Nintendo Announces New amiibo Functionality in 2016 Games

Today, Nintendo has announced some new amiibo functionality in games coming in early 2016. Games such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and Super Smash Bros. will be getting new amiibos with new functionality.

In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, a previously announced Wolf Link amiibo will be bundled in with physical versions of the game. When the amiibo is tapped on the GamePad, the game opens the Cave of Shadows, a new bonus dungeon in the game. Upon completion of the Cave of Shadows, players can save a record of remaning hearts to the amiibo and challenge themselves to obtain a better score. Data stored in the Wolf Link amiibo can be used with The Legend of Zelda for Wii U when it launches.

Amiibos in the Super Smash Bros. series will also aid Link in Twilight Princess HD. Using Link or Toon Link will replenish arrows, Zelda or Sheik will refill hearts and using Ganondorf will result in Link taking double the damage.

For the Animal Crossing series, new characters such as Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover will be available on March 18th. Digby will be made available as stand-alone as well. Series 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards will release on March 18th as well, bringing the total of Animal Crossing amiibo cards to 300.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will have support for the Mario and Sonic amiibo, boosting either characters outfits with that character’s power for the day. The game launches March 18th.

Some Pokemon amiibo will be getting restocked. These include Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario.

To finish off the update. Star Fox Zero will be getting amiibo compatibility, but more details are to be revealed at a later time.

It is nice to see more games getting more amiibo support, but I can’t say I would be using amiibos that much in these games. I am interested to hear more about the Star Fox Zero amiibo compatibility. Maybe the game gets its own series of amiibo?

What are your thoughts on the new amiibo announcements? Let us know in the comments.


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Author: Collin Crowder View all posts by
Collin listens to way too many podcasts and loves Mario Party just a little too much. His day job includes fighting Metal Gears and making BBQ. Collin is also Waluigi's #1 fan.