Releasing on December 19th, 2014 are six new Amiibo Nintendo figurines for Super Smash Bros. 3DS & Super Smash Bros. Wii U. This will bring the line-up of Nintendo Smash Bros. toys to 18 total ($13 / €16 / £10 per toy).
If you haven’t heard of Amiibo, watch this video.
The new Amiibo include:
1. Captain Falcon from F-Zero
2. Princess Zelda from the Zelda series
3. Luigi from the Mario series
4. Little Mac from Punch-Out
5. Pit from Kid Icarus
6. Diddy Kong from Donkey Kong Country
Here’s the new December 2014 Amiibo Character Figures image gallery.
Click on any of these image thumbnails to see the full-size photos:
In Nintendo’s case, Smash Bros. fans can from choose from Nintendo’s iconic line-up of characters, with experience data that saves directly to the toy as they level-up and customize their figure in the game. They can then bring that figure over to a friends house and battle it against their friends.
The new figures will be released on November 18, 2014 across Europe, although North America and other territories don’t have an exact date yet. It’s sure to be this holiday however, just in time for the 2014 Christmas shopping season.
Amiibo currently only work with the upcoming Super Smash Bros. on Wii U that hits shelves on November 21, 2014 in the U.S. & December 5th & 6th in Europe & Australia.
Thankfully, in 2015 Amiibo will also be compatible with Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, as Nintendo is releasing a “New 3DS” line of upgraded handhelds that includes a built-in NFC [Near-Field Communication] scanner, which allows you to use Amiibo with the 3DS.
Other big 2015 Nintendo games for Wii U will also support Amiibo, including Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (dropping December 5th, but won’t support Amiibo until next-year), Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mario Party 10 and the already-released Mario Kart 8.
Sales of Amiibo have been incredibly high pre-release, reaching 9 out of the top 10 in the videogame overall category on Amazon (no mean feat), and sales of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS have already topped 3 million worldwide (digital & physical); so Nintendo is poised to have a huge hit on it’s hands this holiday once all 16 Amiibo and both versions of Nintendo’s brawling juggernaut franchise are out on both platforms.
As of August, all 10 of the Amiibo figures were the best-selling physical gaming items on Amazon, with Link being the best-selling Amiibo figure at #3 on the Amazon sales charts. Here is how the other Amiibo stacked up in the Amazon top 20, note that Villager & Wii Fit Trainer failed to make the top 20.
Amiibo Amazon August 2014 Sales Figures
15. Donkey Kong
It remains to be seen whether the Amiibo line will be enough to significantly boost sales of the flagging Wii U console… But I’d wager a bet that it’s going to do some significant damage.I don’t yet own a Wii U myself, but I CAN’T WAIT to get one so we can Smash it up (something me & my friends still do regularly with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, we even still hold Brawl tournaments!).
Out of the Amiibo lineup, I got my eyes on Samus Aran, my favorite bounty hunter, along with Peach, who is one of my favorite Smash characters.
And of the 6 new Amiibo, I got my eyes set on that GORGEOUS Princess Zelda figurine!
I’m really bummed that there isn’t a Toad Amiibo (Toad being my favorite Nintendo character).
I’m hoping we’ll see one released alongside Captain Toad’s Treasure Trackers this December. *crosses fingers*
What Amiibos are you excited to pick up?
Do you think Amiibo will be as popular as Skylanders or Disney Infinity?
Is there room for 3 Toys-to-Life games on the market at once? Or is this a dying fad?