*Play a little jingle* Welcome to Amiibo Watch! Where we tell you all about the upcoming offerings of Nintendo's creation of DLC made manifest in the physical realm. You want to know what's coming up, what's getting a reprint, and exactly how much of a game is getting cut up to trigger some of these things!
First up is the obligatory Animal Crossing amiibo launches that seem to occur with regularity in their never ending quest to print as many as is possible. This time we have several launches with the first being a new release in the Animal Crossing amiibo series featuring characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp'n, and Rover. They are scheduled for a March 18 release, although there are several launches January 22nd in the series with Blathers, Kicks, Celeste, and Resetti joining the extensive line up.
Sticking with Animal Crossing, the Series 2 Cards launch January 22nd as well and will bring the Amiibo Animal Crossing cards roster to 300. Additionally Digby will be coming out at some point as a stand-alone amiibo, leaving the Amiibo Festival game bundle behind as his only point of purchase.
Moving on from the world of Animal Crossing the next announcement we're covering here is a celebration of the Pokemon 20th anniversary with the reprinting of some of the Pokemon Amiibo. To be more precise, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario are getting made available at select retailers alongside Pikachu for the anniversary. If you are wondering at the choice of Greninja and Lucario over a more classic pokemon like Mewtwo, know you are not alone.
In other Amiibo news today, more information was released about Wolf Link and how he will work with Twilight Princess HD. We covered that separately, and will also be covering what news there is for Star Fox Zero and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with amiibos in a different article to help you know all there is to know about amiibo this morning.
Speaking on their plans for Amiibo for 2016, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales and Marking Scott Moffitt said the following:
New amiibo figures and functionality will keep surprising fans in 2016. All the upcoming amiibo prove that the must-have figures are continuing to evolve in unexpected and fun ways
Other upcoming Amiibo launches that have been previously announced are: Lucas (Super Smash Bros. Series, January 22nd), Mega Man Gold Edition (Feburary 23), R.O.B. Famicom Colors (Super Smash Bros. Series March 18), Ryu (Super Smash Bros. Series March 18), and Roy (Super Smash Bros. Series March 18).
Personally I was fine with Amiibo for cosmetics, or little heals or minor things but some of the stuff lately is seeming a little too far—especially with Wolf Link. I suspect many of the surprises felt today on that confirmation were not pleasant ones or the Ganondorf locked hero mode. If Nintendo really wants to push Amiibo-centric DLC, one thought might be to do a free to play game with Amiibo replacing your normal microtransactions. I mean Nintendo MOBA with Amiibo for character unlocks could work! I think at this point we need to come up with a song or something about the physical manifestation of DLC that these are clearly going to be and what Nintendo wants to focus them more onto and less as a collectible item.