It wasn't so long ago that developer comments regarding Hyrule Warriors led some to believe that amiibo support wouldn't be included, yet Nintendo of America has now confirmed quite the opposite — the Link amiibo toy will be compatible with Koei Tecmo's action title.
You can see the tweet below, which oddly includes a rather wonky low-resolution image and — if you want to be picky — a typo [Update, the tweet has been deleted and reposted, with an improved image and without the typo].
As Link's the only compatible figurine so far, it opens the possibility that some games will be character-specific, as opposed to supporting the whole range. Which figurines will work with what games — out of the confirmed batch of titles — is just one of a number of questions still surrounding Nintendo's upcoming toy range; it'll initially support Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the most significant way.
As the tweet above makes clear more details will be released in good time, though it'll be interesting to see whether other Legend of Zelda amiibo toys will also be compatible with Hyrule Warriors, and what exactly the NFC figurines will do in the game.
Are you excited about this? What do you want amiibo to do in Hyrule Warriors? Let us know.
That's really interesting. I wonder what they could possibly use it for?
Huh. I wonder what it could be?
This has peaked my curiosity. Wonder what it'll do? Will it be like in Smash Bros.? Or will it be something else?
Yay! That's the one I'm getting!
I am amazed (or baffled) that they announce this until now, nearly a month after the game released, and so little details about it.
This concerns me a bit. Having games that are only compatible with specific amiibos could cause problems for the whole platform.
@sinalefa It's probably a late decision made by Tecmo Koei, not a decision made by Nintendo. Someone (Reggie or Miyamoto) said that they would open up Amiibos for 3rd party developers. It would be cool to see if indie games could do something innovative with them.
Short of taking your leveled Link over to a friend's house to play local co-op, I can't imagine what kind of functionality this could have. And even that feels kind of unnecessary, to be honest.
Amiibo, the more I hear, the less I know about them XD
Really hope the interaction with HW will be something interesting and not a simple "Summon Link on the battlefield for help your army" thing.
As the Princess Zelda amiibo is one of the first I intend to grab (I plan to grab Samus and Zelda first, and probably Link at some later point), I wonder if she will be compatible as well?
Perhaps it unlocks the previously preorder exclusive costumes?
I wonder if the Amiibo contains the preorder DLC.
Really hope this will give us better allies, since in the game they usually just sit there and do nothing. lol
The Pre Order DLC will become available on the Eshop in due time. So I don't expect that to be in the figure
@bstoppel Especially as the whole selling point was the opposite.
@sinalefa - Welcome to my world, where Nintendo constantly baffles me.
So, ya gonna get HW now?
Oh, and this is funny as I just posted yesterday that HW should have amiibo support and Mario should be playable to balance out Link being in Mario Kart 8 DLC.
As for what a Link amiibo would do in HW - probably the same as amiibo in SSBU, unplayable character pets. But it would be cool to always have Link as your wingman. The engine should be able to handle it since it can do couch co-op.
So yeah, put me down as excited.
My my this game is full of surprises. First I discovered that certain non-boss enemies are weak to certain sub weapons like Aeralfos to hookshot when flying, now this. I wasn't planning to get a link amiibo but now this news peak my curiousity.
They would be stupid not to incorporate both the Link and Zelda amiibo figures into the game (if they plan on releasing Sheik and/or Toon Link figurines in the near future, then they should incorporate those as well).
I have two choices: one is getting it along with Bayo 2 this Friday (although you may guess which game will be played and which one will be left untouched) or wait for BF to see if I can find it cheaper. DLC means it will actually be $80 full price, regardless of the amount of content.
And about Amiibo, I sometimes feel that Nintendo shares my viewpoint. The NFC seems secondary to them, it appears to me that they are banking on the brand power and have the toys sell on looks alone, and what they do ingame goes later.
Well I'm getting Mario, DK and Link day one anyway for MK8. I got more reason to buy HW now like @sinalefa. I'd buy the season pass first but I'll wait for a price drop of the main game though.
My bet on amiibo's functionality on HW will be just some unique costumes unlock since the amiibo Link Smash Bros will utilize its data more on Smash.
It could be, but it is not like Nintendo has given a lot of details regarding Amiibo in first party games either.
And that indie part sounds great, actually. I would love to have an Armillo, Scram Kitty or Shovel Knight Amiibo.
@sinalefa - Yeah, you really should wait on HW until you exhaust B1 and B2, which Im likely not getting until Christmas. HW is very addictive and it eats up time unlocking stuff, and the battle control buttons are opposite, I couldn't barely play the B2 demo after a long HW session.
Which amiibo do you think we'll get first, Wonder Red or Bayonetta? (They really both should be in SSBU.)
Seems like i'm definitely getting Link's Amiibo now since it will be used in Hyrule Warriors, MK8 & Smash all this year.
Yes, but What. Does. It. DOOOOO?!?!
They need to confirm this for more games now.
Only knowing Smash Bros this close to release imo is poor and the reason why I'm hardly interested.
@bstoppel WHAT? That's the point of it, the amiibos (unlike the skylanders/Disney Infinity) are compatible with more than 1 game, that means that some of them are going to be useful with other titles (eg. link in hyrule warriors, mario characters in mario kart 8, smash characters in smash bros), it makes sense (I don't see why a mario amiibo should be compatible with hyrule warriors).
@sinalefa I interpreted it the other way around when I read it a couple months ago: that the SDK would be able to detect and read/write to any Nintendo Amiibo. But now I can't find the quote I was thinking about, so perhaps I just got it all wrong.
But what if i want to get the Mr Game & Watch Amiibo. Surely nothing will take advantage of it outside of Smash.
I sure hope Amiibos are priced in accordance to their usability.
Good thing I'm a Link main.
@sinalefa you're not new to Nintendo are you?
For me, functionality is having nothing to do with my Amiibo orders.
So far I'm just going after ones that, as characters, have never had a figure release and are not currently available as fantastic figmas.
I'm waiting on custom mii of your own mii. Levelling yourself up over many games would be cool.
That is pretty cool. I hope more 3rd parties jump on the amiibo bandwagon. I wonder if the Zelda amiibo will be patched in as well?
There is already too much content in this game! And we still get 3 more DLC's! I might put buying Bayonetta 2 on hold until my addiction to this game wanes, assuming it will fade...
I'm one of the few nintendo lifers who never really got into smash bros. I love hyrule warriors however and now it seems i'll have a reason to open my link amiibo.
@sinalefa Shovel Knight amiibo for Smash would conquer the Universe.
Totally lost interest in Amiibos, expensively glorified memory cards in my eyes.
What's happening with the other platform Nintendo promised to talk about? QoL? Not one word.
What's next? Amiibo support for Gyromite?
Is it just me, or does the actual (Link) amiibo look pretty bad?
Updated the Tweet, NoA posted a new one without the typo and awful image, huzzah!
That makes me buy the Link Amiibo.
Now, that got me started and I want a Cia Amiibo. I like her eyes.
@bstoppel why? Nintendo said from the start that the amiibo would work with various games and not just smash. So it makes sense for some amiibo to work with some games and not others. I don't expect Wii Fit Trainer to work with Captain Toad.
Speaking of which I wonder if Captain Toad and Toadette are getting amiibo?
I ordered the Samus one to start with, but I guess this means I'll be adding Link to my Amazon cart, too. (sigh) The mass exodus of money from my wallet has begun...
I was planning to pick up the Link and Zelda amiibo. I wasn't planning to actually use them. I just they looked nice. I may end up using them now if Hyrule Warriors supports one or both of them.
Neat, that gives me hope for a Skull Kid amiibo, since he will CLEARLY be released for the Majora's Mask pack!
... I hope.
I'm assuming this direct coming on Thursday will finally answer some questions involving the amiibos in general in the process. Well, at least I'm hoping it does. There's too much mystery revolved around these things to get overly excited on my end. Yes, they're decent figures (not by any means the best), and yes, there's some functionality with smash and other games, but for Nintendo to put out these figures with very little back-story to this point with less than a month away is very odd.
Other than the possibility of "leveling-up" an AI fighter or whatever in smash (kind of a throw-away function if you ask me), and looking cool on a desk, why MUST I buy amiibos (from a gaming perspective), Nintendo? I'm close to pulling the trigger with these things, but I would hope they know what they've released so far on them is sub-par to say the least. To add on to that, it's really hard to hype this up to others I know who are partially interested in getting a Wii U for smash bros.
To put it simply, I have yet to categorize amiibos under "video games"; right now they're filed under "desk ornaments".
If we ever get both (instabuys for me, of course), I would say Bayonetta because she has two games under her belt. And obviously it will make for a very attractive Amiibo
I am not new, but I usually cope with their peculiar way of thinking/acting. The whole Amiibo stuff should have been handled better, even for their standards.
This reignites the one big question that's bugging me about amiibo: will Nintendo be in charge of the entire product line, or will they allow 2nd- and 3rd-party developers to bring out some? Because if other companies than Nintendo did that, I'd prepare myself for some really great stuff!
Let me guess, gives you a ''free'' DLC.
I am guessing that Thursday's Direct will deal with Amiibo at some level. I've got a feeling that this may be a badly done PR tweet, and doesn't really give the full story on compatibility.
*scarf sold separately
Does 'compatible' mean 'stands on top of the Wii U while you play Hyrule Warriors'?
@NintyMan It's probably just something like an update on the same day as the Twilight Princess DLC adding Amiibo functionality but Link being the only LoZ character released by then.
I would like a Sheik Amiibo then.. AND a Shulk Amiibo would be fantastic!
People said I was crazy saying Hyrule Warriors would get Amiibo support...
Still completely uninterested in buying an Amiibo but hey if they work with other games, then I guess it's a good thing for the people who DO want them.
If it improves the ally AI in the game then i'm all for it!
I must say that they're not so great at building up hype for this. "Look at these cool, pricy toys! You're going to want one but you have NO IDEA WHY." I'm also not trying to have dates come over and see a collection of toys. Hahaha. But still, I do hope it does something cool that normal DLC content wouldn't cover.
they just keep adding more stuff to hyrule warriors! i can't contain my body!!!!
well i already pre-ordered mario and DK, looks like I'll be needing link, and i assume Zelda, sheik and ganondorf in the future.
I would think these will be tag along fighters.
If we all buy enough Captain Falcons would that mean Nintendo would hurry the heck up with F-Zero UX?
@Tender_Cutlet To be honest I think Nintendo's acting as Mario Kart 8 is the replacement for F-Zero and that Ridley being playable in Smash is sadly much more likely than a new F-Zero game happening.
It probably lets you unlock the pre order exclusive costumes or more. Same with Zelda and potentially Ganondorf. Or this one unlocks them all
I imagine it's functionality will be very similar to Smash. Probably simple leveling and statistic saves. It will be cool if you can also use it as a customizable A.I. sidekick. I already plan on getting Mario, Link, and Villiger first both because of my love of those franchises and potential Mario Kart DLC compatibility. You never know with Nintendo.
After that when I have the money I'll probably buy more Mario based figurines for obvious reasons.
Hopefully this leads to some Hyrule Warrior Amiibos! I'd love for a Lana, Midna, Girahim, etc. Figure!
Really hope they figure out what Amiibos do. If some games are character specific that will throw things off a bit and make it even more confusing.
Just preordered the Link Amiibo before it's Amazon price shoots up it's so perfect seeing as he was going to be the Amiibo I'd get this year
I may have to switch my mario amibo preorder to link because of this lol
The preorder DLC costumes are exclusive to specific stores and won't be included as part of the Amiibo feature.
@Stu13 my thoughts exactly
From the article:
"As Link's the only compatible figurine so far, it opens the possibility that some games will be character-specific, as opposed to supporting the whole range" Are there really going to be people going "I brought my DK Amiibo! I want DK as playable in Zelda U!1!!1!!" ? I hope not, but this is the internet after all...
I REALLY hope nobody thinks that any game, aside from smash, is going to "support" all the Amiibos! Not that Nintendo is helping with their marketing and information campaign on the subject...
As I have said countless (ok maybe 5) times, Nintendo needs to make sports franchises that utilize the Amiibo's + stock characters as the players. Do something to break EA's stranglehold on sports franchises!
Was the typo "Lonk"?
Really glad to find out that the plain old Smash Amiibos will be compatible with more than just Smash. I was really expecting nintendo to just cash in for different statues required for different games.
I'm not quite sure why they are making amiibos for every Smash Bros character. They want to show how they will be compatible with multiple games, eventually. Their first move is to release a set mostly consisting of amiibos that will never be compatible with any other game. There will likely never be a use for your Mr. Game and Watch Amiibo, or your Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo. The only think it might do is pressure developers to include Amiibo in a game they might not, because the character already has an Amiibo. Either way, the best way to get your money's worth for these things will be to buy a Mario one, even if others are cooler.
Aww. I was hoping I could use Fox to take down the armies with an Arwing.
Oh well, I can still dream.
I'll wait for the inevitable holiday bundle with Hyrule Warriors and Link amiibo.
I'd assume it would do something weird like unlock a Scarfless Link in HW, or maybe the ability to play as Link w/o the DLC in Mario Kart 8. what else to do with Amiibos in games where statistics might not be that clearcut, especially if it only holds Figure Fighter data for Smash? Only issue is the unlockability aspect and maybe courses for MK8.
If it's a perma unlock, then they might lose potential DLC sales from people simply swapping Amiibos, if it's limited unlocks, then it kinda forces the usage, only other option is a time-based system that uses a Nintendo ID, or personally number the Amiibos themselves which might prove to be prone to hacking. (if older Skylander figure data is a vision into what could be editing)
If it's DLC, then that would essentially be on-disc dlc, as the game has to have the data in the disc in order for the amiibo to unlock. A better thing for the amiibo is if it unlocks an exclusive weapon and outfit for that character. Nothing too important or powerful.
I wonder what they will do. And I say they, because I guess the Zelda, Sheik and Ganondorf Amiibo will also be compatible. And maybe even Toon Link (just maybe). If its interesting, I might buy it.
I'm guessing Nintendo will eventually release a free game which will utilize all the amiibos like Disney Infinity and Skylanders.
i wonder if playing in Hyrule will level up your character stats that can then be used in Smash Bros if so it would create buyer incentive over several game platforms as without all related games you couldnt achieve the highest character strengths. Why the hell do we not have a Pokemon Amiibo game surely that is a licence to print money 100's of figures....gotta catch em all
@Mega719 That actually makes sense!
Possibilities for amiibo in Hyrule Warriors... Perhaps dropping an extra character into battle to give you support, with the ability to switch between characters and be able to play as either one at any given time in the battle. Perhaps levelling up your character and taking it to a friend's house to drop your upgraded character into their game to play co-op.
With the recent DLC announcements, maybe there's a new mode coming that would support amiibo exclusively (this is probably not very likely).
The action could also be cross-compatible with Smash, where levelling your characters up in either game counts toward your stats in the other. All speculation, though I'm sure we're bound to see something interesting.
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