Reggie Fils-Aime: Amiibo is completely different from Skylanders and Disney Infinity
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime describes amiibo, the company’s upcoming NFC figurine line-up, as a completely different product from its competitors Skylanders and Disney Infinity, and believes the Wii U can support all three without buckling.
“What we communicated in the Nintendo Digital Event was that Infinity and Skylanders enjoy significant share on our platforms,” he said. “For both of those products, more than 50% of the volume is represented on Nintendo platforms. What is not going to happen is cross usage play of amiibo onto those platforms. And that’s because the amiibo platform is completely different.
“It’s different in that it’s NFC-based, so that’s why we’re able to utilize the technology built right into the GamePad. Their platforms are different."
"You will see cross-platform play between the characters introduced for Smash Bros,” he continued, discussing amiibo’s applications. “And then be able to use these figures on other games. And we touched on that. You’ll be able to use the figures on Mario Kart. You’ll be able to use the figures on Captain Toad, Mario Party, as well as Yoshi’s Wooly World. So that’s the cross-platform play that we were trying to communicate.”