Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Hits will arrive on the Wii U as a free download this spring, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata announced during a video event today.
The game will allow players to tap their amiibo action figures onto their Wii U GamePads and unlock three-minute snippets of classic Nintendo games like Excitebike, F-Zero and Super Mario World. Games won’t be assigned to amiibo, Iwata said. One person’s Mario could unlock Super Metroid, while another’s Mario could unlock Kirby’s Adventure. Games will be randomly assigned, like a box of chocolates, Iwata said, channeling Forrest Gump.
You can check out Amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Hits in the video below.
Iwata referenced the concept of amiibo unlocking “highlighted scenes” from its games in February.
“With this app, once you tap your amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES,” Iwata said at the time. “You cannot play the entire game due to a time limit, but another tap of the amiibo will enable you to try another highlighted scene in the game. We hope that when you tap your amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge.”
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