Nintendo has announced a must-have accessory for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS today during its E3 digital event. Amiibo – figurines that allow Nintendo characters to come to life! Each of these figurines will become interactive when placed up against the Wii U GamePad controller – without the need for a base.
The interactive figures will have the ability to communicate with multiple specially designed games including the recently released Mario Kart 8 (which my 6 year old already claims as a favorite). Nintendo plans to release their first series of amiibo this year alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – just in time for the holidays.
amiibo can interact with compatible games when players touch them to the Wii U GamePad controller, reading character data into games and saving data to the figure.
Different compatible games will use amiibo in different ways. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to use amiibo. Games like Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Yoshi’s Woolly World are also planned to support amiibo.
In Super Smash Bros., players can battle alongside or against their amiibo characters, leveling them up in the process. They can then bring them to a friend who has a Wii U and the game to show off how they’ve trained and customized their characters.
A new NFC reader/writer, which is being designed for Nintendo 3DS, is scheduled to launch in 2015.
See how it works by watching the amiibo trailer below. We’ll also post more info as it becomes available. Meanwhile, watch the full Nintendo E3 Digital Event here: http://e3.nintendo.com.