Unboxing the amiiqo; Amiibo data saving and transferring device
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the controversial device known as the amiiqo, that not only backs up Nintendo's Amiibo character data, but you can download other Amiibos straight to the device from the internet.
Small device, with a large impact
Though the amiiqo is a small device for the hefty price of $55 from an online retailer, it has a large effect on how users can interact with amiibos without having to pay Nintendo's price per each one. Using the Android app that was developed strictly for the amiiqo, any amiiqo owner can upload their Amiibo's saved data, and in return download these figurine "images" from the internet. Using the amiiqo with Nintendo products
The amiiqo is a pretty simple device, using the Android app to upload/download Amiibo data. At the current time the amiiqo is only compatible with the Wii U, New 3DS, and 2DS without needing an external cable. For use on the older 3DS XL models the external cable is required, with an upcoming PS4 compatibility in the mix. In the future the amiiqo is also set to work with a PC or Smartphone to upload or download character data, since Android isn't always widely used.
How this can affect Nintendo
Looking at a business perspective for Nintendo, the amiiqo might not have a large impact on their Amiibo sales. Many gamers buy the Amiibos for not only their use, but also for a shelf viewing or collection. Since the amiiqo is only for virtual data, collector's won't be able to build their collection with the small device, but only be able to play pre-loaded characters of theirs or others.
Keeping in mind that pre-loaded characters include all of their leveled up abilities and power-ups, the amiiqo could be considered a "cheat" system for those who don't want to work for their Amiibo's skill-set, and is bound to be restricted in all championship tournaments that come along the way.
If you want to test out the amiiqo for yourself, there are plenty of online retailers that have them for sale in North America. I can say it's a pretty fun device for someone who enjoys casual gaming with amiibos; without having to pay for them or investing time in their skills.
What are your thoughts on the amiiqo device? Do you think it's worth the large price tag? Would it be a good fit for children? Share your thoughts below!