Nintendo held an event called Nindies@Night at the EMP Museum in Seattle ahead of PAX Prime. They made several high profile announcements regarding independent games being brought to the Wii U and 3DS consoles. None of the announcements made at the event were quite as big as the announcement of a Shovel Knight amiibo figure.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I called that a major announcement. It makes sense to question me here. Amiibo aren’t a huge part of the actual GAMES on the Wii U or 3DS. They are mostly a collectable side project with some interesting cosmetic effects in games. It is entirely possible to skip them entirely and not suffer for it at all.
BUT, even when we set that aside for a moment, this is still a pretty big deal because it shows Nintendo continuing their strong commitment to independently developed games.
The Shovel Knight amiibo is also a very interesting business arrangement. Yacht Club games is responsible for manufacturing and distribution, but Nintendo has stated that it will be displayed in stores alongside the first party amiibo. (That is all assuming you’ll ever be able to find one).
The figure will work with the Wii U and 3DS versions of Shovel Knight. In the 3DS version the figure will unlock special challenge stages. Those same stages will be unlocked on the Wii U version as well, but will also unlock a Wii U version exclusive coop mode. Yacht club has also promised that the amiibo will have some effect in all of their future amiibo enabled games.
Pretty neat stuff if you ask me. Ask you going to be getting one? Let me know in the comments!