Our Celebrating Smash series continues as we count down to the release of Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Wii U. Yesterday we talked about how excited we were at the craziness of which the 8 player smash was going to bring. Well, what if you don’t have seven other friends to play with? Fear not, you can just get some new friends! With 3 days left till Super Smash Bros. release, we introduce Amiibo!
What is Amiibo?
Amiibo, to cut it down to the barebones, is virtually the Nintendo version of Skylanders or Disney Infinity. But more. Amiibos are Nintendo figurines which uses the Wii U Gamepad Near Field Communication technology to interact with various Wii U games either directly by spawning the figurine into a supported game or indirectly by granting some extra abilities or items. The Amiibo also save and relays data from games. In other words, it can learn.
Amiibo was first officially announced and shown during the 2014 E3 Nintendo presentation. It will be available for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. We are focusing mainly on the Wii U. Right now, we know of the following games that will be Amiibo compatible. They are: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Woolly World ,Hyrule Warriors, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
Amiibo and Super Smash Bros.
So, how will Amiibo work with Super Smash Bros? Well, in Super Smash Bros., your Amiibo figurine, once touched to the NFC on the Wii U GamePad, will bring the figurine into the game as a computer controlled partner. You will be able to fight along side the Amiibo or fight against it. You can team up with it against other computer players or even have battle royals against other Amiibos.
Another sweet feature is that you can train your Amiibo and it will learn the more you play with and against it. It will also learn and level up when you take it over to your friend’s house to fight against their Amiibo.
Check out the Amiibo trailer!