My Amiibos need love. They have become more collectables to me than interactive toys. It’s not that Nintendo hasn’t made them useful or given them purpose. Several games have cool little ways that interact with Amiibos. However, the Amiibos are not useful in the way I want them to.
I am a big fan of the toys to life genre that has imploded since the reimagining of Spyro into Skylanders. Am I sad there aren’t traditional Spyro games? Yes, but what has spawned from the backbone of our nostalgia has given a new generation of gamers something worthwhile to remember from their childhood.
Hell, I’ve said it before. I wish we had these during my childhood. My biggest problem with Nintendo’s little gems is that they don’t add anything significant to their games. A few costumes unlocked for Miis in Mario Kart, a few character costumes for Mario Maker and a few items in Zelda but not much else.
What the Amiibo need is its own game. Something like Skylanders or Disney infinity to really make it something special, at least from a gameplay perspective. A game where you Amiibo become characters you can upgrade, take to your friends house and show how your Amiibo is different from any other.
They best examples of great Amiibo integration have been Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. Wii U. Splatoon’s Amiibo essentially act as DLC providing extra missions, equipment and minigames that are not part of the main game. I mean how awesome would it be if you got a little figure every time you bought DLC. Nintendo should do this more.
Smash Bros. takes the Amiibos in an interesting direction but it’s not without its fault. You can customize, name and train your Amiibo but they are regulated to nothing more than pets. You can’t control them or play as them.
I want my Amiibo to be more than statues because that was what I was sold on. Hopefully, Nintendo has something great for them in the future. Otherwise, they will stay collecting dust on my shelf.