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#1 Edited by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

I thought I'd open up a discussion about Amiibo.

Confirmed games using Amiibo
Confirmed games using Amiibo

So far, details are scarce. But we know that Amiibo will be used in Smash Bros. The way it works is that you can buy an Amiibo figurine, and in game it will be this AI you can train and level up. How you deploy it in battle is not totally clear to me yet.

Some of the Amiibo's to launch alongside Smash. Every character will have a figurine.
Some of the Amiibo's to launch alongside Smash. Every character will have a figurine.

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to it? Will you be buying one or many? Which one do you want? How much would you pay? What other things could do they for it? How do you think the MK8 DLC will be connected with Amiibo?

Personally, when I first saw it, I was confused on what it actually did in Smash. When I learned about it, I thought it sounded like Pokemon (leveling it up, etc.), which actually sounds pretty cool. I just hope they have an interesting Amiiibo mode in Smash that's separate from the core game. Maybe like 1v1 online with your Amiibo AI, or team up with yourself+your Amiibo vs another guy+their Amiibo.

I wish NIntendo gave some more details on this at E3. It just doesn't seem very clear, and with the way they have set it up so far, I don't see it catching on with the kids (which I think is their ultimate goal).

I think I'm gonna get the Samus one. I don't want to invest in many of them.

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#2 Posted by MirkoS77 (12907 posts) -

I'm a collector of Sideshow Collectible figures, and those run in the hundreds to thousands of dollar ranges. These don't quite interest me, but if they're high quality and reasonably priced I'll look into them. I don't really understand their function aside from being able to save games. Personally I'd rather have Nintendo focus on software but don't see anything hugely wrong with this.

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#3 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (9116 posts) -

I'm definitely getting the Link and Zelda figures. Samus, Kirby, Marth, and Mario are also tempting. At first, I didn't know what to think about them. After learning what they did and what they're used for, I think it's a neat concept. My stepson will likely want Pikachu, Donkey Kong, and Mario. I wonder how much of a dent this is going to put in my wallet...

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#4 Edited by Pikminmaniac (11232 posts) -

The very first thing I thought of when they announced these amiibos was that they'd make one for my beloved, yet not particularly popular, Olimar. Pikmin merchandise is essentially non existent on this side of the world so this excited me greatly.

On the other hand, an Olimar Amiibo my be the most complicated of the bunch to produce if they intend to encase his head in that clear helmet and give him his very slim antenna. Also, would they include the pikmin in the figure as well?

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#6 Posted by OhJayDubya (1172 posts) -

I can see if these Amiibo's are successful in someway that we could see more Amiibo driven software in the future for the Wii U. I don't think it will be anything like Skylanders or Disney Infinity as that would be just saturating a fairly niche market but could imagine that some interesting concepts could come about with the use of these figures. Of course this is pure speculation but would be nice to see these figurines made more useful over the consoles life.

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#7 Posted by spike6958 (6691 posts) -

I'll be picking up some of them, that Pikachu is too cute to pass up. The only one on the image I have no interest in at all is Wii Fit Trainer.

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#8 Edited by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@Pikminmaniac said:

The very first thing I thought of when they announced these amiibos was that they'd make one for my beloved, yet not particularly popular, Olimar. Pikmin merchandise is essentially non existent on this side of the world so this excited me greatly.

On the other hand, an Olimar Amiibo my be the most complicated of the bunch to produce if they intend to encase his head in that clear helmet and give him his very slim antenna. Also, would they include the pikmin in the figure as well?

I'm actually interested in the Olimar one soon too.


So far, from the shown Amiibo's, I'm disappointed in Link and Zelda. I don't think they look very good. They also have very pale skin (like Wii Fit Trainer) and no facial detail - what's up with that? My second choice next to Samus is Marth.

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#9 Edited by nini200 (11484 posts) -
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This video sums up Amiibo simply.

I'm getting the Samus, Jigglypuff, WiiFit Trainer and Palutena ones once they release. But that's about it. However I don't think I'll use them with the games unless they unlock stuff.

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#10 Edited by thedude- (2369 posts) -

http://www.ign.com/wikis/nintendo-amiibo-figurines

I am a collector of Nintendo products, but as an application to gaming it just seems odd. You have your own Mario or Link, but its still just another Mario or Link. It has its own stats and such, but seeing your "amiibo" Mario fight NPC/human player Mario doesn't seem that important to me. As a Pokemon game application it makes more sense. Theres multiple iterations of each Pokemon.

I guess we will have to see how it is fully applied to different games.

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#11 Edited by pierst179 (10805 posts) -

I am not sure I will use them in the games.

They will, however, be making their way onto my shelf!

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#12 Edited by freedom01 (3022 posts) -

at first I had no interest on these when they were first announced, but after seeing how they are used, I will definitely be getting many of them especially Mario, Marth, Link, Samus, Kid Icarus, Kirby, Yoshi, Fox, and Pikachu

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#13 Posted by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

I'll probably pick up a few of them once I figure out what characters I'll use the most in SSB. Definitely interested in Marth and Link, but I'll see what other characters catch my eye in the future.

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#14 Posted by zeroyaoi (2458 posts) -

I'm definitely collecting them. :P

Wouldn't it be amazing if the platinum reward was a limited edition amiibo figurine.

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#15 Edited by freedom01 (3022 posts) -

@zeroyaoi said:

I'm definitely collecting them. :P

Wouldn't it be amazing if the platinum reward was a limited edition amiibo figurine.

that would be really nice

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#16 Posted by ANIMEguy10034 (4954 posts) -

I initially decided to avoid these like the plague, but then I realized that these would look cool next to my Monster Hunter figurines. I'm planning on buying the Samus and Megaman ones for my shelf.

@zeroyaoi said:

Wouldn't it be amazing if the platinum reward was a limited edition amiibo figurine.

I'll be awfully disappointed if they don't do this.

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#17 Posted by FFCYAN (4964 posts) -

As long as they're of high quality, I will probably buy every single one of them.

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#18 Posted by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@zeroyaoi said:

I'm definitely collecting them. :P

Wouldn't it be amazing if the platinum reward was a limited edition amiibo figurine.

Man people will go crazy for those.

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#19 Posted by 93BlackHawk93 (8490 posts) -

I'm getting them purely on appearance.

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#20 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18695 posts) -

I won't be getting any of them I'd rather play Smash myself than train an AI to play it for me.

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#21 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

I want the samus just because it looks like a quality figurine I probably wont actually use it as intended, it will be decorative.

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#22 Posted by thedude- (2369 posts) -

I do not see the appeal of having a transportable pet for SSB4. You can customize an NPC and then transport it to your friends house through a physical toy. Why cant you just sign in with your NNID or simply upload online? It looks like they are going to add this physical middle man toy thing to games where the competition has been integrating with online interface through customized profiles.

I could see certain features only unlockable through these toys when some people would just like to download DLC.

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#23 Posted by superbuuman (6087 posts) -

no Zero Suit Samus?... :(

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#24 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

@thedude- said:

I do not see the appeal of having a transportable pet for SSB4. You can customize an NPC and then transport it to your friends house through a physical toy. Why cant you just sign in with your NNID or simply upload online? It looks like they are going to add this physical middle man toy thing to games where the competition has been integrating with online interface through customized profiles.

I could see certain features only unlockable through these toys when some people would just like to download DLC.

It kind of proves that Nintendo still loves gimmicks and figure they can sell them like hotcakes to make up for smaller install base. In their defense a lot of Nintendo fans who should be wiser DO eat this shit up.

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#25 Posted by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@superbuuman: They said they wanted to do one for every Smash character. So I think there will be one of her.

@mattykovax: In defense of the fans, they buy what they want. They didn't buy Wii Music. But will buy figurines. There's nothing wrong with liking figurines.

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#26 Posted by zeroyaoi (2458 posts) -

@freedom01: Did you reach platinum last year?

@ANIMEguy10034: Prepare to be disappointed. :0

@trugs26: wouldn't be surprised. Feel bad for missing out on the Luigi figure.

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#27 Edited by freedom01 (3022 posts) -

@zeroyaoi said:

@freedom01: Did you reach platinum last year?

@ANIMEguy10034: Prepare to be disappointed. :0

@trugs26: wouldn't be surprised. Feel bad for missing out on the Luigi figure.

I reached up to gold only, got the calender. This yeah though, I got up to platinum. looking forward on what rewards there are

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#28 Edited by bunchanumbers (5709 posts) -

Hoping for a Toad and Toadette set. Oh and they better have Captain Toad as well. I might buy a Yoshi figurine just so I can position my Toads to look like they're beating him up.

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#29 Posted by superbuuman (6087 posts) -
@trugs26 said:

@superbuuman: They said they wanted to do one for every Smash character. So I think there will be one of her.

Hope so, only interested in Samus in Suit, & Zero Suit Samus. :P

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#30 Edited by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

@trugs26:

I am not saying there is. I plan on getting a Samus myself as I said, purely for the figurine reason. Does not change the fact that it is another Gimmick that seems based off skylanders and infinity, that Nintendo is exploiting, and the more that are bought the more they will exploit it.

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#31 Posted by Sphensen (1168 posts) -
@thedude- said:

http://www.ign.com/wikis/nintendo-amiibo-figurines

I am a collector of Nintendo products, but as an application to gaming it just seems odd. You have your own Mario or Link, but its still just another Mario or Link. It has its own stats and such, but seeing your "amiibo" Mario fight NPC/human player Mario doesn't seem that important to me. As a Pokemon game application it makes more sense. Theres multiple iterations of each Pokemon.

I guess we will have to see how it is fully applied to different games.

Pokémon makes the most since to me too. You're hanging out at your house training your pokemon then you port them to your NFC Pokeballs head over to your friends house and battle

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#32 Edited by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@mattykovax said:

@trugs26:

I am not saying there is. I plan on getting a Samus myself as I said, purely for the figurine reason. Does not change the fact that it is another Gimmick that seems based off skylanders and infinity, that Nintendo is exploiting, and the more that are bought the more they will exploit it.

Fair enough. I just didn't like your wording of "...should be wiser...". I know what I'm getting myself into, and I think eating this shit up is a wise thing to do if you want high quality Nintendo figurines.

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#33 Posted by TilxWLOC (1164 posts) -

I didn't care at first, but they look pretty good, and I do "need" to start collecting more than just games.

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#34 Posted by zeroyaoi (2458 posts) -

@TilxWLOC: why is that?

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#35 Posted by Pikminmaniac (11232 posts) -

@trugs26 said:

@Pikminmaniac said:

The very first thing I thought of when they announced these amiibos was that they'd make one for my beloved, yet not particularly popular, Olimar. Pikmin merchandise is essentially non existent on this side of the world so this excited me greatly.

On the other hand, an Olimar Amiibo my be the most complicated of the bunch to produce if they intend to encase his head in that clear helmet and give him his very slim antenna. Also, would they include the pikmin in the figure as well?

I'm actually interested in the Olimar one soon too.

So far, from the shown Amiibo's, I'm disappointed in Link and Zelda. I don't think they look very good. They also have very pale skin (like Wii Fit Trainer) and no facial detail - what's up with that? My second choice next to Samus is Marth.

Yeah Samus is easily the most gorgeous of these figures. Her design and metalic sheen make for a very sleek figure. I'm also going to pick up DK because that character means a lot to me personally

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#36 Posted by meetroid8 (21152 posts) -

I have no interest in any feature of a game that is only available if I pay extra money beyond what I already paid for the game itself. This is a cash grab, plain and simple.

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#37 Edited by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@meetroid8 said:

I have no interest in any feature of a game that is only available if I pay extra money beyond what I already paid for the game itself. This is a cash grab, plain and simple.

That's an outdated and illogical view. So to clarify, it seems like you're against DLC too right?

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#38 Posted by Kenny789 (10434 posts) -

I'd honestly get them just to display and not to use in games.

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#39 Edited by TilxWLOC (1164 posts) -

@zeroyaoi: I'd really like to start collecting more video game memorabilia and at the moment I only collect games. It probably won't happen though, I can barely afford games (which have a higher value to me).

There is nothing big-- or even interesting behind it.

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#40 Posted by thedude- (2369 posts) -

It would be nice if you could scan the amiibos and not open up the box. This would accommodate the collector crowd.

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#41 Posted by trugs26 (7527 posts) -

@thedude- said:

It would be nice if you could scan the amiibos and not open up the box. This would accommodate the collector crowd.

Good idea. Can Skylanders or Infinity do that at the moment?

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#42 Posted by thedude- (2369 posts) -

@trugs26 said:

@thedude- said:

It would be nice if you could scan the amiibos and not open up the box. This would accommodate the collector crowd.

Good idea. Can Skylanders or Infinity do that at the moment?

Trugs I googled searched it and this is exactly what I am talking about, except this guy is basically getting free content. Maybe Nintendo can do allow an un opened box with a a tab you pull off allowing for a box scan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpw5Gb8h2Jc

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#43 Edited by jlezotte08 (25 posts) -

@trugs26:

Skylanders could. You could only fit two characters on the portal. They had to stay on it at all times so you couldnt use the little items like the potion bottle, but you made it through the game without it.

I was really hoping for that kind of gameplay in ssbm. Skylanders was magical. Amiibos thus far are just frustrating paperweights.

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#44 Posted by Collie_Lover (952 posts) -

I started with Disney Infinity, but will pick up some of the common Amiibos later. Since I don't have Smash yet the figures are not going to do a lot for me at this time. I think it was very clever how Nintendo used the Gamepad to scan the figures in. I am betting that Nintendo will eventually make a full-fledged "Nintendo Infinity" game similar to Disney Infinity or Skylanders, but maybe not until next generation. Nintendo already has a vast history of content to draw upon that is a battle-tested formula for success. If they decide to do it full force it will be a very polished game, and will be loved by the Nintendo fan masses (including me). I don't know if Nintendo would have enough time to start a project of this size for the Wii U, but it could extend the life of this present console for many more years to come if they did, which I would personally welcome since I just got my console Christmas 2014.

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#45 Edited by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

@yokofox33 said:

I'll probably pick up a few of them once I figure out what characters I'll use the most in SSB. Definitely interested in Marth and Link, but I'll see what other characters catch my eye in the future.

Wow. I said this almost 7 months ago. I have all 18 figures currently out right now and have the next wave of 11 all pre-ordered. I'm a fucking wreck with these things.

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#46 Posted by CountBleck12 (4740 posts) -

I'm only getting a few of these amiibos, I only have Fox so far. Planning on getting Kirby, Meta Knight, and Falco.

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#47 Edited by CrillanK (264 posts) -

@CountBleck12: Better keep watching for Meta Knight. He's exclusive to Best Buy and preorders have been sold out.

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#48 Posted by CountBleck12 (4740 posts) -

@CrillanK said:

@CountBleck12: Better keep watching for Meta Knight. He's exclusive to Best Buy and preorders have been sold out.

Well, ****. I didn't pre-order it. Knowing Nintendo, it's probably going to be a while till they have more in stock sadly.

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#49 Posted by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

Not to mention Bestbuy has been fucking terrible with their Amiibo pre-orders. I've heard nightmare stories about in-store pre-orders being lost, never arriving, or sold to others and online pre-orders don't ship on time and arrive in poor condition. My Pit from Bestbuy arrived completely broken.

All I'm hoping from Bestbuy is that my Metaknight arrives in one piece. I have all my other pre-orders at Gamestop. I can actually trust them.

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#50 Posted by onesiphorus (2193 posts) -

It is now the 9th, and Target has yet to have another pre-order run for its exclusive Rosalina amiibo. I may have to wait until February.