Christmas is almost upon us, and in video game stores across Italy (not only) boys begin to evaluate the pros and cons of a purchase rather than another. If btween games the main interest seems reserved for the sequel of some famous sagas such as that of Assassin Creed, launched by Ubisoft in November 2007 for Playstation 3 and Xbox360 and then brought even onMicrosoft Windows pc (then even on iPhones and smartphones), which has reached with Unity the eighth chapter (plus 5 spin off and 2 online games) or of Far Cry (developed by Crytek but published by Ubisoft from 2004 with the pc release), which is instead come to fourth episode, per i più giovani attratti dalla combinazione action figure, for younger people attracted by the combination action figure plus platform plus games next to the various Skylanders of Blizzard Activision and Disney Infinity of which we already talked a few weeks ago appeared also the Amiibo.
In this case, to launch the challenge to the two duelists was Nintendo, which for now has launched twelve characters (the evergreen Mario together with Link, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Samus, Fox, Pikachu, Peach, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer), compatible with three games (Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors) who will be joined six other characters from 19 December (the other half of “Mario Bros”, i.e. Luigi, together with Little Mac, Captain Falcon, Pit, Diddy Kong and Zelda) only to see in January and February landing in stores of other twelve figures including those dedicated to Bowser, Mega Man and Sonic, besides of course new games (for now are announced Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and Mario Party 10).
The feeling is that Nintendo will have to sweat a little to regain lost ground, because for now the Amiibo can only be used with the Wii U, by NFC connection presents precisely in this console. Only in the course of next year Amiibo should also be supported by portables 2DS and 3DS, thanks to the marketing of a specific accessory. Nintendo, however, can boast the wide fame achieved by his characters whose action figures, as in the case of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, will interact within games unlocking new game modes, new weapons or allowing various customizations. They also will be subjected to training to improve their skills.
We do not have to wait for the first sales data in the final balance of the imminent Christmas season, which according to forecasts of Nintendo should record sales in the US alone for a billion dollars, while if you want to follow the developments of this sector you can continue reading Mondivirtuali.it following us also through our account on Twitter and through our fanpage son Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is even on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it and on Paper.li, as well as on Youtube). And may the best win!