Nintendo Plans Amiibo-Exclusive Smash Bros Tournament

Posted: Mar 12 2015, 6:13pm CDT | by , Updated: Mar 12 2015, 7:49pm CDT


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Nintendo Plans Amiibo-Exclusive Smash Bros Tournament

Whose NFC-enabled figurine will reign supreme?

After years of worse-than-expected performance, Nintendo struck holiday gold with its Amiibo products over the 2014 Christmas season, generating Tickle Me Elmo levels of hype and outsold inventory. The miniature toys have special NFC (Near Field Communication) chips that interact directly with the Wii U gamepad to allow players to create customized fighters in a way that no previous Super Smash Bros title has.

Of course, it's now up to Nintendo to keep that hype going and prove to the loyal throngs that their purchases will not become obsolete like so many other Nintendo gimmicks. By now, the most ardent Super Smario Bros players have no doubt leveled up their Amiibo to the maximum level possible, and customized them with the best combination of attacks and strategy.

And it's at that point that those players may be wondering what the next step is. At the end of the day, Amiibo fighters in Super Smash Bros are nothing more than extra strong computer-controlled characters. There is no special unlockable, no fancy game mode, no extra in-game achievement that players get for investing their time in creating an intensely strong Amiibo.

This month though, that changes in Japan, as Nintendo is inviting those with super-charged Amiibo fighters to a special tournament. Instead of a lot of button mashing, thumbstick clicking, and fast-moving fingers, though, this video game tournament will be filled with spectators -- including the competitors. Those who enter the tournament will bring their own Amiibo, and from that point on the match is out of their hands.

Contestants' Amiibo will be pitted against each other, and the computer-controlled algorithms will determine the winner through a series of battles. The tournament is being held as a handful of retail stores across Japan.

By organizing a competitive tournament featuring nothing but the collectible toys, Nintendo is doing its part to prove that Amiibo are not just a cheap impulse buy to line the company's pockets. It will be interesting to see how the world of Amiibo continues to grow as new figures are released and more games become compatible with them.

Via Gamewatch (Japanese)

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