Nintendo was proud to announce that they have reached global shipment of more than 30 million Amiibos and has sold 20 million of them worldwide. Based on the Japanese gaming giant’s last quarter sales figures, a total of 57% of these Amiibos were shipped in the US, followed by 22% in Europe. Nintendo intends to further strengthen the Amiibo’s position as they plan to release multiple new sets in the months to come. This means that a number of stores must be able to replenish their Amiibo stocks anytime soon.
It was indeed a roller coaster ride for any serious amiibo collector as some figures are rarely replenished in stores. However, as Nintendo continues to introduce more games with amiibo compatibility, we also expect more and more figures to come out of the works anytime soon. For sure, Nintendo will unlikely dump its amiibo line up.
This time last year Nintendo had reportedly shipped over 10.4 million amiibos worldwide during its 3-month initial release. During their most recent investor meeting Nintendo revealed that those sales numbers have more than doubled in a year, with over 30 million figures sold worldwide since their initial launch.
“In 2014, we launched amiibo to create a new “connection” with the goal of spreading smiles. Before, these characters never left the world of video games, but now they have launched into the real world,” Nintendo wrote about its amiibos.
It’s not just the physical amiibo that are topping the charts but also their extremely popular card counterparts. Nintendo was highly encouraged to know that they were able to sell 21.5 million of these cards worldwide – a fantastic feat in just a year’s time.
W expect great things to happen with Nintendo this year, in spite Sony and Microsoft leading the pack in terms of console sales. With the NX rumored to be out this 2016, we will sure keep watch on the next round up of amiibos that will go along with it.
Here is the full press release for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, which was released today. You can place your pre-order here for the March 4th release.
Beautiful high-definition graphics aren’t the only things new in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. When this HD remake launches exclusively for the Wii U console on March 4, it will feature many upgrades that are sure to please fans playing through the adventure again, or newcomers who are experiencing the game for the first time.
A new item in the game called the “Ghost Lantern” has been added. This mysterious item will glow when in the same area as a Poe (a kind of ghost), making the Poe soul-retrieving quest much easier to complete. Hero Mode, a challenging new mode, can also be selected when starting a new game. In this mode, Link will take double the normal damage and there are no heart drops. In addition, if Link finds Rupees in a treasure chest while his wallet is already full, Rupees will no longer be returned to that chest. Players are also less likely to reach the limit of their wallets, as they have been modified to hold more Rupees.
Iconic moments from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, like Link riding Epona across the Eldin Bridge and Wolf Link howling at the moon, look stunning in high definition, but additional upgrades to the game make it play better as well. Using the Wii U GamePad controller, players can easily access their map and inventory at all times using the intuitive touch screen, as well as quickly transform into a wolf with one easy tap. Players will also be able to use the GamePad to access Miiverse (Internet access required). Miiverse posts can be decorated with dozens of new Miiverse stamps inspired by the game hidden away throughout Hyrule. Additionally, the game can be played off-TV on the GamePad. Many more updates exist in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, but discovering them as you play through the legendary adventure is part of the fun.
Nintendo fans have something to look forward to towards the middle of this year. The Japanese gaming platform has announced the long-awaited release of its new sequel for its 3D shooter game, Star Fox 64, and much more. Star Fox Zero is slated to hit stores on April 22 and Nintendo claims that it will usher in “a new beginning for the classic shooter series”. The gaming giant officially announced that it will offer Amiibo support for its next Star Fox installment.
Star Fox has often been criticized for its archaic graphics and gameplay. However, with the promise of a new and innovative control scheme, and an Amiibo that will go along with it, fans are guaranteed with a revamped gaming experience.
We don’t have any official info on what the Amiibos will do, or if there will be additional ones to be introduced. Credit goes to Nintendo for being creative when it comes to this as compared to Disney Infinity so we can expect a lot of surprises on this one. A recent interview with Nintendo’s top game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, may help shed light on the details. Stephen Totillo of Kotaku.com shares some info on his one-on-one interview with the ace designer (with a help of a translator of course).
Miyamoto says that he doesn’t see Star Fox Zero as coming down the path of exclusivity in terms of unlockable content, but rather more aesthetics or additional eye candy will be offered through the Amiibo support. “In terms of being able to unlock content, I don’t really want to go down that path. For this game, I think of it more as, for people who have the Amiibo, they’re going to get a little something extra and that’s how I’m planning on it with this game. So rather than actual abilities or things like that changing in the game, it would be like getting a different skin for the Arwing or something like that,” Miyamoto confirms.
Miyamoto did not mention any upcoming new Amiibo characters other than Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi. However, it will sure be nice if they can come up with versions of Peppy Hare, Slippy Toad, Wolf O’Donnel, and even for the big baddie of the game, Andross. We just probably have to wait a little longer for additional announcements from the gaming giant. For now, watch this promotional video for Star Fox Zero and tell us what you think.
Nintendo seems to be on a roll – and shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to their Amiibo line up for 2016. So what does the gaming giant has in store for its raving fans? According to Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “New amiibo figures and functionality will keep surprising fans in 2016.All the upcoming amiibo prove that the must-have figures are continuing to evolve in unexpected and fun ways.”
Let’s take a look on what is in Nintendo’s play pen of amiibos and see if it can live up to the hype.
We start with this year’s first offering which is the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD scheduled to be released on March 4. A remake for the Wii U will also be released in the U.S. together with an exclusive Wolf Link amiibo bundle. As of now, this the only option available if you wish to have this canine amiibo playable in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
March 18 will also see the release of Ryu, Roy, and Famicom R.O.B., as well as other recently revealed Animal Crossing amiibos. Scheduled to hit stores on the said date, they will be joined by other stand-alone characters such as Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover, and Digby. Isabelle has been revealed on Nintendo’s Japanese and European sites, but seems to absent in the U.S. We’ll get to know soon if an amiibo version of her will be available.
There is a lot of anticipation for the crossover Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that features amiibo compatibility as well. Players may power up both Mario’s and Sonic’s abilities and outfits by tapping their amiibo figures to the New Nintendo 3DS system (or on a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory.
Pokémon fans can also expect a restock of amiibos of their favorite pocket monsters in line with the franchise’ 20th anniversary celebration next month. Will keep a close watch on what Nintendo has to offer. Perhaps more of Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja and Lucario?
Needless to say, Nintendo sees a lot of potential In their Amiibo system. With what they have done so far, and the rising popularity of these NFC devices, we’ll definitely see a lot of amiibos roll-out in the future. So, what do you think will be the next fave amiibo?
Warner Bros. Interactive released the above trailer today along with this press release:
For the first time in any LEGO videogame, characters and vehicles from some of the biggest entertainment brands in the universe converge in LEGO® Dimensions™. In a new short trailer illustrating the game’s crazy, possible mash-ups, Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters™, Doc Brown from Back to the Future™, and The Doctor from the long running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, unexpectedly come together.
Fans can play through individual levels based on these popular properties in the game’s main story. Players can also explore one distinct, freeplay Adventure World for each of these entertainment properties with any LEGO Dimensions minifigure belonging to that brand. Each Adventure World provides players access to additional gameplay content and exploration throughout some of the most iconic locations from each brand’s universe.
Ghostbusters fans who want to spookify their LEGO Dimensions experience beyond the Ghostbusters level in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack can add the Ghostbusters Level Pack featuring “A Spook Central Adventure!” a mission-based Ghostbusters level where players must fight Gozer and save New York City. The pack comes with a buildable Peter Venkman LEGO minifigure and Proton Pack, Ecto-1 and Ghost Trap – all playable in the game. Players can replay through the game and other levels to trap ghosts and access more collectibles in their journey to save the LEGO multiverse.
Players who want to head back to the future in an epic LEGO Dimensions adventure, can add the Back to the Future Level Pack which unlocks the exclusive “A Hill Valley Time Travel Adventure” level. The pack comes with a buildable Marty McFly LEGO minifigure, DeLorean Time Machine which can travel through time and access areas, plus a Hoverboard. Players can also expand their LEGO Dimensions gameplay with the Back to the Future Doc Brown Fun Pack, featuring a buildable Doc Brown minifigure and rebuildable Traveling Time Train.
Fans who want more of the Whoniverse beyond the Doctor Who level in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack can purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes “The Dalek Extermination of Earth,” an additional mission-based Doctor Who level, along with a 12th Doctor LEGO minifigure, TARDIS that can travel across time and space, and K-9 – all playable in the game. Gamers can play as any of the twelve doctors. When the 12th Doctor is defeated in the level, he returns as the 1st Doctor and then regenerates back up to the 12th Doctor again. The interior of the TARDIS will reflect the corresponding Doctor the player embodies or can be manually selected. There’s even a jukebox inside where players can choose among different versions of the Doctor Who theme music. Players can further upgrade their LEGO Dimensions gameplay with the Doctor Who Cyberman Fun Pack, featuring a buildable Cyberman minifigure and rebuildable Dalek.
There are a bunch of LEGO Dimensions Packs50% off on Amazon! These are really great deals, but it also makes me wonder what the future plans are for LEGO Dimensions. Some of the packs 50% off, were just released a few days ago. Further, we have not heard much about future releases other than the ones we have known for awhile.
This time, the hype is gathering around the new play set expansion offered by Disney Interactive. The Marvel Battlegrounds play set for Disney Infinity 3.0 is slated to roll out of stores on March 15 of this year. Bits of juicy information have been leaked since October last year to whet the appetite of Infinity fans – and last Wednesday the news was finally out. Vice President of Production John Vignocchi made the announcement online.
“We’re just two months away from the launch of the Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set, and I’m happy to announce that, beginning today, you can pre-order the Play Set. It hits stores on March 15, and for those of you who don’t know much about Marvel Battlegrounds, I can tell you that it’s one of the most fun play sets we’ve ever made, and unlike anything we’ve ever offered.
Marvel Battlegrounds is a four-player, arcade-style brawler that allows you to battle with up to three friends locally. You get to play in 12 levels across eight all-new arenas, including Knowhere and Wakanda. You’ll also be able to battle as any playable Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition): Marvel Super Heroes figure, making Marvel Battlegrounds the Play Set with the largest selection of playable characters.”
To sweeten the deal, those who will pre-order the Marvel Battlegrounds play set at retailers such as Amazon will get a free Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Superheroes character which is compatible with the newer system. Not only that, Disney Interactive offers a revamped Captain America play set figure similar to the character design of the all-American hero in the upcoming movie ‘Captain America: Civil War’ which is set to be released on May 6 also of this year.
Marvel Battlegrounds revolves around the unholy alliance between Ultron and Loki in their effort to steal Asgard’s divinely powerful Infinity Stone. To do this, the tag team created robotic replicas of the Marvel Super Heroes in order to create a diversion and carry out their plans. From there, our super heroes must battle and defeat these doppelgangers at various iconic Marvel backdrops and ultimately defeat Ultron in a battle that will rock the universe in its foundations.
Never mind if it is another promotional stunt by Nintendo, but for fans of the iconic game “The Legend of Zelda”, discovering the secrets of the game’s Amiibo will definitely leave them wanting for more. It is speculated that this new Amiibo will provide gamers with new locations, tools, abilities, and a host of level ups for its remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.”
However, there’s a new leak provided off the pages of Famitsu magazine that shows what the amiibo will with regards to the said game. According to Famitsu, the Wolf Link amiibo will grant you access to play a bonus level, “Thorough Battle: Trial of the Beast.” Another one is the upgrade that a player may have for his “Giant Wallet” once he clears the dungeon, entitling him for the “Bottomless Wallet” which allows a player to hold up to 9,999 Rupees. Famitsu also added that any health loss during Link’s stay within the dungeon may be recovered using the amount of hearts collected by the wolf counterpart.