Here's How Amiibo Work With Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Plus, unlock mysterious upgrades.


Nintendo has released a new trailer for Metroid Prime: Federation Force, showing off how Amiibo will function with the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title.

The video shows that, by touching either the Samus or Zero Suit Samus figures to the 3DS' NFC reader, new mech paints can be unlocked for Blast Ball matches.

According to the Nintendo of America Twitter account, both Samus Amiibo will also unlock "helpful in-game upgrades," but details as to exactly what these are have not yet been revealed.

The Nintendo of America Twitter account has also posted pictures of Mario- and Bowser-themed mechs, which are also unlocked by touching the appropriate Amiibo figures to the 3DS.

Nintendo previously announced the Metroid Prime: Federation Force release date as August 19 in North America and September 2 in Europe. The European release date was confirmed on the Nintendo UK Twitter account.

Revealed at E3 2015, Federation Force is a Metroid spinoff that is being developed by Next Level Games, the team behind Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe is overseeing the project.

Gameplay is focused on multiple players cooperating to complete objectives. Federation Force will also feature Blast Ball, a 3v3 competitive game where teams compete to shoot a large ball into a goal.

The game's chibi visual style, and the fact that series protagonist Samus isn't the main character, resulted in fans criticising Nintendo for not doing the Metroid franchise justice.

Following its reveal, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said Nintendo knows what its fans want, but "will also push the envelope in developing something that we know is high-quality and that we know will deliver in the marketplace."

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