Nintendo Brings New amiibo Figures and Functionality to Games in Early 2016

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Launches with a Wolf
Link amiibo

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Nintendo games launching in the first part of the year are going to
include some fun amiibo
functionality. Games like The
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
for the Wii
U
console and Mario
& Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
for
the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems, both launching in March, use a wide variety
of different compatible amiibo figures. Some new amiibo figures will
also launch in March, including the legendary Wolf Link amiibo that is
included in every physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight
Princess HD
, as well as three new figures in the Animal
Crossing
amiibo series, featuring fan-favorite characters like
Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover. The previously announced Ryu, Roy and
R.O.B. (Famicom Colors) amiibo figures will also launch in March.


“New amiibo figures and functionality will keep surprising fans in
2016,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice
President of Sales & Marketing. “All the upcoming amiibo prove that the
must-have figures are continuing to evolve in unexpected and fun ways.”

When the physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
launches on March 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99, it will
include a beautiful Wolf Link amiibo figure based on the same character
from the classic game. Purchasing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight
Princess HD
and Wolf Link amiibo bundle will currently be the only
way to get this amiibo figure. When tapped to the Wii U GamePad
controller, this legendary lupine opens the Cave of Shadows, a
challenging new bonus dungeon in the game. After completing the Cave of
Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link
amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadows to
replenish life energy. After conquering the cave, players can save a
record of their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to
beat their score at any time. Some of the data stored on the Wolf Link
amiibo figure can also be used with The Legend of Zelda game for
Wii U, which launches this year. More details about this functionality
will be revealed in the future.

In addition to the Wolf Link amiibo, other amiibo figures in the Super
Smash Bros.
series like Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Sheik and Ganondorf
will work with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. By
tapping the Link or Toon Link amiibo, players can replenish their
arrows. Tapping Zelda or Sheik will refill the player’s hearts, while,
in a devious twist, tapping the Ganondorf figure will actually make Link
take double the damage!

On March 18, new amiibo figures in the Animal Crossing series
will launch in stores, including characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n
and Rover. Digby will also be made available as a stand-alone amiibo.
The next series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards also launches in
March, bringing the grand total of available amiibo cards to be used in
games like Animal
Crossing: amiibo Festival
for Wii U and Animal
Crossing: Happy Home Designer
for Nintendo 3DS to a whopping
300. Let the collecting begin!

Fans who are ready to compete in Rio de Janeiro with Mario, Sonic and
the gang in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will
also have to warm up their amiibo-tapping fingers. When the
action-filled game launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 18 at a suggested
retail price of $39.99, both Mario and Sonic amiibo figures will be
compatible*. By tapping the Mario or Sonic amiibo figures to the New
Nintendo 3DS system (or on a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo
2DS
system using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory), players can boost
Mario and Sonic’s outfits with that character’s power for the day.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, some of the
Pokémon amiibo will be made available again at select retailers. Fans
should be on the lookout for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja and Lucario
to once again return to shelves right next to Pikachu.

Finally, Star
Fox Zero
 delivers a new beginning for the classic shooter
series. With a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and
the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through
intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew. The game launches
exclusively for Wii U on April 22 and will feature amiibo compatibility.
More details will be revealed at a later time.

For more information about amiibo, visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let
adults manage the content their children can access. For more
information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu
or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

*Games, systems and amiibo figures sold separately.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 686 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

About SEGA® of America, Inc.:

SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA
Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both
inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of
hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
SEGA of America’s website is located at http://www.sega.com/.

About ISM:

ISM is the IOC’s exclusive worldwide licensee for Interactive
Entertainment Software. In addition to these exclusive rights, ISM is
one of the world’s leading providers of sports fantasy games working
with a number of sport’s governing bodies. Visit the company’s website
at http://www.ismltd.com/
and http://www.olympicvideogames.com/.

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