During the Nintendo E3 digital event today Nintendo announced Amiibo, a project that combines NFC technology with figurines similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Super Smash Bros. is the first confirmed use of these character figurines in the game, which we saw during the presentation as a fight between Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata. The figurines are capable of communicating with the Wii U and according to Nintendo’s post show, an adapter for the Nintendo 3DS is currently in development and scheduled to be available next year.
Reggie also stated that Mario Kart8 would have support for the figurines as well, so it’s possible Nintendo could offer DLC characters to Mario Kart 8 in the form of these figurines. We don’t know the full details yet, but be sure and watch the above trailer where Bill Trinen introduces the currently developed figurines and gives us a closer look at them.
Be sure and check out our gallery to view more of these amiibo characters.