Amiibos Will Unlock NES And Super NES Games

Amiibos Will Unlock NES and Super NES Games

Now, you buy Amiibos. You collect them. You scan them in. But Nintendo says Amiibos can — and will be — so much more. In the future, Nintendo says, they will unlock NES and Super NES games.

In a recent investors meeting, Nintendo exec Satoru Iwata outlined the company's Amiibos plans.

"We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your Amiibo in the first half of this year," continued Iwata. "With this app, once you tap your Amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES."

It won't be possible to play full games, however. But players if players touch their Amiibo again on the NFC reader, they will be able to play another part of the game.

"We hope that when you tap your Amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge." Not a complete game cartridge though.


    A gateway to an eshop demo then... Isn't exactly this kind of feature already in smash?

      Yeah, my mind went straight to the Smash feature.

    This is a terrible idea. This is just a way to get people into, 1 buying them and 2, another way to force sell old games. Nintendo don't need to do this. People know and live the old school games. I don't see why they feel this is a good idea. They should be more focused on getting back 3rd party support and building the community back to what it once was.

      Getting third parties back is not the job of the guys who create this content. They have separate people on the payroll for those jobs. Nintendo can do both!

      Also, do you really think that the "people" whom know and love the old school games are actually that numerous?! This may come as a shock to you, but there are people who haven't even played snes games! And they brought amiibo!

      This update attaches a little more value to amiibo, and generates a little more sell through of VC games. That's not evil or a waste of time.

      Last edited 18/02/15 9:53 am

    I honestly think this is great. When you start to look at amiibo as collectable figurines that unlock cool bonus stuff as opposed to extra purchases for your games, it is way better :)

    Seriously am buying the Ness one though. Might get to actually try Earthbound!

    If this actually unlocked the full game to play, that would be pretty cool.

    But just a playable demo? Eh...

    Re-read for logic, and thus shrug. Locking demos to physical products is weird, but... there's a lot I don't get about Nintendo.

    Last edited 18/02/15 12:03 pm

      Mario is the red guy. Luigi is the green guy.


        You know how sometimes it's just that one little thing that makes everything click?


        ...This was not one of those moments.

    I really don't think Nintendo has any clue how to give Amiibos any real purpose. Skylanders and Disney Infinity, you NEED the figures to play the game. The figures ARE the game. I'm kinda hoping/expecting Nintendo to unveil a new game at E3 which is solely based around Amiibos. Because there really isn't much point to owning them at the moment, except to make your desk look cool.

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