Gold Mario Amiibo

This weekend - from 3rd to 5th April - the Anaheim Convention Center in California will be taken over by WonderCon, an expo that celebrates films, TV, comics and video games. It's an extravaganza of noise, excitement and cosplay, and Nintendo of America has announced its plans for its own booth and events at the expo.

There'll be a variety of events and competitions, such as a social media campaign in which attendees can try and win Splatoon prizes. One of the most fun announcement relates to amiibo, as attendees are invited to take along their trained-up Super Smash Bros. amiibo to enter virtual battles. Winners will win figures, with those in first place scooping a Gold Mario amiibo; this toy is due individually in stores this weekend, but will likely be hard to find. The amiibo contests - for which 32 spots are first-come-first-serve from an hour before each tournament - will run at the following times (all local time):

  • Friday, April 3 - 2pm
  • Friday, April 3 - 5pm
  • Saturday, April 4 - 11am
  • Saturday, April 4 - 4pm
  • Sunday, April 5 - 11:30am
  • Sunday, April 5 - 3:30pm

While Capcom's Monster Hunter-themed caravan will be at the show, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate director Kaname Fujioka and series executive producer Ryozo Tsujimoto will also be hosting a developer's panel - that's on Sunday 5th April at 1:30pm in Room 300DE of the venue.

Finally, the following games will be playable at the Nintendo booth:

Let us know what you think of this line-up and whether you're planning to head to WonderCon this week.