amiibo Cards & Avatars
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Ideally, the avatars for the Nintendo Online Service will be free, but realistically they’re probably going to charge for any additional ones. PSN and XBox Live both charge for the majority of their avatars and themes, so it shouldn’t be surprising if Nintendo cashes in on it too. But if they do, I hope they at least get creative and let us have some fun with it.
I’ve been imagining a system with amiibo collectible cards that allow you to scan them on your Nintendo Switch and unlock digital items for your account and system/os. Cards would unlock Avatars, Themes, Stamps, Miis, MiniGames and other ideas. Nintendo can keep it fresh with new types of unlockables in future releases that add to the total amount of cards. After a few series releases the card collection would dig deep into Nintendo’s history like the Super Smash Bros Trophies.
The unlockables tied into the cards are as follows:
- Avatars: Icons used for the Nintendo Online Service, every card will have at least one avatar. These will be usable as a profile picture for Nintendo Account. The avatar will be related to the card that unlocks it.
- Miis: These will be special Mii’s that look like the character on the card that unlocks it. These will most likely be the least common unlock.
- Theme: The player will be able to set different themes on the Switch similar to the 3DS. Most times one card won’t unlock an entire theme, but maybe one of the parts to a complete theme. (Example: Song, Icon Set, Wallpaper)
- Stamp: A stamp for the player’s stamp book profile (like achivements/trophies) and can be used when sending messages, and even stamping on their avatar. They may have special colored ink to represent they were obtained through amiibo.
Players will get 6 Cards in a pack, and 5 of the 6 cards will be a standard, regular card. These cards will unlock a combination of Avatars, Theme Items, Mii or Stamps. Every card will have at least one Avatar, and a minimum of one other item unlocked with the card.
Every pack of cards would also include 1 Special Card, either a “Mini Game Challenge” or a “Power Up!”. “Power Up!” cards are the more common type of Special Card. Their functionality is essentially the same as the regular card, except it always has 3 Unlocks, and has a glossy holographic look to it (similar to special Animal Crossing cards). All of the “Power Up!” cards are based on power ups and items from Nintendo Games.
The Mini Game Challenge cards are the rarest type of card, these bring back flash backs of e-Reader games in Mario Party-e. All of the unlocks will be locked behind a certain set of goals that the player must complete. When the player completes the challenge they will unlock the prizes. The player will be able to re-lock the challenge back on the card with a new goal that they set. The example card above is for a Time Trial in Super Mario Kart. When the player scans in the card it would load up Mario Circuit Time Trial with 3 separate times to beat. Beating all Top 3 times on the course would unlock all 3 items. You can then assign your Top 3 times to the card and pass it on or trade it with a friend to challenge them. These cards might also have Mini Games that are similar to those found in Wario Ware or NES Remix.
In an entire Series there would break down to about 120 Cards – 3 MiniGame Challenges, 22 Power Up! cards and 95 Regular Cards.
I have never spent any money on avatars for any online account, but I believe this would be the way to reel me in. Collecting the cards would bring a mysterious excitement from the randomness of each pack, and the functionality would work directly with my Switch’s appearance (theme) or my profile (avatar/stamps/mii). Every time you used your Nintendo Switch you would encounter your unlocks. As much as I love the in-game Smash Bros Trophy collecting, a table of 700+ amiibo figures is not practical. A binder or box of cards however is, and that is why I could really see this as a good way for Nintendo to sell their avatars and themes but allow the customers to have a fun time obtaining them in the process.
Posted on February 23, 2017, in Featured Opinion, Special Features and tagged Amiibo, amiibo card, arwing, avatar, cactus pokey, Captain Falcon, carrot, icon, Mii, nintendo account, nintendo online service, professor layton, samurai goroh, stamp, super mario land 2, theme. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.