The most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts unsurprisingly devoted a segment to Splatoon, a major release on Wii U that's arriving at the end of May. Part of this segment was confirmation that the rumours of Splatoon amiibo were accurate, with three toys on the way - Squid, Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling.

Clarity on what these toys will unlock in game is always welcome, and the official US Tumblr page has now provided a solid translation of what these will offer. Aside from looking neat, they'll unlock in-game challenges within the single player mode.

Splatoon Amiibo

Splatoon amiibo box report! So…check this out. This is kinda crazy. One of our interns discovered this amiibo box off in the corner of Inkopolis plaza! From what we're hearing, using an Inkling amiibo in front of this thing will bring it to life in the game! Apparently each amiibo will offer 20 challenges that will really put your Octo Valley skills to the test! Oh, it's on, amiibo. It. Is. ON!

Unlocks using amiibo vary a great deal between games, varying from characters to level up, simple skins, additional puzzles or even entire modes. We'd say 20 challenge stages isn't too bad an unlock with these new toys.

Let us know what you think in the comments. A great deal, decent but unremarkable, or a tad disappointing?

Update:

Another post outlines how beating enough challenges will unlock a 'special challenge' to unlock unique gear.

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Splatoon amiibo challenge report! We've just confirmed that completing enough challenges will unlock a special challenge, and if you beat it, the amiibo will reward you with some exclusive in-game gear! Sounds like you can earn different weapons, headgear, and clothing from each Inkling amiibo. Brb gotta go take some deep breaths, this is way too exciting!

[via splatoonus.tumblr.com]