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Update 2: One last bump. Best Buy pre-orders are now open here.


Update: GameStop pre-orders here.


Pre-orders for the Amiibo figures are now starting to go live. All of the characters can be reserved on Amazon right here.. We’ll update this post when other retailers open pre-orders.

We also have a first look at the packaging for Amiibo. Check out the gallery below for all images.

There are no plans for Hyrule Warriors to make use of Amiibo, Nintendo has confirmed. Destructoid asked if the game will offer any such support and was told in response:

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to support amiibo. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come.”

I can’t say this is too surprising! If Hyrule Warriors were to support Amiibo, we would have heard about it by now in all likelihood. Nintendo also previously stated before this recent comment that the figures would launch with Smash Bros.

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Amiibo figures can now be pre-ordered on ShopTo. Each costs £12.85, though Nintendo hasn’t officially confirmed pricing. Mario, Link, and Samus are among the figures that can be pre-ordered thus far.

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Shigeru Miyamoto has spoken to Kotaku about Amiibo’s origins.

Miyamoto wanted to have reading and saving data functionality available without an accessory since the GBA days. That, he says, was the main reason why NFC was built in for Wii U.

As far as Amiibo figures are concerned, Miyamoto stated that Nintendo felt characters would be “the most appealing form factor for a physical object that has this functionality”.

“If you think back it’s very similar to what we did with the eReader, the card readers that existed for the Game Boy Advance. I had been wanting to have not as an optional accessory but as a built in piece of functionality the ability to have this interaction of reading and saving data with a physical object for quite some time. And that was why we made the decision to include it with Wii U to begin with. And since the launch of Wii U we’ve been thinking of what’s the most appealing form factor for a physical object that has this functionality that people would see it and just want to own it and ultimately we decided that it was the characters themselves.”

On another interesting note, Nintendo had long wanted “to have a series of these toys that worked not just with this one game but with multiple games.”

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared a few more words about Amiibo while speaking with Polygon at E3 2014 last week. Head past the break for his comments.

Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt shared a few more words about Amiibo while speaking with GamesIndustry.

Moffitt brought up a few points, such as how Nintendo wants to do something different and not mimic the competition. He also mentioned that Amiibo offers “a great value as parents don’t have to buy a starter kit.”

Moffitt ultimately sees Amiibo as something with a lot of potential due to the growing market and adoration of Nintendo IP.

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