Nintendo Direct Amiibo News: Fourth Wave Smash Bros, Special Mario Edition, and Marth Reprint

The January 2015 Nintendo Direct brings us plethora of new figures and features to collect and play with - if you can shell out the funds, that is.

Calling all collectors! Looks like Nintendo is bringing out a whole new line of Amiibos to break your wallet over.

Alongside the third wave of Amiibos set to be released in Febuary, Nintendo anounced a fourth wave of Super Smash Bros figures AND a special set of Mario series figures.

Mario universe Amiibos (March 20th release date):

  • Mario (bundled with select versions of Mario Party 10)
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Bowser
  • Toad 

Smash Amiibos (April 24th release date):

  • Robin
  • Lucina
  • Ness
  • Wario
  • Pac-Man
  • Charizard

With the exception the new Toad figure (which will have a neat feature when used with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker), the Mario series characters have all been previously featured in the Smash Bros Amiibo line. The new set will feature alternate character designs on a red platform, though.

The special Mario series set debut will coincide with the release of Mario Party 10, as the game will have an exclusive game mode dedicated to Amiibo. Any old or new Mario franchise Amiibo figure can be used to create a character specific gameboard to play on, such as a Luigi board where the goal is to use the Poltergust 3000 to steal stars from other players.

A word of caution, though: any Amiibo figure that has been used with saved data from Super Smash Bros will have its memory overwritten when used with Mario Party 10 as Amiibo figures can only carry data for one game at a time. Not all games that use Amiibo will write over Amiibo data, though. A full list of Amiibo compatible games and whether they have read-only or data writing features can be found here and will update as Nintendo releases titles and figures.

Nintendo also showed off some of the snazzy new Amiibo features we will be seeing in future games besides Mario Party 10 during the Direct, including certain status buffs and hats when you use Kirby series Amiibos in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Fire Emblem party members when you use their respective Amiibos in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

That last announcement came with an interesting footnote: the all-too rare Marth Amiibo will be receiving a reprint. A while back, we had reported that Nintendo would be discontinuing less popular Amiibo. They seemed to have reversed their decision in this case, suggesting that there may still be hope if you are trying to nab a specific Amiibo and couldn't before. No word on a date for the Marth Amiibo re-release, but expect it to be sometime later this year.

Are you excited about any of the new Amiibo figures or features? What kinds of things would you like to see from Amiibo in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

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Published Jan. 14th 2015

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