These are a new range of Nintendo character figures that will work with certain Nintendo games, such as Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart 8, on Wii U (using the built in NFC sensor on the gamepad) & 3DS (using an external adapter of some kind). Lowest prices online atm, they do look great don't they? X)
Connect with the game
Introducing amiibo™: character figurines designed to connect and interact with compatible games. By holding the amiibo over your Wii U GamePad, you'll open up new experiences within each corresponding game.
Your amiibo will store data as you play, making it your very own, one-of-a-kind amiibo.
The first amiibo series will be for Super Smash Bros.™ for Wii U
Send your amiibo in to fight and grow stronger!
In the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game, you'll be able to scan your amiibo into the game. You'll then be able to fight against your amiibo, team up with it in battle or watch it battle other in-game characters. Your amiibo will be able to increase its attack and defense stats and even learn new fighting tactics.
At launch, there will be around 10 different amiibo figurines available. More will be released during holiday 2014 and throughout 2015.
A range of compatible games
In addition to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, a variety of other games will offer amiibo compatibility. How they interact will vary from game to game.
Wii U games with planned amiibo functionality include:
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Mario Kart™ 8
Captain Toad™: Treasure Tracker
Mario Party™ 10
Yoshi's Woolly World™
Nintendo 3DS systems will be compatible with amiibo functionality using a peripheral device, scheduled to launch in 2015. Stay tuned for information on the Nintendo 3DS games that will work with amiibo.