If you've been collecting the many Animal Crossing amiibo figurines or cards released over the last year, good news: They're more useful now.
Using Amiibo, you can now invite more characters to your town, and some will come with special items as well. The Amiibo support goes beyond Animal Crossing specific toys, too: Both Splatoon and Legend of Zelda figurines are also compatible, and can grant the player new visitors and items:
As for the free update which drops today, here's everything new:
You can finally invite villagers to your town using amiibo accessories. However, special NPC, Animal Crossing amiibo figure characters, will not move into your town. They will only appear in the campground and offer to sell unique items in their RVs.
Contains a brand-new Campground area in the town where you can interact with villagers in new ways.
All existing Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards are now compatible with the game.
50 new Animal Crossing Welcome amiibo series amiibo cards will be available for purchase beginning 12/2/16.
Tap a Welcome amiibo card to invite the pictured character for a visit at your new Campground. Existing 400 Animal Crossing amiibo cards will work with the game, however, the characters will only appear in the town, not in the campground. All of the villagers can be invited to move into the town.
Tap select non-Animal-Crossing amiibo figures to access new items unique to those characters at Campground.
All 16 Animal Crossing amiibo figures will feature Wii U console and New Nintendo 3DS XL or New Nintendo 3DS items in their RVs. By purchasing these items in the RVs, the player will have access to the new minigames, Desert Island Escape and Animal Crossing Puzzle League.
Link your Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer save data to have access to 20 additional giant furniture items through the in-game catalogue system.
When the player's town is well developed, if the player tries to start over the game with a new town, Tom Nook may appear in the menu screen and offer to purchase the town. If you agree to sell, you will receive a good amount of Bells when starting a new town. This will help develop your town quickly.
The in-game Wii U console item unlocks the Desert Island Escape game, while Animal Crossing Puzzle League can be accessed with the in-game New Nintendo 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS items. The Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS items can be obtained via fortune cookies at the Nooklings' shop, but it's much easier to obtain these items when you scan any of the 16 Animal Crossing amiibo figures.