Nintendo’s amiibo have been a big hit for the company, since they launched late last year alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. A mixture of their natural appeal and limited supply has helped to keep them in high demand, but Nintendo’s long term plans for the models haven’t been particularly clear.
A little more of that has come into focus during today’s Nintendo Direct, as a whole host of new amiibo have been revealed. Tying into Smash Bros., April 24th will see Robin, Lucina, Wario, Charizard, Ness and Pac-Man go on sale, but this also saw a new range of models announced as part of a Super Mario Series, featuring Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Wario and Bowser.
With different amiibo, you have different hooks into different games, and the Super Mario series is focussed on Mario Party 10, allowing you to unlock new game pieces that look like the amiibo figures and new themed game boards. With these being duplicate characters, you can use either version of a character with any game that supports them, so a Mario from the Smash Bros. series will give you the same unlocks as a Super Mario series one in both of those games.
Toad, meanwhile, has the added bonus of unlocking new content in Captain Toad, such as a new hide and seek mode, with this content and amiibo support being patched in as the Super Mario series amiibo release on March 20th.
Elsewhere, the New Nintendo 3DS’ built in support for these NFC models will be getting some use, with Codename STEAM and Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy Plus getting support for various figures.