Nintendo to launch Amiibo as rival

Nintendo officially introduced Amiibo, the company’s answer to “Disney Infinity” and Activision’s popular “Skylanders” franchises.

Like the other games, physical figures of characters will be playable in a game once paired with a controller like the Wii U gamepad.

Any Wii U system will recognize the figure by touching them on the gamepad.

The character’s data is then downloaded into the game you play. Information can also be sent back to the figure. The figure’s data changes as you play, opening the door to new gameplay possibilities, according to Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America during the company’s Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” will be the first game to support Amiibo this fall, followed by “Mario Kart 8.”

Fils-Aime said Amiibo is the first in a new line of products Nintendo has in development in the toys-to-life category.


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