WiiU

Unlock Virtual Console Trials With Amiibo Later This Year

by Alex Osborn - February 16, 2015, 9:52 pm PST
Total comments: 31 Source: Nintendo, Via Twitter (Cheesemeister3k)

Tapping the toys to the Wii U GamePad will let you sample some Nintendo classics.

Later this year, Wii U owners will be able to unlock time-limited trial versions of various Nintendo and Super Nintendo games by tapping their Amiibo to the GamePad.

Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata made the announcement during tonight's financial meeting, noting that tapping the same Amiibo multiple times will allow you to select between various scenes within a particular game. The feeling of doing so is apparently akin to that of changing cartridges.

Support for this functionality is planned to go live within the first half of this year.

Talkback

StratosFebruary 16, 2015

Now this is a cool use of amiibo. Hopefully they will release additional VC titles because of this. Can easily boost sales of VC titles.

broodwarsFebruary 17, 2015

It figures that the only interest Nintendo has in Virtual Console these days is through ****ing Amiibos.  ::)

Darth CaedusFebruary 17, 2015

Not Earth-shattering, but definitely a step in the right direction which will hopefully sate some of the "Amiibo don't DO anything" crowd... I'm a fan of Amiibo, so I'll probably get some use out of this.

Triforce HermitFebruary 17, 2015

This might be nice if they were releasing VC titles on the 3DS.

ejamerFebruary 17, 2015

I think this is pretty cool.


One potential downside: I can't help but wonder if most serious collectors (ie: people putting in the time/effort to get Amiibo figures) won't already own the full games... making trial versions kind of useless?

KITT 10KFebruary 17, 2015

I agree with Darth Caedus, "not earth shattering, but a step in the right direction ". But I still feel more should be done with these, (I'm sure there will be, but they've gotta do more than just this. Just have to wait and see I guess).

Evan_BFebruary 17, 2015

For ejamer, I believe the situation could be something akin to an NES Remix-esque function. Drop players into an iconic moment of the game, such as vs. Ridley from Super Metroid, only give them a healthy amount of Super Missiles and Energy Tanks. Or throw you into a particularly challenging platforming section of Yoshi's Island.

That's how I would like to see this idea implemented, anyway. There is a potential failure in this, which would be "Mario, Link, Kirby, Samus, and that's it". And that the selection of sequences is bullshit like world 1-1 from SMB, which every self-respecting gamer has played, or giving Luigi and Bowser the same scenes as Mario. However, I would like to see them do something with more recent Amiibo characters like Shulk, Robin, and Olimar. We'll have to wait and see what the extent of this service is, though. But hey, more cool shit for Amiibo collectors.

No, Nintendo, I will not buy Wrecking Crew, no matter how many ways you can distribute a demo.

LudicrousDa3veFebruary 17, 2015

This is Iwata's ship. Each amiibo will just give you access to a different phase in Balloon Fight. There's ALWAYS another way for them to get us to play ******* Balloon Fight.  :D

marvel_moviefan_2012February 17, 2015

I actually stopped playing NES Remix because of the Balloon Fight levels. Its just a cheap Joust Knock off and not done very well at all.


So Wii U is bombing but with Amiibo Nintendo was able to turn a profit and the Wii U is not dead champions come back and pretend their dud is actually doing okay. Instead of getting more games for people to buy they just find yet another way to milk the shrinking fanbase for even more pennies.

They're profitable, which means they'll live to fight another console cydle. If they can learn a few things from their competitiomn mwybe come up with a few of their owm, they could be very successful

Linkle LinkFebruary 17, 2015

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

They're profitable, which means theyll live to fight another console cydle. If they can learn a few things from their competitiomn mwybe come up with a few of their owm, they could be very succesfull

Insanolord is posting while drunk again......

More like my autocorrect has been way too overzealous lately. There were a whole bunch more mistakes in there that I caught and fixed.

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

If autocorrect was overzealous, then you should have less mistakes. Autocorrect isn't going to take maybe and turn it into mwybe. That's the worst lie ever. Insanolord, you've just been nailed!

Once again, Agent Khushrenada gets his man.

StogiFebruary 18, 2015

Ducking Khush!

StogiFebruary 18, 2015

Duck!

StogiFebruary 18, 2015

Duck!

StogiFebruary 18, 2015

KHUUUSH!

Fuck!

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Oh good. We can post multiple times in a Talkback thread again. Let me tell you, I've got a lot of high-concept humorous ideas to display with this method.

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Why can’t you hear a Pterodactyl go to the bathroom?

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Because the P is silent.

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Quote from: Khushrenada

I've got a lot of high-concept humorous ideas to display with this method.

Ok, some maybe this isn't one of them but just wait. I'm only warming up. The funny train express is about to leave the station!

If you have something that's actually high-concept or humorous, even somewhat adequate, feel free to post multiple times in TalkBack. Otherwise, don't go overboard.

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

If you have something that's actually high-concept or humorous, even somewhat adequate, feel free to post multiple times in TalkBack. Otherwise, don't go overboard.

What?!

You are drunk.....

I also feel we are getting off topic in this thread which is about your terrible excuse that autocorrect is making mistakes for you.

Are you challenging my constitutional right to be drunk while browsing the forums? This is America, pal.

StratosFebruary 18, 2015

Yes, get that "high-concept humor" out of our funhouse. You are ruining it with that dreck.

Linkle LinkFebruary 18, 2015

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Are you challenging my constitutional right to be drunk while browsing the forums? This is America, pal.

Not at all. Lord knows that being drunk is the only way I can come here and be able to read Insanolord's posts Ian Sane's posts Pokepal's posts Broodwars's posts Khushrenada's posts (Wait! What?) Stratos's posts marvel_moviefan_2012's posts  ShyGuy's posts BlackNMild2k1's posts Lucariofan99's posts Mop it up's posts a lot of the posts made here.

My only problem is that you are on the clock or "job" of Community Manager and being drunk while working seems like a pretty big no-no to me. At least I know what I can tell NWR it needs to do to improve itself which is make me director of the site stricter hiring practices and background checks.

The life of a Community Manager is fraught with peril and heartache. I have to deal with that the best I can.

marvel_moviefan_2012February 18, 2015

hey for once a thread was derailed and I had nothing to do with it. Can we turn this back into how Game Cube was the best thing ever and Wii U is still a joke, and not a good one at that. Or what is the actual topic again just general bitching about nothing, cuz I think as a community we got that done.

Mop it upFebruary 18, 2015

Yet another lame use of amiibo.

There's a non-lame use? (Besides starting wars in small countries, I mean.)

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