After this past fall’s Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, many fans were wondering when Nintendo would finally focus its toys-to-life line on a Super Mario Bros. title. Well, the time appears to be now, for Japanese players, at least. Mini Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge will be coming to the region this month, and will be available to download in two different ways. The first way to get a hold of Amiibo Challenge is by buying an Amiibo figure, which will come with a special download code for the game bundled with purchase of one of the figurines; this begins on January 28. Nintendo then plans at some point down the road to release the game as a free download on the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
Amiibo Challenge itself appears to be yet another entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series (in terms of gameplay, at any rate), creating pathways to lead marching toys to the goal at the end of each stage. The game is being touted as being compatible with any Amiibo figure, though that’s a bit misleading; any Amiibo from the Super Mario or Donkey Kong family will make that particular character appear in the game, but for all other Amiibo it will instead render a generic toy. Still, no matter which of the figurines a person owns, they’ll all be able to interact with Amiibo Challenge in some way, which is nice for those with a large collection.
The game hasn’t been announced for any other territories beyond Japan, as of yet, but it seems likely that Nintendo will make Amiibo Challenge available to a wider audience at some point in the not-too-distant future. Are you excited by the thought of Amiibo Challenge? Are you interested in more Mario vs Donkey Kong gameplay? Sound off in the comments!