Amiibo have become a massive part of Nintendo’s strategy, being integrated into numerous games, but one area they’ve not been able to capitalize on the figures is in the mobile space. Mobile devices are not often equipped with the NFC technology Amiibo need to link up to a device, but that’s all changing with Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 line. Several people have noted the door that this opens for Nintendo, and Shigeru Miyamoto has now confirmed that they are indeed considering the use of Amiibo figures with their mobile games.
“There’s nothing we can announce today but It’s certainly an area we’re interested in, and today Apple announced some new news about their NFC technology. Until the announcement this morning there wasn’t a whole lot we could do, but now we can look at what they’ve said and how we might have an opportunity to use that.” — Shigeru Miyamoto
Granted, this hardly confirms that Amiibo compatibility will be included in future games, but with Nintendo’s hard push into mobile gaming it’d be a bit surprising to not see them try to capitalize on this new opportunity of bringing in their toys-to-life figures. Perhaps they’ll even work in some Amiibo functionality to the titles they’re currently developing, be that the recently delayed Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem titles or the newly-announced Super Mario Run. Only time will tell at this point.
Would you like to see Amiibo usage in Nintendo’s mobile titles? What sort of functionality do you think the figures could provide to these games? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!