Nintendo reveals 'Skylanders'-like toy line at E3

The Japanese gaming giant unveiled a toy figure line called “amiibo” that will work in tandem with its video games like the toys-meet-games franchises from Activision Blizzard Inc. and the Walt Disney Co.
By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer, AP Entertainment Writer Published: June 11, 2014

In brief

Nintendo shows toys

Nintendo is taking a cue from “Skylanders” and “Disney Infinity.”

The Japanese gaming giant unveiled a toy figure line called “amiibo” that will work in tandem with its video games like the toys-meet-games franchises from Activision Blizzard Inc. and the Walt Disney Co. Nintendo released the online video Tuesday during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the industry’s annual trade show.

“We see ‘amiibo’ as a brand-new platform for us,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. “We use the term ‘platform’ specifically. Today, it’s figures. In the future, it could be other things that tie into the near-field communication technology built right into the GamePad.”

The characters’ virtual histories will be stored on the plastic figures and sent through the Wii U GamePad.

Associated Press