Amiibo: Nintendo's New Money Maker

Amiibo, Nintendo's new NFC toy line, might be a good idea.

Amiibo. Nintendo's new NFC toy line is an interesting concept. Launching alongside Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Amiibo figures are one of Nintendo's new ideas to start making money again. 

Long has Skylanders ruled the NFC toy industry. It's been without competition until Disney's Infinity launched. Now Nintendo is stepping into the competition this holiday season.

The first of the new figures will include Mario, Donkey Kong, Peach, Yoshi, Kirby, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Animal Crossing Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer. Super Smash Bros for Wii U will be the first of many games to utilize these figures. Soon to follow, Mario Party 10, Mario Kart 8, Yoshi's Wooly World, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be compatible with Amiibo.

Data will be sent to the game as well as received by each individual Amiibo, so no two Amiibo figures will be the same. You and your friend could both have Link figures and they would have different stats and move sets.

A peripheral for the 3DS will also launch next year. From the looks of it, it seems as though it will connect wirelessly to the 3DS. 

Is Nintendo too late to the NFC toy game? Can I unlock the Animal Crossing Villager in Mario Kart 8 please? 

Published Jun. 10th 2014
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