Amiibo  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Amiibo  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Bayonetta 2 Amiibo Support and Local Co-Op Confirmed for Switch Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:57:43 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

Several new features have been confirmed for the port of Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Switch. Among these are the inclusion of amiibo support, allowing the player to more quickly unlock the game's various Nintendo-themed costumes, as well as a local co-op option for the game's online mode "Tag Climax."

In the original release of Bayonetta 2 on Wii U, the player could unlock a series of costumes throughout the game that were based off of other Nintendo series, such as Star FoxZelda, and Mario. The Switch port now includes amiibo support, which allows you to expedite the process of unlocking a specific costume if you happen to have one of the chosen compatible amiibo.

Costumes can still be unlocked in-game the old-fashioned way, so there's no need to fret about missing out on content if you don't have the necessary amiibo. The list of compatible amiibo has not yet been revealed. 

The Switch port will also include a new local co-op option for the game's online mode called "Tag Climax," which was previously only playable online. The mode has players battling their way through a set of enemy encounters planned out using special cards acquired in the main game, which the player then makes into a deck, and bets money on their odds of success in order to earn some serious halos.

Bayonetta 2 as well as the original Bayonetta will be released on Nintendo Switch on February 16th, 2018. You can watch a trailer for the Switch port below:

5 Strange Video Game Franchise Cereals of the '80s and '90s Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:54:39 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Video game franchise cereals are all the rage again since Kellogg's and Nintendo announced the new Super Mario Cereal earlier this month. The new cereal may be the first to double as an amiibo, but it's not the first video game-themed cereal by any means. It's not even the first breakfast cereal from Nintendo! Video game cereals were big back in the '80s and '90s and were used as a way to market the games themselves. Here are five strange video game franchise cereals from those good ol' years.

Nintendo Cereal System

If you weren't able to get an NES in its heyday, then maybe the next best thing was the Nintendo Cereal System. The box contained two types of cereal: "Fruity" flavored for Super Mario Bros. and "Berry" flavored for The Legend of Zelda. If you look closely at the box, you'll notice the pictures aren't even snapshots from the games but are instead hand-drawn renditions.

Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal

Okay, the Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal is only strange because it's strange to see Donkey Kong Jr. I don't know if I've seen him since Super Mario Kart. He certainly wasn't in Donkey Kong Country.

The cereal itself wasn't that strange. It featured bananas and berries and was "wild with fruit flavors." Nothing out of the ordinary for a breakfast cereal meant for children.

Pokemon Cereal

The Pokemon Cereal came out in the 2000s, so not exactly '90s but still very strange. First of all, Oddish was one of the marshmallow shapes, and no one really likes Oddish. Second of all, Ditto was also one of the marshmallow shapes. Ditto's cooler than Oddish, sure, but Ditto's shape is distinctive because it doesn't have distinction. If you didn't know what Ditto looked like, then the purple marshmallow doesn't look like anything. It's not the funnest of marshmallow shapes. Third of all, why are Togepi and Marill on the box? First generation, best generation!

Donkey Kong Cereal

The strangest thing about the Donkey Kong Cereal from Ralston is that it didn't have marshmallows. Must be a Donkey Kong thing. The second strangest thing about the cereal is that Mario was on the box, back when he was still known as Jumpman.

The Donkey Kong Cereal consisted of "crunchy barrels of fun," sugary pieces shaped like the small barrels from the game. Fans say the cereal tasted much like Cap'N Crunch.

Pac-Man Cereal

The Pac-Man Cereal is strange because the concept is quite meta. The game is about Pac-Man running around chomping on dots and ghosts. As you eat this cereal, you can pretend you are Pac-Man, consuming all the ghosts and dots and Pac-Man marshmallows in your path. Later on, the cereal even added a power up: Super Pac-Man marshmallows that were bigger versions of the regular marshmallows. The bigger ones gave you extra sugar, though, so they were very important to eat.

It's too bad none of these cereals are available today. Some of them sound awfully delicious! Which one would you most like to try? Which video game character should also get its own cereal? Let us know in the comments!

Shovel Knight is Getting New Amiibo Figures Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:51:17 -0400 Steven Oz

During Nintendo’s Nindies@Night event in Seattle, several announcements were made -- including the reveal of three new amiibo from the Shovel Knight game series.

Two years ago at PAX West, Yacht Club Games originally announced that its game Shovel Knight would receive amiibo support. And now, these new figures are joining the lineup. 

These three new knights are based on King Knight, Plague Knight, and Specter Knight. As with all other amiibo, these will activate certain things when tapped on the NFC reader for the Nintendo Switch.

According to Nintendo, these amiibo will unlock exclusive in-game content:

"While playing Shovel Knight, players can unlock exclusive armor sets, new challenge stages and the ability to summon fairy companions to accompany players on quests."


These new figures will work on Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight: King of Cards -- which is set for release in early 2018 and serves as a prequel story that reveals how King Knight claimed his throne. 

There's no word yet on when these amiibo will be released to the public. Nintendo is saying that it will be sometime in 2018 to coincide with Shovel Knight: King of Cards.

Two More Breath of the Wild amiibo Boxes Revealed Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:35:01 -0500 David Fisher

Less than a week ago, Nintendo revealed the Guardian amiibo's box art on their CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) documents. Today, the CPSIA page has received two new submissions by Nintendo, these being the Archer and Rider Link amiibos that are tied in to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

So let's take a look, shall we?

To the left we have the Link [Rider] amiibo, with Link on none other than his trusty steed, Epona. The splash art for both this and the Link [Archer] amiibo on the right share the same style that we saw in concept art that has been circulating since E3 2016.

An important detail this time around is that both amiibo seem to be supported by clear plastic this time around, as opposed to the colored plastics we saw commonly used in the Super Smash Bros. line of amiibo, which really helps the overall presentation. There also seems to be a fair amount of detail on the tunic on both the Rider and Archer versions, something that amiibo collectors will be happy about considering the lack of quality on other models such as the early Fire Emblem amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. line.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still some time away -- March to be exact -- but these amiibo are certainly starting to take shape. With the Nintendo Switch gameplay shown off on Jimmy Fallon last night, and all the buildup toward Breath of the Wild, the Japan-based company is really working hard to push both this game and their next console.

Hopefully things work in their favor this time around.

Breath of the Wild's Guardian Amiibo's Box Art Just Got Revealed Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:47:30 -0500 David Fisher

This week's been great for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild news, but the fun doesn't stop with amiibo features and plot trailers. Today, Nintendo has submitted a Children's Product Certificate (in compliance to the The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) with our first official look at the Guardian Amiibo's box art, and needless to say it looks pretty awesome!

According to the document, the Guardian amiibo started its manufacturing in November of 2016, likely to ensure that there are plenty of these mini-statuettes ready for consumers in March 2017 when Breath of the Wild launches. However, knowing Nintendo of America's past failures to meet demand with the NES Classic Edition and amiibo before, we should probably avoid getting our hopes up too high.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guardian Amiibo will be the first amiibo in Nintendo's line to have moving parts. It was originally revealed during E3 at Nintendo's Breath of the Wild event.

What do you think of the Guardian Amiibo? Are you going to try to grab one for yourself or has Breath of the Wild yet to take your breath away? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversery Amiibo RELEASED Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:54:34 -0500 Unclepulky

Last night at the 2016 Video Game Awards, we got new footage for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

And now, all of the Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary amiibo are available in stores. These four amiibo are: 8-bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link, Toon Link, and (most exciting for many) Windwaker Zelda. All of these amiibo will be compatible with Breath of the Wild, and they'll each have a different effect. 

  • The 8-bit Link amiibo provides the player with a random number of barrels, with the potential to find rupees inside.
  • The Ocarina of Time Link amiibo gives the player a random amount of meat.
  • The Toon Link amiibo will grant the player a random amount of fish.
  • The Windwaker Zelda amiibo will reward the player with a random selection of plants. 

All four of these amiibo have the chance to get you a treasure chest containing a rare item each time they're used.

The State of Nintendo in 2016 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:00:02 -0500 David Fisher

Nintendo has long been one of -- if not the biggest -- names in gaming. The company whose roots date back all the way to 1889 has seen some of its hardware take 3 of the 5 highest spots for sales in gaming history, as well as the weakest sales in recent history. 2016 has shown that Nintendo has continued this state of perpetual ups and downs as the Wii U reached toward the end of its life cycle, and the 3DS continued to be the lifestream of their operations.

Unfortunately, the overall health of Nintendo's operations has been rather difficult to pinpoint as investors and fans butted heads throughout the year. Many controversies arose over things such as a dismal library and sales for the Wii U line of consoles, while 3DS sales and ventures into mobile gaming have been met with relatively high success.

But after a wild ride of a year that saw the release of Pokemon GO, the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, and many other great titles among the disappointments, how has Nintendo fared overall? Today we'll be taking a look at the year of 2016 to see just how well Nintendo actually did this year, and see if the console giant still makes as big of a footprint as it used to.

The Wii U fades out with a whimper...

Depending on who you ask, the verdict on the Wii U's sales are rather doing abysmally or just good enough. This is in part due to Microsoft's lack of information on current sales numbers which -- according to rumors -- are rather still sitting in the 10 million mark or just under 20 million. It's essentially a race to avoid the bottom as both Nintendo and Microsoft's home consoles' confirmed sales sit at about the same mark as Sony's widely considered "failed handheld," the PlayStation Vita.

That said, the Wii U's sales for software have actually been fairly decent overall. At the time of this article's publishing, the Wii U has an approximate sale rate of 6.9 software titles per Wii U unit. This places the Wii U in 5th place overall for software-hardware ratios, with only the SNES, NES, Wii and GameCube beating it in this field. That said, the GameCube sold about 9.6 games per console sold, so make of that what you will.

This year certainly did not help the Wii U's reputation either as sales slowed down, and most releases consisted of short arcade-style games, and remakes. Even Nintendo failed to produce first party titles for the console, the only releases from their publishing branch this year being:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • Pokkén Tournament
  • Star Fox Zero/Guard
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash

Even to the most dedicated fan, this selection is abysmal, especially when compared to last year. In 2015 the Wii U had a momentary revival with multiple game releases such as: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Yoshi's Wooly World, and more. While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks promising, it is doubtful that the game will have a significant impact on the Wii U's sales as the Nintendo Switch's port might very well drain away any potential buyers of the Wii U version.

The Nintendo 3DS rocks the stage!

While the Wii U disappointed on many levels, Nintendo's 3DS line of handhelds has actually done remarkably well. Not only has the handheld sold almost 6 times more than its rival - the PlayStation Vita - but has also 14.17 million more units than the highest selling home console, the PlayStation 4.

Despite not selling as many software titles per unit as the Wii U (approximately 4.8 copies per hardware unit), the 3DS has seen its library expand greatly over the course of the year. Published by Nintendo alone, the 3DS has received over 18 first party published titles. Among the herd are multiple major non-remake releases including:

  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Bravely Second: End Layer
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force
  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon

And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as many 3rd party and indie titles were released for the handheld throughout the year. The list here serves the sole purpose of making it evident that the 3DS has seriously outperformed the Wii U, especially in terms of software releases. Considering the weak start the 3DS had when it first launched, this can only be considered a good thing for the future of Nintendo handhelds.

Outside the Consoles...

Nintendo goes mobile!

While Nintendo may not have had a direct hand in Pokemon GO, they are one of the major shareholders of The Pokemon Company, and have benefitted from the game's release in multiple ways. The mobile game, which was released earlier this year in July, quickly became the biggest games in mobile history, stealing and surpassing the titles set by games such as Candy Crush and Clash of Clans in only a few short days. 

The game to this day continues to provide a steady stream of income, making about $500,000 a day, placing it among the top 5 biggest daily earners. It is arguably also partially responsible for the success of The Pokemon Company's 20th anniversary celebration doing so well, as well as boosting pre-orders for Pokemon Sun and Moon, and by extension Nintendo's 3DS hardware.

Unfortunately, Miitomo -- Nintendo's other mobile title -- has not seen nearly as much success. According to Survey Monkey, Miitomo has seen a weekly churn of 48%. This means almost half of the users who play the game on any given day stop using the app the following week. Weekly users barely float over the 1 million mark at any given time, and this can only be a bad thing for a social media app.

Whether or not Nintendo's latest update to the app can salvage it from the grave is an entirely different matter. However, despite being a dedicated user myself, I don't see it happening.

The NX gets revealed!

Nintendo's big reveal of the year, the Nintendo Switch was the console that became of their codename NX announcement from 2 years ago. The console is a handheld household console hybrid that prides itself on being both portable, as well as powerful. Throughout their first looks trailer, Nintendo made it apparent that they are looking to create a console that is great for individual gamers, group get-togethers, and even the eSports scene.

On the flipside, both fans and investors had very different reactions from each other. While fans celebrated the Nintendo Switch, praising its bold departure from the Wii U, investors failed to see the innovation in the device. This divide led to a strange drop in stock prices despite the overwhelmingly positive response from fans and developers. Thankfully, the company's shares have somewhat stabilized since then.

Only time will tell whether or not the Nintendo Switch is successful as the main stress points that will make or break the console have yet to be revealed. Most of all, both fans and investors seemed worried about the price point of the device. Without an official price listing, everyone can only hope that the device's price will sit somewhere between the price of a home console and that of a handheld device. Should the recent placeholder put up by Toys R Us Canada be anything to go by, their fears might just be alleviated.

The Verdict

While it's rather easy to say that Nintendo did poorly this year based on the Wii U alone, the success of both the Nintendo Switch announcement, as well as 3DS sales says otherwise. The takeaway? Nintendo is just being as Nintendo has been in the years since the Wii U's release: not doing incredibly well, but not terribly either.

With plenty of upcoming news for the Switch just around the corner, Nintendo fans can rest easy that the company will be ready to dish out another round of great titles in the coming years. Hopefully, the new console will meet expectations, and we will see the company rise to the best-seller list once more. After all, if the sales of the PS4 and Xbox One are anything to go by, Nintendo needs to be the company to somehow bring console gaming back to the forefront.

But what do you think about Nintendo's success and failures in 2016? Do you have high hopes for the Nintendo Switch? Do you wish people gave the Wii U a chance? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

RUMOR - Final Smash Bros. Amiibo to Launch Beside Switch Port of Smash Bros. for Wii U Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:44:41 -0500 Unclepulky

According to a source which has supplied reliable information about the Nintendo Switch since before its announcement, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be getting ported over to the Switch. While the port will NOT be available the day the Switch launches, Nintendo is hoping to release it within the first six months of the Switch's lifespan.

For collectors, the best part of this rumor is likely that we will finally be getting amiibo figures of fan favorite characters Could Strife and Bayonetta.  While it is somewhat disappointing that we still have to wait a long time for them, this is at least (possible) confirmation that they're still going to be made at all.

The port of Smash 4 will be serving as something of a "Complete Edition" as it will include ALL of the DLC from the Wii U version of the game. This includes: all of the DLC characters, stages, and Mii Fighter skins.

Are you going to be buying the port of Smash 4 for Nintendo Switch? Excited for the Bayonetta and Cloud amiibo? Let me know in the comments!

Immerse yourself in the glamorous life of a fashionista in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:31:56 -0400 Amy Turnbull

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at fashion design, now’s your chance! The latest game in the Style Savvy series, Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, goes on sale on August 19th, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Fashion Forward allows you to work in a number of professions within the fashion industry - Boutique Manager, Hair Stylist, Make-up Artist, Designer, and Model - with each role providing unique gameplay throughout. You can focus on any one area to become an expert in that field, or enjoy dipping in and out of every role as you wish.

You’ll start the game as a young, up-and-coming fashionista, newly arrived in the trendy Beaumonde City. After being welcomed to your new home town by another local designer and given the chance to fully customise your character’s appearance, you can start exploring the city and getting to know its residents. They will become your clientele over time, and the more you talk with them, the better you get to know their individual styles. Building up a rapport with customers means they’ll return to your store more and more in the future!

The game makes use of Nintendo’s popular StreetPass feature, by allowing you to showcase your creations and share your designs with others. StreetPass also gives you the opportunity to share your personalised dollhouse, which you can build and add items and showrooms to as you work your way through the game. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can also visit your friends’ shops to exchange designs and enter Miiverse contests, or simply explore.  

Fashion Forward is compatible with a variety of amiibo figures, including popular characters Mario, Zelda, and Kirby. Each of the characters will provide an exclusive clothing item or fashion accessory related to their character, that you cannot get anywhere else in the game. So if you collect the amiibo figures, it’s worth using them to add another fun element to the game.

You can even customise your 3DS with the Style Savvy: My Room Theme, available now for purchase in the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop for just $2.89 (£1.79).

This is a great game for young and old alike, providing a wide variety of gameplay techniques and fun activities throughout, allowing you to get in touch with your creative side, while learning a little about how things work in the fashion industry. If you’d like to give the game a trial play before purchasing, there is a free demo available for download in the Nintendo eShop.

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward will be available in stores, online and in the Nintendo eShop, for Nintendo 3DS, on August 19th 2016; RRP $29.99 (£34.99).

15 Great Amiibo-Themed Cosplays Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:36:21 -0400 Donald Strohman

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Some people buy amiibos for the sole purpose of selling them on the Internet for a substantial profit. So what better way to encompass the scumbag amiibo re-seller by mixing him with the mysterious seller from Resident Evil 4? Could you just imagine Leon picking up three Ryu amiibos while fighting his way through a horde of zombies? Maybe the chainsaw guy has a soft spot for Jigglypuff?


Do you have a particular cosplay you are proud of? Feel free to share photos of your past cosplay with GameSkinny at . We just might feature them in a future article!


The Squid Sisters

by Cospatio

A grand success in fandom out of Japan, the Squid Sisters from Splatoon have been getting numerous fans adapting their own version of the characters into costume. But these two women from Japan do an especially great job of making the characters come to life!




Lady Ike

by CPP Creations

Gender swapping characters can sometimes lead to the most unique of costumes, and this female rendition of Ike from Fire Emblem is no different! With its vast attention to detail, it's only a matter of time before a real amiibo is made out of her.


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Vintage Peach

by MandyNeko

Every wondered how the world of Super Mario would fair in the olden days? This clever recreation of the Princess Peach outfit could be the closest thing we ever get to a Victorian era Mario game. (Unless you're reading this Nintendo, in which case wink-wink, hint-hint, make this happen.) 


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Villager and Little Mac - BRAND NEW!

by Maxime Chow

Every amiibo collector's dream is finding all of their favorite figures brand new in the box. But dressing up as your favorite video game character and sealing yourself within a box? That doesn't sound crazy at all...


Fuzzy Yoshi

by kyramil

Nintendo may be fond of pouring out yarn Yoshi Amiibos, but perhaps they should be investing in Fuzzy ones too? And considering the fact that knitting together a Yoshi costume would probably take forever, it makes this fuzzy interpretation of Mario's loyal companion all the more impressive. 


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Big, Bigger, Biggest!

by d-slim

A side by side comparison with the amiibo figure and an action figure helps illustrate the detail that's been put into this Samus suit cosplay. I just hope there's some sort of waste disposal system, as I'd imagine trying to use the bathroom with this costume on would not be fun. 


Tennis, Anyone? 

by CPP Creations

We haven't seen any Mario's Tennis amiibo just yet, but if Nintendo were to get a hold of this picture, I'm sure they'd be inspired to make a whole line of figures. Just you wait, it's bound to happen. 


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Super Smash Bros Cosplay


There's a reason Super Smash Bros has remained a Nintendo staple since its birth on the N64. Satisfying the inner masochist in all of us, we just love seeing our favorite Nintendo characters battling it out with one another, and these cosplay costumes perfectly summarize the nostalgia running through its fans' veins. 


Cuddly Charizard 

by HaruDesu88

Have you ever wondered what Charizard would be like if, instead of rough skin, we was made of felt and you could hug one without running the risk of catching fire? No? Well, apparently someone did, as this young woman managed to create what could be the softest Charizard in the history of nerd-dom. 


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You're a Squid Now!

by RainaTraina

The popularity of Splatoon has spawned numerous amiibo figures for die hards to collect, including a recent Squid Sisters pack. This woman's rendition of the game's iconic Marie is freaky accurate -- let's just hope her hair doesn't consist of genuine squid. 



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Being a powerful figure in the Mario universe, Rosalina happens to be one of the most interesting female characters the Mario games have ever offered. So, it comes as no shock to see plenty of female cosplayers dressing in her image. (Is it also weird to think that costume would make great pajamas? Seriously, how comfy do those look!?)   


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Wii Fit Fighter!

by LeapingLizardCosplay

Being a master of yoga and the definitive icon of Nintendo fitness games, might sound easy, but bring the Wii Fit trainer into a brawl and she's bound to knock your lights out. Or help you lose weight, whichever comes first. 


Personal Toy Shelf

by Unknown

Talk about dedication to your collection. Why dress up as your favorite Nintendo, Disney, or Skylanders character when you can just bring all of them with you...attached to your body?


It's not an obsession, I swear. 


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Family of Samus

By d-slim

Samus may be one of Nintendo's most badass heroines, but she probably has family issues like the rest of us. After all, if you had this many sisters to deal with, who wouldn't prefer fighting aliens over dealing with unnecessary drama (Cough Metroid: Other M, cough cough.) 


Nintendo has been striking pure gold within its own nostalgia. Despite sitting on this gravy train for decades, it wasn't until recently that the video game company decided to officially license amiibo figures based off their popular gaming franchises.


And with the craze surrounding these little toys far from over, it comes as no surprise that fans would draw inspiration from the figures to create their own costumes based on them. From a fuzzy Charizard to a late era Princess Peach, these fifteen amiibo-inspired cosplay costumes are just plain awesome.



Shovel Knight appears in Gunvolt 2 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:58:01 -0400 CalendarV

Shovel Kinght from the game Shovel Knight, developed by Yacht Club Games, will make appearance in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, the sequel to the action-platform game Azure Striker Gunvolt developed by Inti Creates.

Players will be able to face the challenge of fighting Shovel Knight with Gunvolt or Copen by scanning a Shovel Knight amiibo to Nintendo 3DS with Azure Striker Gunvolt. The  teaser trailer shows how to fight against Shovel Knight, and some of the attack patterns of Shovel Knight are shown.

It’s a pretty fun, action-packed fight, and might push your skills to their limits…we hope all Shovel Knight amiibo owners will give it a shot!

The Shovel Knight sprite used in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was designed by Masaya Suzuki, who has designed the sprite of Mega Man Zero and created sprites for Breath of Fire series.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 will be released on August 25th, 2016 for Japan and September 30th, 2016 for North America for Nintendo 3DS and PC. 

Amiibo That We Need! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:26:24 -0400 Austin Katz


What do you think about my list? What amiibo should I have included? What was your favorite amiibo announced during E3? Let me know in the comments!


Yooka & Laylee


There is no reason that Nintendo would make an amiibo for this Kickstarter funded platformer, but I thought one would look cool. Since Yooka-Laylee has to be developed to use the Wii U gamepad, why not utilize the reader and make amiibo? Fans, I am sure, will buy it if the game is good enough (I mean, the Kickstarter passed with flying colors).


The amiibo could have an extra skin, something simple as an easter egg or a nod to Banjo & Kazooie. Plus, Playtonic can earn a little extra money to develop more games that pay homage to classic platformers. 




With the recent announcement of Shantae: Half Genie Herowhy not pay homage to the company that first adopted their game and make a Shantae amiibo? With a unique character design, I am sure that developers can make some awesome alternate costumes or levels for that matter if you scan a Shantae amiibo into the game.


Either way, if that doesn't happen, we can still petition for her inclusion into Super Smash Bros: Wii U right? 


More Waluigi

Super Mario



Even though Waluigi amiibo was announced during E3, we need more! Waluigi playing golf, Waluigi playing soccer, Waluigi kart! Break out your wallets people, it's gonna be a bumpy ride! 




Like Paper Mario, Metroid also needs love. I mean what other game actually had a petition, calling for the game's cancellation. It's easy to say fans are passionate about Metroid, but lately it feels that Nintendo has forgotten about our favorite intergalactic bounty hunter.


The latest game we are getting is a spinoff -- which Nintendo has actively pushed at fans, while saying it is a real Metroid game. But then they don't acknowledge the game exists during E3? With an August release date you would think Nintendo would say something about the game during E3, but I digress.


What better way to throw fans a bone then releasing some Metroid amiibo? A Metroid amiibo can give you powerups during the game, while a Ridley amiibo could harm enemies. Maybe they are saving Metroid amiibo for Metroid NX......


Paper Mario

Paper Mario

Paper Mario needs some love. Fans are criticizing the new game because it breaks the formula set by the first two games in the series. So, why not upgrade Paper Mario to a new generation by making a Paper Mario amiibo. The amiibo would look and feel like a Mr. Game and Watch amiibo, by being flat and allows an upgrade to your paint meter or a special attack that you can use. Either way, Nintendo is not going back to the original formula for the Paper Mario series. But hey -- at least it could look cool.


Rowlet, Litten, Popplio


We got some information on Pokémon Sun and Moon during E3, but not much. Since every major Nintendo release was accompanied with, or at least supported by amiibo, I figured that amiibo based on generation seven starters would be really cool. Think about it -- scanning one of the amiibo would get you a daily item, or access to a legendary Pokémon. Something along the lines of cool if scanned, but not needed to finish the game, is the sweet spot Nintendo should hit. 


E3 is over and tons of new amiibo have been announced. But I felt that Nintendo missed an opportunity to announce even more amiibo during E3. So, I made a list of amiibo that I desperately want -- aka amiibo that should have been announced during E3. 

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Amiibo Additions Announced Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:01:13 -0400 Austin Katz

 Nintendo announced via Twitter that the latest addition in the Metroid series; Metroid Prime: Federation Force will support amiibo. 

If you scan any non Metroid amiibo into Federation Force, you will receive a custom skin on your Mech based upon that amiibo in the multiplayer mode, Blast Ball.

Nintendo also said in a seperate tweet: If you scan a Metroid amiibo into Federation Force, you will receive an upgrade for your Mech during campaign missions. 

 Nintendo has yet to say what the upgrade does, but it appears that it makes your Mech bigger. 

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will be released on August 19th for 3DS. 

New Super Mario amiibo Now Available for Pre-Order Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:45:33 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

Nintendo has released many amiibo since its debut alongside Super Smash Bros. Wii U back in 2014. They revealed at E3 that new Super Mario amiibos will be available on November 4th, 2016. However, we’re not done with these amiibo yet.

Nintendo announced today that the new Super Mario amiibo are now available at select retailers. The amiibo revealed at E3 are Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Boo, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong. It is unknown what the functionality of these amiibo are, but it is likely that they will work with Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and possibly the new Mario Party game, Mario Party Star Rush. It has also been announced that the Boo amiibo will glow in the dark.

The retailers currently taking pre-orders are Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us. The prices tend to vary between each retailer with the cheapest at Walmart for around $10 and the other retailers varying around $13 to $14.

If you want to learn more about these amiibo and other amiibo announced at E3 2016, check out this article.     

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Nintendo reveals new amiibo lines Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:25:26 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Straight from the Nintendo E3 showfloor come new lines of Nintendo's amiibo figures -- including wave 2 of the Super Mario amiibo and an all-new Zelda line based off Breath of the Wild. Check 'em out below!

The new Super Mario line, which launches on November 4th, includes Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Boo, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Mario Party 10 players may recall figurines of unreleased characters like Daisy featured in the game's amiibo Party Mode, and these new figures appear in the same poses. While it's likely these amiibo will work with that game, they will also be compatible with the newly-announced Mario Party: Star Rush for 3DS.

Meanwhile, three Zelda figures will launch alongside Breath of the Wild: Archer Link, Hooded Link, and a Guardian. As shown by Nintendo Treehouse employee Bill Trinen, the Guardian will be the first amiibo to have movable, posable parts (those tentacle-like appendages you see up there).

Amazon Prime members might be interested to know that not only is the new Mario wave listed on the site, but it's 20% off for anyone with Prime membership.

Will you plan on snatching up these amiibo? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nintendo's Pink Puffball Gets an Upgrade in Kirby: Planet Robobot Fri, 27 May 2016 06:07:26 -0400 Phil Fry

Nintendo released a new overview trailer for its international release of Kirby: Planet Robobot. Since April of this year, the new 3DS game featuring the iconic pink puffball has been available in Japan. On June 10th, the game will be made available everywhere else.

Kirby: Planet Robobot features Kirby taking on large, mechanized invaders who begin descending on Planet Popstar whilst Kirby is sleeping under a tree. Players must solve puzzles and defeat enemies to progress through levels. The action platformer includes a total of 27 abilities Kirby may possess, with an addition of 3 original new abilities making their debuts in Robobot. These abilities are:

The “ESP” ability, which gives Kirby telekinetic attacks and displays Kirby with a sideways ball cap reminiscent of Ness' from Earthbound.  

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The “Doctor” ability which, in the trailer, shows an animation of Kirby conducting science experiments with beakers and causing AoE damage to nearby enemies.

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And the third “Poison” ability, that allows Kirby to shoot a stream of liquid poison to attack enemies from a distance.

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All of Nintendo’s available amiibos will also give players unique abilities depending on the amiibo that is tapped on the gamepad. For example, tapping a Mario amiibo will give players a fire ability. There will be four new amiibos released along with Planet Robobot of Kirby, King Dedede, Waddle Dee, and Meta Knight. The special Kirby amiibo will turn players into a hovering UFO. King Dedede equips players with his hammer. The Meta Knight amiibo transforms the player into Meta Knight, allowing the player to utilize the Galaxia sword. And the Waddle Dee amiibo gives players a parasol that allows players to glide in the air briefly, or can be useful for attacking enemies.  

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A new gameplay feature of Planet Robobot is that after first defeating an invader boss controlling Robobot armor, Kirby can take control of the machine. The trailer shows Kirby entering the armor, and the colors changing from steel, to a pink and crème color with Warp Star logos on its mechanical arms. Players may also collect up-to 200 different stickers in-game to customize their Robobot armor.

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The armor provides Kirby with further reaching attacks, as well as a dash ability. The armor mechanization will be a key component to progress through certain parts of the game, because Kirby can use the armor to clear colossal blocks out of his pathway, or solve more puzzles --  like activating an elevator lift by using the armor’s mechanical arm like a wrench.

Furthermore, players may scan enemies in-game to unlock 13 unique armor modes. The trailer features “Fire Mode” that gives the Robobot armor flamethrowers blazing from its arms, “Spark Mode” that displays Kirby charging a laser like beam, and “Jet Mode” which gives players a flying ability and also a missile firing component. Other modes include "Wheel" mode for quick movement across levels, "Ice", and "Parasol" mode. 

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Kirby: Planet Robobot also includes two mini-games for players to enjoy. The first is called "Team Kirby Clash". In this game, up to four players may work together as a team to defeat difficult bosses. Players may choose from four different classes of seemingly classic RPG styles, such as: "Hammerlord" which appears to be a hard-hitting DPS class, "Beam Mage" as a ranged caster DPS, "Doctor Healmore" acting as support and healer, and "Sword Hero" who can activate a domed shield players can stay under for protection. If players collect all four "Power Tablets" that appear at different intervals throughout the mini-game, they have a chance to summon a powerful "Team Meteor" to damage their enemies. 

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The other mini-game is a single player game called "Kirby 3D Rumble" and players must defeat enemies by inhaling them and spitting them out in classic Kirby fashion. 

The game is set to release on June 10th of this year, and pre-orders are available at select retailers. 

Release date and amiibos announced for Monster Hunter Stories Fri, 27 May 2016 05:19:32 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Monster Hunter Stories, the highly anticipated spin-off of Monster Hunter, will have three new amiibo figures compatible with it.The successful Capcom series spin-off for Nintendo 3DS will come out in Japan on Oct. 8.

Two of the amiiibos will be the male or female protagonist riding a Rathalos and the other one will be Nabiru, an adorable Felybe and the protagonist’s sidekick.

Scanning the figures will unlock a special in-game Otomon, which are one of the central elements of the game. These “monsters” can share a deep bond with the protagonist. If the bond is deep enough, then the protagonist may ride the Otomon into battle to perform powerful moves.

Having Monster Hunter Generations already saved on a 3DS will unlock an additional Dinovaldo costume for Nabiru.

Monster Hunter Stories will have a different look than the series did, and will focus a player’s attention on the perspective of a Rider rather than a Hunter.

The actual role of the amiibos in the game at this point is unclear.

New Splatoon amiibo dioramas looking fresh! Wed, 25 May 2016 10:06:05 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Amiibo collectors, get ready: more dioramas for your figures have been announced! The ink-shooter Splatoon will be receiving not one, but TWO sets based on the Kelp Dome battlefield and a Squid Sisters concert.

While both sets include decorative stickers, the Squid Sisters diorama features electronic interactivity, as they connect to your 3DS or smartphone for displaying a concert courtesy of Callie and Marie themselves. Any Splatoon player, kid or squid, can catch up on all their fresh hits.

Both dioramas will launch in Japan on July 7th for 1,080 yen ($10 US dollars), but no word has emerged on their Western arrival (or, for that matter, the Smash Bros. and Kirby dioramas released last month). We'll keep our eyes peeled for that, but in the meantime, you can preorder imports on Play-Asia.

Would you purchase the Splatoon amiibo dioramas should they launch in the states? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Splatoon Amiibo Announced, To Be Released in June Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:05:25 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

Nintendo announced two new amiibo today, which are based off the J-pop duo from their popular third-person-shooter/competitive painting game, Splatoon. 

These ultra-detailed amiibo of the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie, will be available for purchase on July 8th, according to the official Nintendo Twitter account, and may be purchased together for $24.99 or individually for $12.99 each. Using them in game will unlock clips of their funky-fresh dance moves, all set to both existing Squid Sisters songs and some brand new, never-before-heard ones.

Nintendo also announced two new, re-colored variants of the existing Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling, to be released at the same time. They will also be available for $12.99 each, or bundled together with an Orange Squid amiibo for $34.99. This set will give amiibo collectors and Splatoon fans another opportunity to get some in-game bonuses and gear, especially as some of the amiibo in question (cough...Green Squid...cough) are notoriously difficult to find.

Kirby: Planet Robobot amiibo bundle announced Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:16:24 -0400 Bradalay

A special Kirby amiibo bundle will launch alongside the Kirby: Planet Robobot Europe release, coming to Nintendo 3DS on June 10th.

The bundle was revealed on the Nintendo UK Twitter account, and can be purchased from Amazon for £35. Scanning the amiibo will unlock the exclusive UFO copy ability, which is not available through regular gameplay.

Pre-orders are available now, but there's no word on if the bundle will see a release in US regions. 

The newest Kirby title was revealed on March 3rd via Nintendo Direct, alongside a brand new amiibo line for the franchise. Characters available will include Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee.

The newest title in the series will see gaming's favourite pink puff face off against mysterious invaders of Dreamland by utilizing new giant mechs to his advantage. This powerful new Robobot Armour can also scan and copy enemy abilities much like Kirby himself. 

The title will see a worldwide release on June 10th, with a Japan release arriving much earlier on 28th April.