Nintendo wowed audiences today with its Smash Bros. Ultimate extravaganza during its pre-recorded showcase. Smash Bros. Ultimate will support every existing amiibo associated with a playable character, but that doesn’t mean that Nintendo is done making new ones. During the Nintendo Treehouse, officials confirmed four more amiibo are on their way.
The confirmed amiibo include Inkling Girl, Ridley, and Daisy. The fourth placeholder shown is for an unknown amiibo, although it could be Inkling Boy or one of the new or returning fighters to Smash Bros. that missed the last wave of amiibo, like the Ice Climbers or a guest character such as Snake. Unfortunately, Nintendo only had available mockups of the Inkling Girl and Ridley available to show, with placeholders for the other two. However, what they had available looks impressive.
Metroid‘s Ridley manages to pack in all the detail a player would expect of Ridley into a tiny amiibo figure. Like all Super Smash Bros. amiibo, it can be used to unlock a Ridley Figure Player in-game, which will acquire experience and gradually level up as they did in Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U. There’s no exact release date for the amiibo yet, but it’s likely to come around the same time as the release of the game in December.
The amiibo Inkling Girl is nearly identical to her counterpart released with Splatoon. Her basic pose is very similar, and she still wields a Splattershot. However, the ink tank has been modified, displaying a different amount of ink than the original amiibo. Whether or not there will be any significant differences in-game between using the original Splatoon amiibo or the new one is unclear, although Nintendo may be releasing it due to the fact that Splatoon premiered back in 2015 and the amiibo can be difficult to find.
Nintendo amiibo have enjoyed extreme popularity since they were first introduced, which means that the new amiibo are likely to fly off the shelves and decimate pre-orders once they open. With any luck, Nintendo will evaluate the long-standing desire among gamers for Ridley to join Smash Bros. and will do a better job of producing an adequate supply for collectors.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7, 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.