Shovel Knight Amiibo Announced!

What’s more, it’ll be used to unlock exclusive modes in the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, with the latter getting co-op multiplayer and both gear customisation and challenges stages on both versions of the game.  Here’s the trailer from Nintendo and Yacht Club Games, as made with the guys at Game Grumps:

So what can we say?  Well, it’s proof that third party characters can get Amiibo for purposes outside of Super Smash Bros, the chance of a Yooka-Laylee Amiibo is now much higher than it’s ever been.  It also shows that indie games aren’t ignored as far as this sort of thing goes, which is good for any indie developer potentially interested in Amiibo support for their game.

And hey, guess the existence of the figure makes Shovel Knight’s chances of being playable in Smash Bros all that much higher now.  After all, if an Amiibo exists, we’ve got to find a way to use it outside of just the one game, right?

What do you think about the Shovel Knight Amiibo and its implications for Super Smash Bros?

Professor Layton Actors Denies Super Smash Bros Role

Recently, it’s been speculated that Professor Layton might be planned as a new character in Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U, based on an IMDB page listing his voice actor (Christopher Robin Miller).  But now, it seems this has been proven as false, with said voice actor denying any involvement in the title.

Here’s a video from GameExplain about it, where they show that this is the case:

So does that rule out the character altogether? Well, not theoretically, given that A: even his voice actor might not know if he’s being added and B: someone else could provide the voice, but it does make the rumour much more unlikely, and prove that the IMDB listing has nothing to do with a Layton appearance in Super Smash Bros 4.

But what do you think?  Did you want Professor Layton in Super Smash Bros?

2 Arrested as They Attempt to Attack Pokemon World Championships

In an event that was way too close a call for comfort, Boston Police have arrested two men who threatened Pokemon World Championships attendees with violence.  Notified after someone spotted their threats on social media, they were caught at their hotel just hours before trying to enter the event building.  The individuals had several unlicensed weapons in their car, with (as per the My Fox Boston report) a 12 gauge shotgun, an AR-15, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a hunting knife recovered from the vehicle after a search warrant.

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The Pokemon Company said they were made aware of the threat, commenting that they ‘gathered information quickly and gave it to the authorities at John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, who communicated with the Boston Police Department’.  They also said that they take the safety of their fans seriously, and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority.

Thank god the police acted on this as quickly and efficiently as they did, because this sort of situation is absolutely horrible.

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2 Men Arrested with Several Guns Near Pokemon World Championships – My Fox Boston

WayForward Teasing New Mighty Switch Force Game?

If you’ve been keeping updated on the various indie games that are available on the 3DS and Wii U eShops, you’ve probably seen the Mighty Switch Force series.  Developed by WayForward (maker of the Shantae series and DuckTales Remastered), it’s a series of puzzle platformers where you can push blocks between the background and foreground layers to navigate the game world.  It’s a pretty popular series too, with decent (70-80%) Metacritic scores and sales figures.

But could the company be about to reveal a new title?  It seems quite possible, given some of their (carefully worded) Twitter posts:

Note the pictures of past characters in the series, the talk of the ‘academy opening soon’ and the use of Mighty Switch Force in the hashtags. It’s about as close to a clear hint as you can get without actually announcing the game.

But what do you think? Are these Twitter posts hints that a new Mighty Switch Force sequel will be announced? And if so, what will the ‘gimmick’ be this time, given that the games before it in the ‘Mighty’ series had their own unique mechanics?

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Is WayForward Teasing More Mighty Switch Force – GoNintendo

Amiiqo Device Lets Gamers Emulate Amiibos…

Potentially without having the original figurines, reducing the whole ‘toys to life’ gimmick more than a tad pointless.  Sold for £49.75 on pre order by an unknown company (the website was registered in secret with very little info provided about who operates it), the Amiiqo device lets you store data for up to 200 different Amiibos, and comes pre loaded with the data for 10 of them.  So in other words, a convenient bit of tech that tricks the Wii U into thinking its communicating with an Amiibo while actually providing data from its own software instead.

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Above: A concept for the device, from the official website

And here’s a demonstration of it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Em7JzkzE6I

Either way, it’s an interesting concept.  But what do we think of it?

To be honest, we’re conflicted about the idea.  On the one hand, the whole ‘paying money to collect figures to get content in games’ idea has become a real annoyance in the last few months or so, with a lot of major Nintendo games (especially the likes of Mario Party 10) being significantly less usable without them.  Add a very limited supply of Amiibos and Nintendo not being willing to restock them quickly, and something like this could be more convenient for those of us without tons of money to spare or time to go searching through eBay sales due to the figurines selling out within five minutes.

On the other?  This does rather kill the whole business model for Nintendo, and you could argue quite well that this is basically the toys to life version of a flash cart and ROM downloads.  All it’d take would be a significant portion of Nintendo’s fanbase to buy one, and there goes Nintendo’s Amiibo sales in the blink of the eye.

But what do you think?  Is the Amiiqo a good idea?  Or something that goes against the whole concept and that Nintendo should probably do something about?

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Third Party Amiiqo Lets Users Spoof Amiibo Data – Games Industry.biz