April Nintendo Direct Drops Many Amiibo Announcements

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

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Today’s Nintendo Direct wasn’t just about the games, as amiibo announcements nearly overshadowed the proceedings.  The series Pikmin, Super Smash Bros., Zelda, and Splatoon got fresh new figures to come in the coming months.

The newly titled Hey! Pikmin has its own Pikmin amiibo that will launch with the game July 28th (above image). The figure will be able to summon additional Pikmin in the game.

Three additional amiibo for the Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary series were announced today, including ones inspired by Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. All three launch on June 23rd. The news of the three Zelda amiibo comes on the heels of a Best Buy leak from the previous week in which those figures were given placeholder pages.

The final three Super Smash Bros. amiibo were finally confirmed to launch on July 21st. The figures of Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta will have two versions of each character, some of which will be retail exclusives in North America. The secondary versions of each figure will be dubbed Player Two on their packaging.

Launching day-and-date with Splatoon 2 will be new versions of Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and the Inkling Squid. While similar on the surface, they operate differently from their 2015 counterparts. These new figures can be befriended with your player Inkling, and can remember your personal outfit and weapon settings. They can even be photographed with (in Nintendo’s words, those screens can be shared with your “human friends” on social media).

For all the amiibo announcements, no word on whether the Monster Hunter Stories amiibo are coming westward.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.