Up until recently, amiibo had been exclusively first party affairs. There are already dozens of the evasive figures available for a wide array of Nintendo franchises, but the question always remained: will amiibo ever be utilized by third parties? This was answered by a rather surprising reveal by Yacht Club Games, where it was confirmed that a Shovel Knight amiibo will soon be proudly joining the ranks of Nintendo's range of figures. Naturally, this makes one wonder what other studios are interested in having amiibo made for their characters.
While this question may still be mostly unanswered, it has recently come to light that Keiji Inafune – Creator of Mega Man and its upcoming spiritual successor, Mighty No. 9 – is looking into how he can implement amiibo in future games he works on. When asked about amiibo in an interview with USGamer, Inafune said that it's something Comcept is looking into and that they would be interested in it if given the opportunity. The quote also seems to imply that it's being considered for Mighty No. 9, but let's hope that Comcept saves it for the sequel; this game's been delayed enough. Here's the relevant quote:
Inafune: That's definitely an option for us, and if we have the opportunity to do it, then we'll definitely take the chance. And also, we know for a fact a lot of our backers are Nintendo fans, because we ran a platform survey [for Mighty No. 9], and we see how many people are choosing Nintendo hardware. So it's definitely something we have to look into.
What do you think? Would you like to see this in Mighty No. 9's inevitable sequel? What other third party amiibo would you like to see some day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.