Nintendo: New Animal Crossing games were made because ‘we just wanted amiibo’

Egg to chicken, amiibo to game

In an interview with USgamer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival creative lead Aya Kyogoku was asked if amiibo Festival was conceptualized as a game involving amiibo or if the amiibo integration was added later in the development cycle.

Initially when the amiibo was announced, there was nothing really said about Animal Crossing amiibos or any plans for that matter,” Aya responded. “But as the Animal Crossing team, we were confident that if there was one, it would be really cute… honestly, we just wanted Animal Crossing amiibo. We wanted the company to make Animal Crossing amiibo, so that’s why we made a game that works with them.”

So there you have it, as the egg came before the chicken, so too did the amiibo come before the game in this case. Now if only amiibo were as readily available as eggs, especially considering amiibo Festival requires at least one. 

“Honestly, we just wanted Animal Crossing Amiibo”: Nintendo’s Aya Kyogoku on Evolving The Series [USgamer]

Jed Whitaker