The Nintendo Amiibo was first announced at E3 2014 at Nintendo’s E3 conference, and quickly became the subject of some kind of mass hysteria.
An Amiibo black market rapidly sprang up, and the phrase “gotta catch ’em all” appeared to transcend Pokemon in favor of collecting Amiibos. A truck carrying thousands of them was even robbed of every single one.
Now, a leaked patent document says that Nintendo NX Amiibo support will support not just one Amiibo, but multiple ones at the same time.
You may ask, how is this possible? The answer is relatively simple: according to the patent document, which was discovered by NeoGAF user Rösti, you will be able to have your Nintendo NX read multiple Amiibos from different directions, rather than relying on the single pad that came with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS XL.
Amiibos have become a staple of many Nintendo games ever since their announcement, and serve a variety of functions during it. Put them in Super Smash Bros and they can train and fight, and get better as they do so until they’re level 50 and a very challenging opponent.
You can give Kirby new powers and abilities to use, unlock unique items in other games, Hyrule Warriors can give you knew items to use.
Whether this news about Nintendo NX Amiibo support will kick off another round of Amiibo hysteria is too early to say, and without any real details about the console we can’t really begin to make any guesses, either.
All the same, Nintendo shows no real signs of slowing down on Amiibos yet. Many more new Amiibos are slated to come out this year, including a number of Kirby Amiibos in June, featuring characters like King Dedede, Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and the big pink cuddly ball himself, Kirby.