A recent amiibo patent could bring the figures back to life in a new game
May 01, 20202 min read
The whole amiibo craze has cooled down considerably in the past several months. In fact, no new amiibo have been confirmed or released since January 2020, making it the biggest drought in the history of the line since it started all the way back in November of 2014(I remember, I was there day one). Time flies!
While the toys to life crash is partially to blame, Nintendo's own handling of the figures, particularly around the calamitous Wave 4 stock problems, also likely contributed to their eventually downfall.
Details are vague right now, but it uses the same NFC technique by way of amiibo, and the document very clearly shows a Mario amiibo next to images of characters that seem to be placed into a game world (possibly a Squid Kid). Patents don't always lead to follow through, but Nintendo is thinking about reviving the old cash cow again in a unique way. If it's free and uses figures to run, I'll take it!