During a special Super Smash Bros. focused Nintendo Direct in Japan today, early details on the first wave of Amiibo collectible interactive figures were revealed. Localized information on the figures was then soon confirmed by Nintendo of America, meaning fans will be able to pickup their Amiibos this holiday season. In fact, fans can actually preorder their figures now and with a selection of 12 at a price of $12.99 apiece, it's probably best to start saving as soon as possible.
In case you misread, let me just say again that an Amiibo will cost $12.99 apiece. This means that an Amiibo will run at least $3 more expensive than a Skylander or a Disney Infinity figure. Considering Amiibo functionality in terms of interactivity with the Wii U is yet unclear, the price is a tad surprising. Still, if the figure quality is that much higher than competitive gaming figures, then the price can certainly be justified.
Before we ramble on too much about price and value, let's get back to those 12 figures and just which characters will be available:
- Donkey Kong
- Wii Fit Trainer
Nintendo promises that more are on their way, but it's unclear whether they mean Super Smash Bros. figures in particular or just in general. Other titles confirmed for Amiibo figures down the line include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi's Woolly World.
As for the in-game functionality that I mentioned was still unclear earlier, Nintendo also says that details regarding that will be forthcoming soon. Obviously fans shouldn't expect Skylander or Disney Infinity levels of interactivity, since Amiibo isn't a standalone game, but hopefully Nintendo has some fun ideas in mind.
Pre-orders for Amiibo figures including all 12 of those listed above start today at the usual retailer suspects. Note that all 12 figures are for Super Smash Bros. Wii U -- not 3DS. Sure, they're the same characters, but the 3DS version of the game will not feature Amiibo functionality, or so I'm lead to believe. Each figure will cost $12.99 in the USA, $13.99 in Canada, and Europe I don't believe has a confirmed price point as of yet. All figures will be available starting this holiday season.