What would you want out of an amiibo focused game?

Don’t say ‘Skylanders but with Mario’

The jury is still out on the success of Amiibo. Although certain figures have pretty much sold out, we don’t know if that’s because they were “incredibly popular” or just “made scarce by design”. 

Regardless, it’s clear that the internet likes talking about Amiibo, and we know for sure that Nintendo is going to follow through with at least 3 more waves of figures. Chances are that Nintendo will eventually try capitalize on that hefty Amiibo investment (Amiibestment) with a game that hinges on Amiibo interaction as a central part of the experience. Smash Bros. only uses them in a couple of modes. In other games, they only work to unlock unessential items. Nintendo would be wise to do more than that with their experimental new money making game in 2015. 

What do you think they should do? A game that requires you to buy Amiibo in order to play might turn off a lot of people, but at the same time, Nintendo has to make the figures an integral part of the design in order to give them value. Maybe a sequel to Nintendo Land that has Minecraft-style world building elements, allowing you to create your own unique attractions/structures with parts provided by playable Amiibo characters? Maybe a Pokemon-style collect-a-thon except with an all-star Nintendo cast, where scanning an Amiibo adds them to your party? The only thing I’m pretty sure that Nintendo wont do is a straight up clone of Skylanders. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless.

Let your imagination run wild, children!

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes