Nintendo wasn’t fooling around yesterday with the announcement of all their upcoming games and amiibo for its Wii U and 3DS. Interestingly, Nintendo found itself back to its days of hanafuda playing cards with the announcement of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards. And if there weren’t enough forms of amiibo, they will be available in a special plush form as well.
New amiibo Cards debut with the release of Animal Crossing character cards coming this fall, playable with the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game. If you own an older 3DS or 2DS, Nintendo will release a standalone NFC reader/writer peripheral.
The hunt for more amiibo figures will continue with the impending release of additional characters starting in May. On May 29, new Super Smash Bros. amiibo will include Charizard, PAC-MAN, Wario, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Robin, Lucina and Ness. Splatoon amiibo will be available with the release of Splatoon for Wii U on May 29 as well. Three new amiibo include Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid. Then in July, Dark Pit and Palutena will be released. Further on in September, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Olimar, Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. will debut. Pick, choose and pre-order if you can! Put amiibo to use in the upcoming amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits to unlock NES and SNES games on the Wii U. More amiibo abilities will be put to use with Mii Racing Suits in Mario Kart 8 when a new update is released on April 29th. To find out which amiibo work with which games, check out the amiibo compatibility chart lineup here on Nintendo.com.
Besides the amiibo cards and character figures, there is yet another manifestation of amiibo – plushies. In fall, Nintendo will release Yoshi amiibo yarn plushies along with Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. Yoshi yarn plush amiibo will be available in three colors: green, pink and light blue.
So now that you’ve been overwhelmed with all of Nintendo’s amiibo plans, let’s get to the games. Here’s a breakdown of what is planned for the Wii U and 3DS in the coming year:
Wii U announcements:
- N64 and NDS games available on Virtual Console Service: Yoshi’s Island DS for Nintendo DS and Super Mario 64 for Nintendo 64 are now available. Upcoming releases include WarioWare: Touched! (NDS) on April 9 and Donkey Kong 64 (N64) on April 16.
- Splatoon arrives on May 29
- Mario Kart 8: 200cc class free DLC and paid DLC Pack 2 on April 23
- Mario Maker coming in September
- Yoshi’s Woolly World in fall
- Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project announced (release date TBA)
- Fatal Frame later in 2015
Nintendo 3DS announcements:
- BOXBOY! (from Kirby series creators) releases today
- Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. software update and Tom Sawyer character
- Pokémon Rumble World on April 8
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3D available on April 10
- StreetPass Mii Plaza games launch April 16: Ultimate Angler, Battleground Z and StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium
- Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains available in May
- Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition available on May 22 with a demo available on April 30.
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer available in fall
- New Fire Emblem game coming sometime in 2016
Independent game developer release announcements:
- Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games available in May for Wii U.
- Mutant Mudds Super Challenge from Renegade Kid available in June for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
- Don’t Starve: Giant Edition from Klei Entertainment available in May for Wii U.
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, Inc. available this summer for Wii U.
And finally, in Super Smash Bros. news, Mewtwo DLC arrives on April 28. Club Nintendo participants can get Mewtwo on April 15 if the game has been previously registered. On April 15, Super Smash Bros. players can buy costumes for their Mii fighters which include Mega Man X and Proto Man from the Mega Man game series. Later in June, Lucas from Mother 3 arrives. Want more characters? Nintendo is listening! Go to www.smashbros.com to participate in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. to vote on what character to add to Super Smash Bros.
Plenty of Nintendo related games and accessories to experience in the year to come!