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10:30 AM on 11.21.2014

Just how rare are some of Nintendo's amiibo toys at launch?

While Nintendo provided me with the Link, Mario, and Kirby amiibo toys for testing with Super Smash Bros., acquiring the rest of the lot was completely up to me. So I decided to take a trip early this morning, survey any pote...

Chris Carter


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Here's how Nintendo's amiibo figures work, and how they interact with Smash Bros. photo
Here's how Nintendo's amiibo figures work, and how they interact with Smash Bros.
by Chris Carter

Nintendo's long awaited foray into the toy market is here: the amiibo are ready for purchase, and the flagship game, Super Smash Bros., is right on the horizon.

While the toys look great in person and the setup is painless, so far the actual interactivity is underwhelming. Collector itch aside, I'd definitely recommend waiting until more compatible games are out before committing to any purchases.

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5:30 PM on 11.17.2014

Hyrule Warriors' amiibo support is boring

Nintendo has explained which amiibo toys do what in Hyrule Warriors and, frankly, the game's support for the near-field communication figurines is rather dull. With Link (or Toon Link), players can get the Spinner weapon from...

Jordan Devore

9:27 PM on 11.10.2014

Sonic and Mega Man headline next wave of Amiibo

[Update: All eleven of the new NFC toys will launch in North America in February 2015. The company notes "some of our retail partners will be releasing a certain number of these as exclusive figures, so stay tuned for d...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 11.02.2014

Nintendo has plans for Amiibo cards, smaller figures

The Amiibo figures hitting shelves later this month won't necessarily resemble every near-field communication toy Nintendo has in the works. Speaking at the Q&A session following Nintendo's semiannual investor meeting, Sh...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 PM on 10.28.2014

You'll probably end up putting an eye out with this Assassin's Creed blade

Do you have delusions of grandeur, the likes of which lead you to fancy yourself a great assassin among the likes of Ezio Auditore da Firenze or Arno Dorian? A mere $60 will put you significantly closer to assassin authentic...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Amiibo figures might not look as great as advertised

When Nintendo debuted Amiibo at E3 this year, the company noted the figures shown during its initial presentation weren't final. They looked amazing, a little too good to be true. Well, Joystiq recently got a look a...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 10.24.2014

Nintendo has kids explain amiibo figures in Super Smash Bros.

I made it to the closeup of Mario's face, roughly a minute in, before deciding that I needed to share this ridiculous video in which a boy buys an amiibo for Super Smash Bros. to impress a girl. Kyle says it's the worst thin...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 10.21.2014

The Link amiibo will work with Hyrule Warriors

While Nintendo has mostly talked about its upcoming amiibo figures in the context of Super Smash Bros., other games including Mario Kart 8 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will also support the near-field communication toys...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 10.10.2014

This new Mega Man X figure is looking pretty rad

What started as a potential April Fools joke ended up becoming a real thing. One of the minds behind Maverick Hunter and Mega Man: Powered Up has crafted a new take on the Mega Man X character, and I really dig it. ...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 10.07.2014

Nintendo shares amiibo interface for Smash Bros. Wii U

Once again Sakurai is hard at work hyping up the Wii U release of Super Smash Bros., which we now know will drop in November. The newest Miiverse post involves the amiibo toys, showing us a screen of what the in-game interfac...

Chris Carter





9:00 AM on 10.06.2014

Kamen Rider: SummonRide is basically a Japanese Skylanders

If you're into Skylanders and have a propensity for importing or live in Japan, you may want to check out Bandai Namco's Kamen Rider: SummonRider. It features a summoning portal for toys just like Skylanders, and you ca...

Chris Carter



Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes photo
Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
by Chris Carter

Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other aspect of the game that didn't fully deliver was the Toy Box mode -- a take on LittleBigPlanet's "create your own" levels mechanic.

With Disney Infinity 2.0, Avalanche Software is poised to rectify both of those issues, combined with free reign of the Marvel license. While 2.0 is still primarily targeted towards the younger audience, the overall package is much more enticing the second time around.

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12:30 AM on 09.12.2014

This Assassin's Creed toy is sort of nice, also awful

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants hosted the organization's first-ever "Video Gamer Night" Wednesday ahead of a game with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Admission to the special event at AT&T Park came with...

Kyle MacGregor

10:14 AM on 08.29.2014

Nintendo's amiibo figures priced at $12.99, pre-orders are live

Nintendo has opened up pre-orders for their amiibo figures today, and they are priced at $12.99. According to the publisher, Villager, Fox, Kirby, Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Pik...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Hiro and Baymax of Big Hero 6 officially unveiled for Disney Infinity

Some time ago the toys for Disney Infinity 2.0's Big Hero 6 were leaked, and Disney Interactive has responded with an official trailer for the pair. Although it's easy to see what Baymax the robot can do with ...

Chris Carter