NES and SNES Virtual Console trials to be included with amiibo in first half of 2015

Rapid fire Virtual Console trials coming your way.

Nintendo is preparing to add more value to every amiibo figure by allowing figures to unlock ‘ famous scenes’ of Virtual Console games to played when the figures are touched to the GamePad.

When you scan the amiibo you’ll be able to play different (per figure) NES and SNES games on the Wii U, no word on Nintendo 3DS support. You won’t unlock the entire game, nor will you be able to play it forever – expect to see similar to what’s included in the Masterpieces section of Super Smash Bros. on Wii U.

Nintendo says you’ll be able to switch between games like you used to be able to with older cartridge based systems “rapid fire” style.

This functionality is planned to be added in the first half of the year and should apply to all currently available amiibo.

Source: Nintendo

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  • Leiigh
    February 17, 2015 at 11:53 am


    That’s a joke. If it were the entire VC game, maybe. Even then, any two of those games that you or I could think of being eligible wouldn’t gel with this.

    How are you meant to figure out from a ‘vertical slice’ of Earthbound, Punch-Out or even a Fire Emblem game whether you want to purchase the whole thing?

    The Masterpieces stuff in Smash Bros is a bad comparison, because in those snippets you can see what was lifted and brought into the base game whether it’s a level, song, or indeed a special move.

    The only way I see this being beneficial is if it’s an early signal of a change of thinking re VC. I liked the NES Remix stuff because I for one am not that fond of the original Zeldas to go back and play them from scratch but enjoy the ‘WarioWare’ approach they get from the Remix games.


  • skywake
    February 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Any extra functionality for Amiibo is a positive IMO.

  • Jackal
    February 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Who cares about extra functionality, just make the stock more reliable.

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