systems, with an anticipated release of early next year.

Classic characters should be expected for the initial release, such as Mario, Link, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Samus. The chances of adding such a feature to a future Pokemon game...damn. Think of the money. Business gold!

Pricing and a release date for the first set of figures have not been announced yet, but expect it to be soon, or at least by this winter holiday that you see them on store shelves. Nintendo may have found a new niche to dive into.


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