Nintendo may be the underdog in this generation of console gaming, but their future certainly looks bright. The release of any typical Nintendo game (such as Mario Kart for example) always seems to breathe new life into the brand. Their latest title is Super Smash Bros. 3DS, which I loved to bits. Nintendo have just recently announced the release date for the Wii U version and the first of their Amiibo powered figurines.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U will be landing in America on November 21st, Europe on December 5th, and Australia and Japan on December 6th. We fall under Europe of course, so expect the title just in time for our holiday period. The game works surprisingly well on the 3DS, and it’s sold really well too! Nintendo America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, Scott Moffitt, gives the breakdown of sales and the good holiday period that awaits the organisation and its fans (via Polygon):
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great. Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.
I had all but forgotten about the Amiibo functionality built into the Wii U. Basically, it’s Nintendo’s answer to the likes of Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Here’s the first trailer from E3 earlier this year:
According to Nintendo Life, the first wave of the figurines will land in Europe on the 28th of November. The starting 12 are Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth. On the 19th of December (coincidentally just in time for Christmas), Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit, and Captain Falcon will be available.
They look amazing! It’s not exactly innovation, but I do think it’s smart of Nintendo. They are going to sell ridiculously well. If you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, look no further.