During a recent interview with iJustine, Shigeru Miyamoto briefly hinted at the possibility of amiibo integration in upcoming Wii U releases such as Zelda U and Star Fox U. “I can’t really say just yet… but we do plan on doing something so that people who have amiibo will get some enjoyment out of having amiibo and using them in those games,” said Miyamoto when confronted with the question of how these interactive figurines might play a part in two of Nintendo’s most highly anticipated titles for 2015.

Although we’re left with more questions than answers, it is exciting to know that Nintendo is entertaining the idea of amiibo integration in Zelda U. Perhaps the integration with the newest Zelda installment will be similar to that of Hyrule Warriors, where more weapons and/or crafting items will be unlocked. There is also the possibility that the RPG elements from Zelda II will return, using the avatar construction of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to inspire character customization by way of these charming yet sophisticated amiibo.

For now though, we’ll just have to continue to use our imaginations and speculate about how amiibo will be used in future Wii U titles, as Nintendo has proven time and time again that they know how to consistently revolutionize the way we play games.

  • Thomas Andersen

    Whats even more interesting than the amiibo talk is the quote:

    “What we’re trying to do is design it in a way where you don’t have to
    play it for a super long time, but more matched to today’s lifestyle” – Miyamoto

    What does this mean? Less meaningfull content? No side quests like the Anju & Kafei Side Quest from Majoras Mask(amazing one) etc?

    What do you guys think this means?

    • Soeroah

      It could potentially mean ‘hiring’ NPCs to gather potion or upgrade materials for you, so you can focus on the more fun stuff.

      • Thomas Andersen

        Nah.. 🙂 It might mean, that tasks in the game can be done in 5-20minutes to complete! Or at least that in addition to deep and meaningfull content, that there are lots of Mini Content that can be done when one feel like just playing for 20min etc.. I dont know!

        • CEObrainz

          Or perhaps having on screen instructions reminding you what your current task is similar to most open world games. Perhaps for Zelda U there will be a journal that will contain this info instead, sticking to the theme of the game somewhat.

          • Thomas Andersen

            Yeah, like Majoras Mask! That would be nice! Would feel rewarding to complete that journal if there are check marks for each task we find etc! I want “proof” I did things, thats allways nice!:)

    • JaidynReiman

      Actually I think it means its MORE likely to have tons of sidequests to do.

      • Thomas Andersen

        I hope you are right! I also hope they wont result in rupies only, but rather something at the level of the masks in MM! Those felt so rewarding, rupies dont really trigger the same in me.. so I hope you are right and that the side quests feel rewarding, when completed!:)

    • Linus

      I had pictured myself that you could save at any point and time in your quest and don’t have to look up a bird statue or automatically start in some town etc.

    • Katie Towne

      Agreed. I love that idea.

  • Jack Hardman

    is it just me, or does anyone else think amiibos are the lamest thing? the wii u is supposed to be nintendo’s more serious gamer answer to the wii’s more casual focus, and their new big gimmick is having to buy little toys to unlock bonus content? really? I’ve always had a problem with that sort of thing – its got a sort of…freemium edge to it wouldn’t you say? Like if I want to unlock the entire content of the game I’m forced to not only buy the game itself but amiibo figures too…what gives?

    • Ryan Haynes

      Because, unlike DLC, you get something physical with this, along with the bonus content. Also, collectors are a big deal too.

      • MischievousLittleImp

        And it can be used to more than just one game, it can be used to many games, different than normal DLCs.