E3 2014: Getting To Grips With Amiibo, Nintendo's Revolutionary Take On NFC Toys
Posted by Damien McFerran
Make some space on your shelves
We all knew that Nintendo's "figurine platform" would be shown off at E3, but now it has a shiny new name: Amiibo. Taking inspiration from the likes of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, Amiibo is based around character toys blessed with NFC tech which can be read by the Wii U GamePad (and an optional 3DS accessory which is due next year).
Unlike its rivals, Amiibo is going to offer wider possibilities by allowing figures to be used in multiple games from different genres — for example, Nintendo has already confirmed that Smash Bros. Wii U, Mario Party 10 and Mario Kart 8 will all support Amiibo toys, which makes the concept much better value for money than its competitors.
Given the massive popularity of Nintendo's characters — a cast which is arguably as famous as Disney's stable — it's hard to see how Amiibo can be anything less than a massive success. Our friends over at Family Gamer TV have had some hands-on time with the figures at E3 2014, so be sure to check out the video below and let us know what you think.