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amiibo Tapped Out?

An amiibo Collector's Impressions of amiiboTAP: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

by Ryan Thompson

Good news! You're coming off the shelf tonight!

Good news! You're coming off the shelf tonight!

My wife and I (and our kids?) have lots of amiibo. Yep, we’re in deep enough to know that the plural form is amiibo, not amiibos. We were excited to have a reason to pull them off the display shelf. But, that reason is not compelling enough to add much needed value beyond display, and they do look awesome hanging out on our china cabinet.

AmiiboTAP is free, for what it’s worth. We didn’t find it worth the space on the hard drive. Scanning an amiibo scores you twenty-seven minutes, in most cases, of time with a Nintendo or Super Nintendo game. These minutes are split up into three-minute scenes. Some games have nine, others four to seven scenes.

Sonic knows this isn't worth the time.

Sonic knows this isn't worth the time.

Our amiibo collection is vast enough to have unlocked all the glorified demos available in AmiiboTAP, and to start seeing repeats of titles….

There are a few games we haven’t played before. My wife initially thought that “scene” meant we would be watching a video playthrough. She was only slightly more impressed when we actually played through a bit of Wario’s Woods. The playtime was enough to know why we missed that game back in the day.

Here are the games unlocked by our amiibo. This certainly appears to be random.

In a year, we’ll revisit the demos of amiiboTAP. When our daughter is old enough to experience some of the classics, TAP might make more sense. I’m sure kids will enjoy tapping their amiibo on the gamepad, registering owners, nicknaming them and watching the game present animations – over and over…. Allowing kids to play through bitesize chunks of the classics is a great way to expose them to older games and mechanics, without forcing them to endure outdated gameplay for too long.  For those of us familiar with much of Nintendo’s back catalogue, TAP is a reminder of the games we loved and justification for the few games we’ve missed. But hey, all our amiibo now have registered owners and nicknames!

Posted on May 2, 2015 and filed under Reviews.

ICYMI: Nintendo eShop New Releases and Specials this week

via Nintendo PressRoom

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • 3D After Burner II – 3D After Burner II is a remastered version of the arcade classic. Pilot your F-14D fighter through enemy territory while blasting away squadrons of enemy fighters. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS

  • Lufia: The Legend Returns – Join a cast of 12 playable characters in this classic Game Boy Color turn-based adventure filled with love, hope, terror and revenge. Complete quests to open up new paths, level up by battling monstrous enemies and gain new abilities by finding Ancient Texts hidden within dungeons and caves.

Virtual Console on Wii U

  • Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – In this NES classic, Ken has retired from his glory days in the Street Fighter world, but he must return to his roots when he finds his friend missing. Jump, climb and fight past monstrous enemies as Ken teleports across the galaxy to set things right.

Nintendo eShop Sales

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS 
    • The Throwback Sale is on! Generations of fun come together as we pair classic games from past Nintendo systems with their newer siblings on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Going on now until Feb. 5 at 8:59 a.m. PT, we’ll offer weekly discounts on select game pairings like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D World. Buy one or buy both games in each pairing – either way, you’ll get great savings during the sale. Check out for more details.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U 
    • Loads of indie hits are now on sale during the Super Indie Connection Sale #2. Now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29, fans who own any of the participating games already – or purchase one at full price during the promotion – qualify to receive 60 percent off any of the other participating games. Check out more details.

Price Reductions

Also New this Week

Posted on January 18, 2015 and filed under News.

Wii to Wii U transfer and why I'll wait

In a word: granularity.

The Wii U is coming out on Sunday. Nintendo has detailed the process for transferring your Wii game save data, and downloaded games from the Wii to the Wii U.

That's fine, and I get that people want to do that. But from what people have reported, it seems like its an all or nothing transfer, and it's a one time only event.

Here's where I have a problem. I want finer control over what gets transferred and what doesn't. Specifically in my case I want to leave the downloaded Wii Shop games (Virtual Console and WiiWare) on the Wii. But I want to transfer my game saves and Mii's to the new system.

Here's the rationale. There's no advantage to having my VC games on the Wii U. They will look just the same on my HD TV. My plan is to bump the Wii down to my old CRT TV and play virtual console games there. Where they will actually probably look half decent in standard definition.

On the other hand, I still want to keep playing some Wii games on the Wii U, like Super Smash Bros Brawl or Monster Hunter Tri, without losing my game save data and being require to start from the beginning again.

So I'm going to wait, in the hopes that Nintendo releases a transfer process that is a little more fine tuned, than the current all or nothing proposition.

Who knows, maybe they'll surprise us on launch day with a tweaked transfer process? That would be a pleasant surprise!

Posted on November 14, 2012 and filed under Article.