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Amiibo thoughts?

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I didn't see much of E3 besides Nintendo's offerings, but their new Amiibo concept has me a bit on the fence. The video that introduced the Mii fighters in Smash Bros. seemed to imply that you can activate their characters in the middle of a fight (which I feel would ruin the game), and the concept as a whole seems to be a desperation move for Nintendo. They know the Wii U isn't selling very well, so they need to come up with new ways to profit from the systems they've already sold and possibly sell more systems with a new gimmick. In that regard, Amiibo seems to be a smart business decision, but I really hope it doesn't turn into Skylanders or Disney Infinity where you end up dropping a hundred dollars or more on a single game (and if I'm completely off-base about those games, please let me know. I personally don't have either of those games, and the seemingly overpriced figurines acting as dlc are what scared me away from them). Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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Skylanders and Disney Infinity are only used in their respective games, but amiibo are going to be implemented in many different games.  With that said, the worth of these things depends on how well they'll be utilized in these various different games.  If the amiibo features used in Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Yoshi's Woolly World are underdeveloped then they'll be an utter waste.  I like the idea of NFC characters being used across multiple games, but only if the NFC features in the games are well developed.  Overall, I like the concept, but I'll have to wait to see the execution.  Of course, I'll buy them simply on the basis that I can't help myself.

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There's also something else to wonder about. I could kind of see (not very clearly) in the Amiibo intro video that it looked like the Smash Bros. figurines were going to have the Super Smash Bros. logo on the base (Which makes sense because it more clearly evokes the trophy theme that goes across that entire series). My question, though, is: Will we have to buy new Amiibos for each game we want to use them with? Will the Smash Bros. Mario Amiibo only be compatible with Smash Bros. or will we be able to use that Amiibo for Mario Kart 8 as well?

The other question is: If we do need a new Mario Amiibo for each different game, will they be priced so that the extra purchases will be worth it? Ultimately the market as a whole will have to make that decision.

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I think the different emblem probably signifies a different character set rather than a need to have two marios for two separate games.  How characters from set 1 are different from set 2 or if there will be differences is a big fat question mark.  It would be prudent to assume that there will be 5 different Link figures at a certain point, but who knows it's all speculation at this point.  I would hope that Nintendo is smart enough to tread carefully when entering this market and not fuck it up, but again who knows.  I'm more curious what the starting price point for these are gonna be.  I see some of those skylanders are like friggin' $20 and is like $30 for the Frozen 2 character pak.  Between all the 2014 and 2015 games releases and these amiibo my wallet weeps.

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