Activating an Amiibo on the Wii U’s gamepad will grant the user the ability to play a timed portion of a classic game corresponding to the figure. Players will be able to tap their Amiibo to expose several different trials to choose from. Activation will also result in the option to buy the full Virtual Console version of the game sampled in the trial.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also acknowledged that any future card versions of Amiibo figures will offer players the same benefits.
Offering trials of classic NES and SNES titles to those who activate their Amiibo is an innovative way to both add incentive to purchase the figures and to expose classic games to those who may have missed them or were too young to experience them in the first place. In turn, Nintendo has the potential to garner profit from both Amiibo themselves and the Virtual Console titles that they help to advertise and expose. I personally do not purchase Amiibo, but think it is an inventive strategy put forth by Nintendo and I hope it serves to open the eyes of those who have not dabbled in NES and SNES classics.
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