Super Nintendo World Bands Are Also Switch Amiibo

Published: December 29, 2020 11:12 AM /


Six of the Power-Up Bands that will be used in Nintendo's new Super Nintendo World theme park

Nintendo has revealed more information about Power-Up Bands, the wristbands it will offer at its new Super Nintendo World theme park. Specifically, the Power-Up Bands will have functionality similar to Amiibo and will be usable with Nintendo Switch consoles.

How do Super Nintendo World Amiibo Power-Up Bands work?

This information comes via Nintendo's official Japanese website (for which we're using machine translation). According to Nintendo, you'll be able to "expand your play experience" at Super Nintendo World if you have a Power-Up Band. However, you'll also be able to touch the band to your Switch and use it as an Amiibo figure. Nintendo has shown six Power-Up Bands in total, each of which corresponds to a different Nintendo character. The band will work as an Amiibo for the character it depicts. For example, the Mario Power-Up Band will work as a Mario Amiibo and can be used with all software with which that Amiibo is compatible on Switch.

A diagram showing how Power-Up Bands will work at Super Nintendo World and with the Switch
Nintendo's handy diagram showing how Power-Up Bands work as Amiibo, and how to connect them to your Switch.

Connecting a Power-Up Band to your Switch couldn't be easier; you simply need to touch the Band's surface to the right Joy-Con controller, just as you would with a regular Amiibo. There are six characters all in all: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi. It's not clear yet whether there will be more characters in future. In addition, Nintendo is staying fairly tight-lipped on how exactly the Power-Up Bands will "expand your play experience" at Super Nintendo World. In addition, if you were hoping to use these bands with your Wii U or 3DS, unfortunately, the bands won't be compatible with those consoles.

What is Super Nintendo World?

Super Nintendo World is a new theme park area in Universal Studios Japan dedicated entirely to Nintendo. Despite the name, Super Nintendo World will focus mainly on Super Mario-themed content initially. Last week, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto led a tour of the Super Nintendo World theme park as part of a special Nintendo Direct presentation. If you want to know more about the park and how it'll operate, we strongly recommend you check out that video below, if only to see more of Shigsy's lovable face.

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