Now I can play with my kawaii anime waifu figurines!
Evening readers, the Inverseman here tonight with a hands-on with Nintendo’s latest gaming accessory, the Amiibo. How does it work? Is it worth a buy? Let’s find out!
When you first look at an Amiibo, they’re quite well-made. There’s a good level of detail to the figures. Perhaps not like Good Smile or anything, but still quite nice. I personally bought the Pikachu Amiibo and he has a good level of craftsmanship in-spite of the simple design. Now unlike Skylanders or Disney Infinity, you don’t play as your Amiibo, but rather you train it. In Smash Bros, you can scan your Amiibo to the Wii U and it’ll start off as a Level 1 FP. Then go into some matches with your Amiibo and proceed to kick the tar out of it.
The gimmick to Amiibo is that it “learns” from you. At first I pummeled Swagachu the Pikachu with my own Pikachu, but then its style became much more like mine. I taught it to dash and up-smash, to follow-up throws with extra attacks, and juggle enemies. While obviously he won’t be winning tournaments against the top players anytime soon, at least he’ll taunt every now and then after landing a kill. The scary part is that after leveling Pikachu to level 50, the level cap, he started beating me occasionally, and there’s nothing more salty than getting your own Counters baited out by an AI.
After a session with your Amiibo, you can feed it the equipment you collected in-game and redeem the prizes it collected by fighting. What with Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U relying on random drops to collect equipment and custom moves, it becomes a perfectly viable strategy to set a Time Match to 30 minutes and have your max leveled Amiibo battle three level 9 CPUs and come back to some modest rewards while you attend to work, food, or homework. Just let Pikachu do all the grinding! Then you can take him to a friend’s place and place bets on whose Amiibo will come out on top.
Sadly Amiibos are quite limited. Outside of being a much more worthy AI, you CAN’T take Amiibos into the wide array of co-op modes Smash4 has to offer. In a way, it’s quite a missed opportunity. That’s really the long and short of the Amiibos; there’s not much more to them. Sure in Mario Kart 8 you can unlock more outfits for your Mii Racers, but to really bring them to life like the Skylanders and Disney Infinity series, they’ll need to do a lot more than what they do now.
So are Amiibos the must-buy revolutionary way to play your favorite Nintendo games? No, but I gotta admit, they are quite nifty and they look great on your desk or in your figurine case next to all your waifus. You’re in good company Swagachu. Join me next time when I stage an intervention about someone’s large bulk order purchase of hot-glue sticks.
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