As E3 2015 kicks into high gear, it’s not irregular to see news items leaking before the studios responsible for them have a chance to announce them themselves. Nintendo is one such company that’s had a couple of items revealed prematurely, with the more recent being the inclusion of Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Fire Emblem‘s Roy in Super Smash Bros. being one of them. It would appear that those items won’t be the end of it either.
Much to the surprise of few, Nintendo plans on releasing more of its ever-popular amiibo. Unfortunately for the Japanese gaming giant, however, it may have accidentally revealed a pair of new lines based on Super Mario Maker and Animal Crossing.
Spotted by Eurogamer in an image on Nintendo’s European press site, the newest entries in Nintendo’s immensely successful toys-to-life genre appear to been ousted – although the company has since removed them from its web domain. It appears that the new amiibo will consist of none other than a handful of central characters from Animal Crossing and an 8-bit Mario that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario series. Presumably, the blocky, tribute-centric trophy is going to tie in with the launch of Super Mario Maker, but at this point the role of these new amiibo are still up in the air.
What’s odd about the AC line in particular though, is the fact that Nintendo only just announced an entire series of amiibo cards that will launch alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer later this year. What these new figurines do then is hint at the imminent announcement of a new installment in the series, which would presumably arrive on the Wii U. This is just speculation on our part, but it would make sense that Ninty would want to release figures of Tom Nook, K.K. Slider, Isabelle, and Mable for a brand new game.
Even after announcing a number of new amiibo in its ongoing Super Smash Bros. line, many were expecting Nintendo to reveal additional toys. While this expectation makes the apparent news less surprising, it’s still intriguing to get a look into what the Big N is planning next for fans of the scannable, collectible tech. Since Nintendo has already shipped 10.5 million amiibo worldwide as of March, however, it’s safe to say that the company is far from finished.
What do you think of the new line of amiibo? Will you be picking up any of the prematurely revealed toys? Get at us in the comments.