At E3 2014, Nintendo officially announced their entry into the increasingly popular “toys-to-life” gaming category by introducing Amiibo.
Amiibo will launch with Super Smash Bros. Wii U near the end of 2014, the first of many games to support figurines that will unlock characters and playable modes. Mario Kart 8 will also support Amiibo.
Other character figures will include Link and Samus.
The Wii U GamePad will be used to bring the toys into the game when placed onto a sensor, much like the RFID-enabled pads used in Activision’s Skylanders and Disney Infinity.
The initial wave of figures include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Link, Donkey Kong, Samus, the Wii Fitness instructor, Kirby, and more.
At Nintendo’s E3 booth, amiibo figures are on display:
(E3 show floor photos by Jeremiah Daws)