During Nintendo’s investor results meeting today, president Satoru Iwata announced a Wii U Virtual Console trial system for Amiibo owners.
Iwata stated that Amiibo owners will be able to play famous scenes from select NES and SNES games by scanning in figures; presumably, scanning a figure will allow you to play a scene from that character’s game. You can tap the same Amiibo to the GamePad in succession to play additional scenes from the same game, or you can scan different Amiibo to jump between games (almost like changing cartridges). However, players will not have access to the full games.
Here’s Mr. Iwata’s description of the application:
“We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your amiibo in the first half of this year.
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. 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.” — Satoru Iwata