Amiibo are, for a lack of a better word, utterly useless right now. Their limited functionality in Super Smash Bros. (and just about everything else) is terribly depressing, compounded by the fact that they can store data for only one game at a time. There really is no reason yet to get the little figurines for specific gameplay use, but I don’t really care – because they’re cute and awesome and I can’t buy enough of them.
Amiibo might just be one of the best ideas Nintendo has had in a while, and the collectible roster exploded last night during the April Direct stream. Three new waves of the (mostly) plastic collectibles were revealed, spanning the months of May, July and September. On the 29th of May you can look forward to Charizard, Pac-Man, Wario, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Robin, Lucina and Ness all joining the exponentially growing Amiibo roster.
They’re followed by a smaller, but more exciting line-up of Dark Pit and Palutena in July, and rounded off with Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. in September. Of all of the new Super Smash Amiibo, I think Zero Suit Samus and Bowser Jr. look the best, even though I never used either of them in-game. But again, that’s not what you should be buying them for in the first place anyway.
Amazingly, it doesn’t end there. Lining up with all the previous rumours (including a local retailer leak), Nintendo will indeed be producing not one, but three Splatoon Amiibo set to launch simultaneously with the game on May 29th. You can purchase the trio of Inkling boy, girl and squid in a special bundle, or individually if better judgement prevails. They also have a lot more use than your average NFC toys, unlocking new levels and weaponry that you would otherwise be locked out – which is just a little bit evil. Physical DLC.
But Amiibo aren’t just about cold hard plastic anymore, and the most enticing three figurines of the new line-up (yes, better than my precious Inklings), has to be woolly Yoshi. Three new, yarn woven Yoshi figurines were also revealed for the upcoming Yoshi’s Woolly World, and they’re just totes adorbs you guys. I don’t even care if I get fired for saying that – which is a lie because I need the money to buy all three.
Nintendo also revealed new Amiibo cards, which turf the plastic aside and allow for a cheaper functionality with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. But that’s all a little boring after this explosion of a line-up from Nintendo, which is almost definitely going to burn a massive hole in my wallet. Still waiting on that Bayonetta figurine though.
Last Updated: April 2, 2015