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Gaming News:Nintendo to Create Line of Amiibo Cards

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Speaking in a third quarter financial briefing today, Satoru Iwata revealed plans to create card-form amiibos. 

 

 

This news comes after Iwata stated that, "we had already shipped 5.7 million units worldwide by the end of last year. Amiibo is performing especially well in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Some figures are sold out and are being sold at online auctions at premium prices – something which none of us had predicted." Iwata goes on to mention the plans to create amiibo cards, "in contrast to the current figure-shaped amiibo available, we will make amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October."

 

Beyond the new form Amiibos could be taking in the future, Iwata elaborated on plans to further Amiibo functionality:

We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your amiibo in the first half of this year. With this app, once you tap your amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES. You cannot play the entire game due to a time limit, but another tap of the amiibo will enable you to try another highlighted scene in the game. We hope that when you tap your amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge.

Nintendo also plans to aggressively pursue amiibo functionality for both the New 3DS XL and previous iterations of the 3DS through more interactive opportunities and an external NFC reader for older 3DS handhelds. 


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