Nintendo has officially announced the amiibo wave 1 and Super Smash Bros Wii U release date is November 21 following numerous European retailer leaks publishing the same date. The launch date in Europe is actually November 28.
A second wave of amiibo figures will arrive on December 16 in Europe and sometime during the same month in North America, mostly likely a week or so earlier to leave ample shopping time before Christmas. This previously unannounced wave of amiibo figures includes Diddy Kong, Zelda, Luigi, Captain Falcon, Pit, and Little Mac.
The first wave of amiibo figures as previously announced includes Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Peach, Marth, Yoshi, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer. All of the Nintendo amiibo figures will cost around $12.99 in stores depending on the retailer.
The Super Smash Bros Wii U and amiibo release date comes as no surprise given the timing just ahead of the Black Friday shopping season in North America. Nintendo wants their new Toys to Life product on shelf alongside Activision’s Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes game when shoppers are more apt to empty their wallets at retail.
Unlike the competition where the interactive figures are required to play the game, Nintendo’s amiibo have been created as a supplemental experience that can either be ignored by Super Smash Bros Wii U owners or fully embraced. It’s highly likely that many amiibos will sell to buyers who simply want a fantastic toy representation of their favorite Nintendo characters and have no intention of every using it in a Wii U game.
Other confirmed games that will support Nintendo amiibo at some point in the future are Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and Yoshi’s Woolly World.
Here’s Nintendo’s official new amiibo figures description and intended functionality:
The amiibo figures can interact wirelessly with compatible games in unique new ways, providing fresh game-play experiences and a great value for consumers. Players simply need to tap them to the Wii U GamePad controller to activate them, and some figures offer compatibility across multiple games – no additional equipment is required. Fans can buy and collect amiibo, to bring them closer to the games and characters they love. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will support amiibo when it launches on Nov. 21, and upcoming amiibo compatible games include Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. Mario Kart 8, available now in stores and the Nintendo eShop, will also support amiibo in the future. A software update may be necessary to use amiibo functionality for these and other amiibo compatible games in the future.
We will update our Amiibo figures guide once packaged wave 2 images surface. In the meantime, check out the new wave 2 loose figure images below.