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  1. So, as most of you have probably heard by now, Disney Infinity is being discontinued as Disney shutters its publishing arm (it'll still license its properties to other publishers though) and Avalanche, the developers, close their doors. It's pretty sad news all in all, and a bit surprising considering Disney had the likes of Marvel and Star Wars to get people interested in the games. Knowing that something with that kind of power behind it could fail, do you think this could be the beginning of the end for the toys-to-life genre? Could Lego Dimensions, Skylanders, and, dare I say it, amiibo be next? To be honest, I'm surprised Infinity was the one that went down first. Of all of them, Skylanders would have been my guess as the first to fall simply due to the fact that it's the only one without recognizable branding behind it (unless you count Spyro as a recognizable brand, but they basically distanced themselves from that after the first one anyway) and there was already a precedent with Activision and plastic peripherals after Guitar Hero. I haven't paid attention to reviews or sales numbers or anything relating to these types of games, but I'm still pretty sure that other publishers are going to see what happened and start to consider whether it's worth carrying on with any plans they might have had for the genre. Nintendo might be able to keep amiibo profitable a while longer as long as they stick to the most popular series and spread the releases out a bit, but I'm expecting Lego Dimensions and Skylanders to follow suit any day now. How do you all feel about it? Worried? Happy that the obvious cash grab of selling toys that work with games might be ending? Don't care either way? Sound off with your thoughts!
  2. Note: For recent updates, see the bottom of this post. With all that has happened over the weekend about certain Amiibos becoming rare, I thought it would be a good idea to put all this information together in one spot. Here you can find a list of Amiibos (currently out and upcoming), how rare they are, and what stores they're exclusive to (if any). There are some that are conclusively rare while others are guesses, but now that Nintendo has confirmed that some characters will only sell through their first shipment, it's safe to say that any lesser-known characters (such as any that aren't from the Mario, Donkey Kong, Pokemon, or Zelda franchises, and probably Kirby) will likely have only shipment or so. Amiibo Exclusive? Availability Mario No Common Donkey Kong No Common Pikachu No Common Kirby No Common Yoshi No Common Link No Common Peach No Common Samus No Uncommon (no longer produced?) Fox No Rare (no longer produced) Villager No Sold out (Extremely Rare) Marth No Sold out (Extremely Rare) Wii Fit Trainer No Sold out (Extremely Rare) Wave 2 Captain Falcon No Rare (no longer produced) Pit No Rare (no longer produced) Little Mac No Rare (no longer produced) Zelda No Common Luigi No Common Diddy Kong No Common Wave 3 Lucario Toys'R'Us Sold out (Extremely Rare) Rosalina and Luma Target Sold out (Extremely Rare) Bowser No Common Toon Link No Common/Uncommon-ish Sheik No Uncommon? Ike No Sold out (Extremely Rare) Meta Knight Best Buy Sold out (Extremely Rare) King Dedede No Sold out (Extremely Rare) Shulk GameStop Sold out (Extremely Rare) Sonic No Uncommon? Mega Man No Uncommon? Super Mario Wave 1 Mario No Common Luigi No Common Peach No Common Bowser No Common Yoshi No Common Toad No Uncommon? Wave 4 Releasing in two parts; Part 1 releases April 29, 2015, while Part 2 releases May 29th. Charizard No Possibly uncommon? Robin No Rare Lucina No Rare Pac-Man No Possibly uncommon? Ness GameStop Sold out (Extremely Rare) Wario No Possibly common Jigglypuff Target Rare Greninja Toys 'R' Us Rare The rule of thumb is, if you're interested in any of the ones that are projected to be rare, be sure to pre-order them just to be safe. Recent Updates 2/1/15 - Updated availability on several Amiibo. Toad now considered uncommon/rare for the meantime. 1/16/15 - Updated the list with Super Mario Wave 1 and Smash Wave 4. Also updated availability for some Wave 2 Amiibo. 12/27/14 - Updated Luigi, Zelda, and Diddy to "Common" 12/13/14 - Fox/Samus's status updated as "Uncommon" 12/12/14 - Toys'R'Us is having a B1G1 40% off sale on Amiibos, including Lucario 12/11/14 - DK, Fox, and Samus are the next three that are rumored to be phased out 12/10/14 - Wave 2 is said to be split into two shipments; the first seems to have already arrived. 12/10/14 - Wave 2 confirmed to be in stores already 12/8/14 - Villager and Marth are no longer on Walmart's website 12/8/14 - Lucario and King Dedede are currently sold out on Toys'R'Us site
  3. Ever since amiibo debuted late last year, it was obvious to many that the #1 reason people were buying them was to either collect or display them in their own home. And -- again -- it's likely that most thought it was a well-executed or elaborate scheme on Nintendo's part to tap into the collector's mentality to sell as many amiibo as possible. Surely Nintendo had 'collecting' in mind when they started selling them, right? How could they not? Well, according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the company was taken aback about the collecting aspect. In fact, it was never their intention to have the little figures be viewed as such. Kimishima weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with Time magazine, saying: "Our earliest goal for the Amiibo was to have these connected to software and have them enhance the play experience for the consumer, and for other consumers to say ”I see my friend using this Amiibo with that software and it looks great,“ and again increase that attractiveness of that combination. What we“re seeing instead is that the Amiibo are being picked up more as a collection item at this point, rather than, say, as an interactive item with software. And so we haven“t really established them as an enhancement for all of our software at this point. I think again that challenge is, how can we connect that IP to our software in general, and using the Amiibo to further enhance the play activity will allow us to get more people looking at, they see the Amiibo, they tie it back to the game experience, and then we“re creating a stronger connection with general knowledge of our IP and that fun experience they have.” Of course, the collecting aspect is an unexpected yet beneficial by-product of Nintendo's original plan for amiibo, but it would seem that the company is poised to increase the amount of value they contribute toward games in the near future. Hopefully this means we'll be getting less extras based on aesthetic bonuses and more that actually enhance the gameplay, but time will tell. Source: Time.com (via Nintendo Enthusiast) Are you surprised that Nintendo never intended for amiibo to become collector's items?
  4. Nintendo of America just sent off a Press Release announcing when various amiibo figures would arrive in stores. Several of them are arriving on September 11th, 2015, including the 8-bit Mario amiibo modeled to celebrate Super Mario“s 30th Anniversary and Super Mario Maker. I got a chance to see it in action at E3 2015 back in June; that“s one of the few amiibo I“m interested in. Have you read my hands-on impressions of Super Mario Maker yet? Other amiibo launching on September 11th include: - Zero Suit Samus - Ganondorf - Olimar - Bowser Jr. - Doctor Mario On September 25th, 2015, a Retro 3 Pack featuring Duck Hunt, Mr. Game & Watch and R.O.B. is coming. The Press Release does not detail any exclusive retailers for this package, nor does it mention any conceivable way to obtain any of the Retro 3 Pack amiibos separately. If they do, I“ll amend this article. There are still plenty of amiibo that aren“t yet announced here including Mewtwo, Lucas, Ryu and Roy. And the “modern” variant of the 8-bit Mario amiibo with red and blue colors versus red and brown...is conspicuously missing from the list in the Press Release. Are you interested in any of the amiibo coming soon? Be sure to let us know!
  5. E3 is upon us, guys! How would you like to win a Mario "Silver Edition" amiibo to celebrate? How about a Pac-Man amiibo? Or perhaps a Charizard amiibo? All three? Watch this video to find out how you can win these little beauties: You have until next Friday (June 26th) Friday, July 3rd to enter each giveaway, so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck! Update: I've extended the deadline:
  6. E3 is upon us, guys! How would you like to win a Pac-Man amiibo to celebrate? Watch the video to find out how: Remember, there are now four ways to place an entry into the hat, so make sure you take advantage of all four! There is only one winner, and the giveaway ends next Friday (June 26th) Friday, July 3rd, so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck!
  7. In just six days, E3 2015 officially kicks off. By then, we'll officially know what Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda, EA Games, and Ubisoft all have in store for the rest of 2015. But Nintendo? We won't know what they have in the works until their E3 Digital Presentation kicks off on Tuesday morning. As usual, Nintendo remains equal parts predictable and wildly unpredictable. We can generally count on a healthy supply of sequels (or unhealthy, depending on how you look on it) in addition to a few surprises; some big, some small. We know Nintendo will not be discussing their mysterious next console, codenamed 'NX' this year. In many ways, this is a good thing; there is still life left in the Wii U, and perhaps even enough to last through 2016 and into 2017. And while we already know quite a bit about what's coming for the rest of 2015, we expect one or two curveballs. There may be at least one, if not two, previously unannounced big games revealed for the Fall, but what are they? We have our thoughts as to what they might be, so stick around and join us as we predict what Nintendo will announce next week. It's worth noting that we almost swept last year's predictions entirely, even if they may not have been the boldest predictions ever (hey, what can we say? We're just that good). But first, let's take a look at what we do know is coming. Star Fox Fully Revealed, Gets An Official Title Last year's E3 brought about one of the biggest surprises in years; a new console Star Fox game was in development for the first time in a decade and under Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto's supervision, no less. However, the game that was present at E3 was more of a proof of concept than the actual full-fledged game, and Miyamoto also stated that they were then looking for a co-developer to help finish the game. Expect to see and hear the near-finished version of Star Fox this time around, along with a finalized title. Yarn Yoshi, Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Devil's Third All Get Dated For Release We've been waiting for Mario Maker for a year now, and even longer for Yoshi's Woolly World and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Even Devil's Third has now been dated for release in Japan. The time is ripe for all of these big games to finally get their release windows detailed, and it seems more than likely that all four may sneak into stores before 2015 ends. Project Giant Robot and Project Guard Receive New Names, Release Windows Last year saw the debut of two quirky games that attempted to make unique use of the Wii U Gamepad, something that most games have unfortunately not been doing so thus far. While both seem to have intriguing concepts, they largely still seemed like prototypes at the time. And just like Star Fox, we imagine both games have since entered full production and will receive a final name. They could also be announced as budget titles, or may even be bundled together in the end; we'll find out for sure soon. Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Detailed Blowout This Atlus crossover has been a long time coming, and while it may have been announced just a bit too early, the time is ripe for Atlus to reveal its hand regarding the game's gameplay. We got our first glimpse of the Persona-esque world within in a teaser trailer in the last big Nintendo Direct, but now we'll finally get the details on what we can expect from the game. Will it release this year? Possibly, but my money is on seeing it in Q1/Q2 2016. You've Got Hyrule Warriors In My 3DS Yes, it's true; Hyrule Warriors is officially coming to 3DS, and with two new playable characters to boot. Definitely the biggest E3 leak on Nintendo's side thus far, you can expect to get some more details on what else the game has to offer. Will there be much amiibo support? Leaked screenshots seemed to indicate the Sonic amiibo will unlock a playable Sonic wearing Link's getup, so don't be surprised if there are additional unlockables similar to that. And now, the fun part. Here are our predictions for what Nintendo will announce next week. The Sun Rises Once Again A sequel to Golden Sun: Dark Dawn will be announced, but probably won“t come out until Q2 2016. Things have been pretty quiet on the Camelot front since Mario Tennis Open & Mario Golf: World Tour. They have to be working on something, right? Similar to the Golden Sun DS reveal in 2009, I suspect we see the beginnings of something now, with its release promised next year. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Paper Mario Unfolds A new Paper Mario game will be announced for Wii U and will return to the signature RPG gameplay from the first two games. Rumors have been circulating for the last month or so about a new Paper Mario title after a brochure from a job fair in Japan made its way around the internet, supposedly revealing a job listing for a new Paper Mario game from Intelligent Systems. If true, it isn't clear whether this would be a new game or a possible remake. Either way, a new console game in the series would be most welcome; the last was Super Paper Mario on the Wii in 2007. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief It's On Like... Diddy Kong? Retro teased E3 in a tweet recently. Here“s why I think their next game is going to be Donkey Kong-related...again. The line ”Can you dig it?“ was used here, for Donkey Kong Land 3. Considering that and the “Diddy Kong” trademark that popped up, my hopes for Retro creating a 3D Metroid or something outside of the DK-verse are...non-existent, at this point. Brace yourselves for either a Diddy Kong Racing game, or a Tropical Freeze-style Diddy“s Kong Quest. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Animals Cross Over Into HD Animal Crossing for Wii U will finally happen, and it will take things to the next level. Animal Crossing: City Folk on Wii was unfortunate; it didn't do much beyond what Wild World had established on DS (except for adding voice chat and a small town area). Thankfully, a new Animal Crossing on Wii U could remedy that. I don't know what the hook will be, but I think Nintendo learned their lesson with City Folk and will attempt to make a Wii U entry that will separate itself from what New Leaf did on 3DS. And if one of the series' producers' recent comments (or lack of comment, rather) is any hint, this is something we may see announced soon. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief Mother, Is That You? MOTHER 3 will be localized this year, and E3 2015 is where they“ll announce it. The Ness amiibo, Nintendo of America“s first manufactured piece of EarthBound merchandise in twenty years, broke GameStop. Lucas as DLC in Smash broke the Internet...and hey, he“s getting an amiibo too. There“s an “Onett Times” group on Miiverse devoted to EarthBound-specific news, which is kind of redundant if there were only plans for the one game from MOTHER. We finally got EarthBound. We“ll get MOTHER 3 next... and soon. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Let The amiibogeddon Commence Nintendo will announce new waves of amiibo, along with an all-new game that is entirely centered on them. Believe it. Nintendo has been going strong with amiibo now, and there's no reason to believe they'll stop anytime soon either. Expect to see Wave 2 of the Super Mario line announced, and featuring Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, among others (possibly Daisy?). Also, smaller waves of Star Fox, Zelda, and Animal Crossing figures will make their first appearance. A special 8-bit Mario amiibo will be released alongside Mario Maker. And to top it all off, the first ever amiibo-centric game will be announced. What will it be? Your guess is as good as mine. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief Hey! Wake up, Link! A Link Between Worlds was a very successful portable Zelda. Know what else could be (without much work) since all it would really needs to do is use that game“s engine? Link“s ReAwakening. Hyrule Warriors 3DS is a thing, so the “Zelda game before Zelda Wii U” slot is kind of filled. But if they started work on another game that uses the LBW engine right after the success of the first, it could happen. Besides...who doesn“t want to go back to Koholint Island...in a spiritual sequel...to my favorite game of all time? C“mon. -Jonathan Higgins, Managing Editor Rise, Samus A new Metroid will finally be announced (for 3DS) and it will be in the classic Super Metroid style but modernized (so, 2.5D visuals with 3D backgrounds and such). It's time. The Metroid series has been dormant for five years now, and whatever pain Metroid: Other M inflicted on fans has now largely subsided. Gamers are hungry for Samus Aran's next adventure, and what better way to return to the series than with a new, classic, side-scrolling game for 3DS. Metroid will also return to consoles at some point, but now is not the time; that's being saved for the NX's big launch debut. -Jason Clement, Editor-in-Chief And there you have it. Next week will hopefully bring a bevy of great announcements with it, so it'll be interesting to see if we hit the head on the nail with any of our predictions. What do you think we'll see in Nintendo's Digital Event? Let us know below in the comments!
  8. Jason Clement


  9. Jason Clement

    Awesome Amiibo Mods

    Decided to start this thread after seeing some of the really cool mods people have made for different Amiibo out there. One only needs to look to eBay to find all of the crazy mods people have made so far. In any case, feel free to post any Amiibo mods here that you find around the web. That said, here's an awesome Yarn Yoshi one that comes from a redditor named NLighteNd1.
  10. Do you like amiibos? How would you like to win the ultra-rare Captain Falcon amiibo? Watch this video to find out how: Remember, there are three ways to place an entry into the hat, so make sure you take advantage of all three! There is only one winner, and the giveaway ends next Friday (June 5th), so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck!
  11. This week“s Nintendo Download offers puzzle-solving, retro accessorizing, papercraft, and more. To start: amiibo Tap: Nintendo“s Greatest Bits releases for free today on the Wii U eShop. This is the software that lets you experience three minutes worth of select NES/SNES Virtual Console titles when you tap an amiibo to your Wii U system. Also available this week, on the 3DS eShop, is a demo for Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition. Are you going to give it a try? The Virtual Console gets another Nintendo 64 game this week; it“s the original Paper Mario. And don“t forget: Mega May starts next week! We“ll soon see several Mega Man games released on the Virtual Console, including Mega Man Zero 2, two more Battle Network games, and more. Last but not least, sales and themes: Games from noted devoper Shin“en will go on sale starting today until May 21st. AeternoBlade will be $7.99 (from $14.99) starting May 1st until May 17th. And Shin Megami Tensei IV will be on sale for $14.99 from May 4th ”til May 11th. Did you pick up the Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker theme that was released this past Tuesday? This week“s theme is from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Source: Press Release Will you be picking up any games or demos offered in this week“s Nintendo Download? Be sure to let us know!
  12. Do you like amiibos? How would you like to win the ultra-rare Little Mac amiibo? Watch this video to find out how: Remember, there are three ways to place an entry into the hat, so make sure you take advantage of all three! There is only one winner, and the giveaway ends this Friday (April 17th), so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck! Update: The deadline has been extended until Monday the 27th. Here's the video announcing that: Update #2: Ladies and gentlemen, a winner has been chosen: Congratulations!
  13. Do you like amiibos? How would you like to win the fabled Gold Edition of the Mario amiibo? Watch this video to find out how: Remember, there are three ways to place an entry into the hat, so make sure you take advantage of all three! There is only one winner, and the giveaway ends this Friday (April 10th), so you'd better get your entries in soon. Good luck!
  14. Jordan Haygood

    Gold Mario Indiana Jones

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    Indiana Jones carefully snagging a Mario Gold Edition amiibo.

    © Nintendo, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  15. Today was a big day for Amiibo fans as Nintendo announced a plethora of new information regarding the toys-to-life line in a new Nintendo Direct this afternoon. Starting off, Wave 4 of Amiibo (which was previously announced in January's Direct) is slated to release on May 29. Just as a reminder, the following Amiibo are a part of this wave: Ness, Charizard, Pac-Man, Wario, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Robin, and Lucina. Also announced were two additional, smaller Super Smash Bros. waves—Dark Pit and Palutena will be arriving in July, and then Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario, and Bowser Jr. will make their debut in September. Aside from those, Nintendo also announced Splatoon Amiibo would be releasing alongside the game on May 29 and would feature Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Squid. And if that wasn't enough new Amiibo for you, three different colored Yarn Yoshi Amiibo (made of actual yarn) were announced to coincide with the release of Yoshi's Woolly World later this Fall. This Amiibo will come in green, pink, and light blue colors. With all of these new Amiibo announced, it's hard to imagine what other ones could be announced for 2015 unless Nintendo is really ramping up production on them. The good news is that, for now, you have a ton to look forward to in the near future. Source: Press Release Which new Amiibo are you excited about?
  16. If you haven't seen it yet, basically it's what the title says. Years ago there was a Kirby animated series, and in one episode, a toy craze similar to what's going on with Amiibo nowadays breaks out and the Meta Knight toy is the most popular one due to a limited number of them being made. And Meta Knight's reaction to it is priceless. I was actually surprised at how ridiculously close to real life this was; it makes it even funnier when you consider that. Check it out below.
  17. Jason Clement

    What is your opinion of scalping?

    Thought this might make for an interesting discussion given all the fervor going on about Amiibo and such. Most of us know what scalping is but for those who don't, basically it's reselling something for an inflated price (like, really inflated) while said item is otherwise still being sold at MSRP. Said item is also usually extremely in-demand and or hard to get (like certain Amiibo), which leads to people buying and reselling it for profit due to limited availability. Personally, I kind of fall in the middle on this issue. I'm okay with buying one or two of something if it means making a profit on it somewhere else, though generally I don't even bother with this. Where I take issue is when someone deliberately tries to make a business model of it and purchases large quantities (or pretty much all of a store's selection) of rare or hard-to-get items, only to resell them at much higher prices than the manufacturer sells them at. My main issue with this is that the scalper is deliberately taking away from someone who might really legitimately want said item (but has trouble finding it anywhere), with the scalper only wanting to make a profit and nothing more. In any case, a legitimate question arises here: when does it not become scalping? Does the term only come into use when a hot item is still being manufactured? Or is selling things at inflated prices always consider scalping? Generally, I tend to think more towards the former; if an item is no longer being manufactured, its value (usually) increases, depending on how many exist (and what exactly it is). For example, selling sealed or new consoles or handhelds (limited editions etc.) that are consider after-market are what I consider to be legit sells, as long as the price isn't 10x or something outrageous. Basically, the market dictates how much something sells (supply and demand, all that good stuff). That said, where do you fall on the matter? Are you against scalping at all costs, or do you support it? And do you think there are times when selling above price doesn't count as scalping?
  18. News of the Third Wave amiibos broke from Japan yesterday; that much we already knew. But if the whole scare about save data on the figures didn“t get people talking yesterday, I“m certain this bit of news will. Keep an eye out for something we didn“t already know in this latest advertisement from Nintendo of America about the Third Wave amiibos: In case you didn“t catch it: “Certain retail partners will release [various] amiibos as exclusive figures. So stay tuned for details.” What does this mean? If Xenoblade Chronicles being released exclusively through Gamestop is any indication, I“ll bet Shulk“s amiibo will be released exclusively through them, and nowhere else. Oh. Wait. Looks like it“s already confirmed. Is anyone upset by the news of amiibo-exclusivity? Will this help or hurt Nintendo“s mass market appeal in the long-run?
  19. Jason Clement

    Third Wave of Amiibo Characters Announced

    Tonight, Nintendo tweeted out a picture of the characters we can expect to see in the third wave of Amiibo figures coming out in the near future. The eleven characters that make up Wave 3 include Lucario, Rosalina, Bowser, Toon Link, Sheik, Ike, Metaknight, King Dedede, Shulk, Sonic, and Mega Man. Most notably, the latter two represent the first non-Nintendo characters to receive their own Amiibo. After all of the characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U (presumably) receive their own Amiibo, it will be interesting to see if other third-party characters may get their own at a future point. For now, this third wave of Amiibo figures is scheduled to arrive on Jan. 22 in Japan; no official word on release for North America or Europe just yet, but you can expect to hear more soon. As for the second wave of figures, it was previously announced last month and only consists of six characters. Source: Twitter, Kotaku Which Amiibo figures are you most excited for in this lineup?
  20. WildCardCorsair

    What's in the Box?! Loot Crate Says Amiibos

    Loot Crate, arguably the top name in mystery box subscriptions, has officially teamed up with Nintendo to create a special Amiibo subscription service. The service will ship 10 pre-selected figures, five of which seem to be Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Fox McCloud, and Yoshi if the image on Loot Crate's page is to be any indication. There is unfortunately no pricing as of yet and details are still floating about unconfirmed (such as the 10 Amiibos shipping in three crates beginning Nov 21 and the possibility of extra Nintendo goodies to be included) but you can head over to Loot Crate's official page here and sign up to receive details as they become available. To anyone looking to pick up all of these figures anyway may find this an interesting way to build their collection. Does the Loot Crate Amiibo subscription service Ninten-do it for you?
  21. While much of Nintendo's Fall releases had been dated already (such as the upcoming 3DS title Fantasy Life and Wii U action game Bayonetta 2), release dates for two big Wii U titles had yet to be announced until yesterday. The first and arguably biggest is that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is finally confirmed to be releasing on Nov. 21, just before the start of the holiday shopping season. Also confirmed for release on the same day is the first line of Amiibo figures, which includes Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth. A newly announced second wave will release later in December, which will include Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was announced as being the first title that will support the use of Amiibo (which you simply tap to the Wii U Gamepad to activate). Other upcoming games that will also make use of them include Yoshi's Wooly World and Mario Party 10. Mario Kart 8 will also support them at a later date through an update, though no specific info was announced at this time. Last but not least, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be arriving on Dec. 5. Captain Toad's confirmation is no doubt a relief for many North American fans as it was widely speculated that the title would be pushed back to 2015 as it was for European territories recently. Source: Press Release Which of these games are you excited for?
  22. Today Nintendo fans received a number of big, exciting announcements out of the latest Japanese Nintendo Direct, but Nintendo of America also confirmed a number of bits for North America as well. Amiibo, the little interactive figures based on different Nintendo characters, have officially been priced at $12.99 each and are now available for pre-order at select retailers. The first twelve Amiibo figures to launch will be Mario, Donkey Kong, Peach, Yoshi, Link, Samus (in her power suit), Villager, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Marth, and Wii Fit Trainer. No release date has been announced just yet, so stay tuned for more info to come. New Hardware Bundles The Wii U will be receiving two new bundles soon, the first of which will be a Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set, which will include a Wii U console, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land for $299.99. Walmart will also have an exclusive bundle that includes a Wii U console and a physical version of Mario Kart 8 along with Nintendo Land, and it will also be available for $299.99. Both bundles will be available starting mid-September. Also coming are three new 2DS bundles featuring Electric Blue, Crimson Red, or Sea Green 2DS handhelds along with a download code for Mario Kart 7. Each will retail for $129.99. Release Dates Previously, we had known a number of the release dates for upcoming games such as Hyrule Warriors releasing on September 26, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS releasing on October 3, Bayonetta 2 releasing on October 24, and Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire releasing on November 21, but now we have a few new dates to add. Pokemon Art Academy now has a release date of October 24 and will teach players how to paint their favorite Pokemon using a variety of toolsl Ultimate NES Remix is coming to 3DS via retail and eShop on December 5th and will feature remixed, rapid-fire challenges across 16 classic NES games. It's unclear if this one is merely borrowing selections from both NES Remix 1 and 2, but it sounds as if this is not a collection of both of those games in their entirety. NES Remix Pack is coming to Wii U via retail and eShop also on December 5th and this will be a collection of the two previously released NES Remix games. It will also be $29.99 while each of the two individual games will remain at $14.99 each on the eShop. Fantasy Life is coming to 3DS on October 24th. This Level 5-developed RPG/simulator features the ability to control your character's destiny as you choose one of many different Life Classes that will give them a unique perspective on the world. Unfortunately, both Captain Toad Treasure Tracker and Art Academy for Wii U still do not have specific release dates but they are still slated for release before the end of the year. Upcoming 2015 Games NOA also reiterated that the following games are planned for a 2015 release. For Wii U: The Legend of Zelda (working title) Splatoon Xenoblade Chronicles X Yoshi's Wooly World Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Star Fox (working title) Mario Maker (working title) Project Giant Robot Project Guard Mario vs. Donkey Kong (working title) Mario Party 10 Devil's Third For 3DS: NFC reader/writer Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Fossil Fighters Frontier Monster Hunter 4 Are you excited for Amiibo, the new bundles, or any of the upcoming games? Let us know below!