Future Amiibo Figures We'd Love To See
With its all-star cast of recognizable characters, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibos served as a great introduction to the figures. The nostalgic elements of each character sold the figures for many, and their success has caused demand to be dramatically more than supply in many cases.
Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed that it would be branching out the Amiibo figures into separate lines by announcing the Super Mario Bros. line. The second official line of Amiibos brings new versions of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi, and debuts Toad to the Amiibo collection.
While we don't know what functionality Amiibos will bring in future games (though Justin made some educated guesses), the announcement got us thinking about what other lines would make sense to include in future releases of Nintendo’s popular figures. While some of these might not be the most realistic, we can’t help but fawn over the ideas.
Classic Zelda Line
The Zelda franchise has put its popularity on display for Nintendo time and time again. With Link being such a popular Amiibo to this point and The Legend of Zelda Wii U on the horizon, it would only make sense that we’d see a line celebrating Zelda’s history by the end of the year.
The line could include such supporting characters as Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask, Navi from Ocarina of Time (which could prove to be an interestingly-structured figure), and Midna from Twilight Princess, but the real draw would likely be in the different versions of the main characters. Classic versions of Link from the NES/Super NES days up to the N64 games (in “young” and “adult” forms) would send collectors to stores in droves.
I would also like to see Skyward Sword Link make an appearance, plus Toon Zelda and Toon Ganondorf from Wind Waker, and Beast Ganon from any of the games. If we don’t already have him in the Super Smash Bros. line at some point in the future, Ganondorf would be extremely sought after as well.
On the next page, we look at the possibility of another big 2015 Wii U release getting its own Amiibo line, as well as a third-party line that would make a lot of sense.
Star Fox Line
Much like the Zelda franchise, the Star Fox series has a highly anticipated entry coming out this year on the Wii U. In all likelihood, Amiibo functionality will be a part of the Star Fox Wii U package. While we already have Fox from the Super Smash Bros. line, plenty of other interesting characters are ripe for the Amiibo treatment.
Falco is the obvious choice, seeing as how he has yet to appear in the Super Smash Bros. line, but what about the other crew members? Slippy and Peppy would be great figures to add for die-hard fans, and Smash Bros. alum Star Wolf would be a popular addition, particularly if he unlocked his character/ship in the upcoming Star Fox game.
More off-the-wall ideas include Andross in both his SNES and N64 forms, and an Arwing, which would look more like a model ship than an actual Amiibo. If Nintendo really wanted to go for the deep cuts, the rest of the Star Wolf team, Bill, and James McCloud could also be good choices to celebrate the history of the Star Fox franchise.
Sonic the Hedgehog Line
The Sonic franchise was once the biggest threat to Mario’s platforming dominance, and while it isn’t quite that way any longer, Nintendo’s recent partnership with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise could make for the first third-party Amiibo line.
The Super Smash Bros. version of Sonic is one of my favorite designs of any Amiibo to date, so it would be awesome to see a figure modeled after Sonic’s classic design. Nintendo could also do another Modern Sonic Amiibo, but I’d personally rather see Classic Knuckles and Tails.
Classic Dr. Robotnik is another character who would look great on a shelf, as would Shadow, Metal Sonic, and Amy Rose. Other more abstract character requests would include Chaos 0 from Sonic Adventure and Nack the Weasel from Sonic Triple Trouble. We don’t know when we’ll see another Sonic game, but sometime in 2016 would make the most sense to release this figure line. We’d make just one request: Stay far away from the Sonic Boom character designs!
Fire Emblem Line
With three Amiibos included in the Super Smash Bros. line, the Fire Emblem franchise has so far been one of the better represented series among the figures. Even so, the overwhelming demand of Marth has driven it to become one of the rarest figures to date.
Robin is already set to appear in Wave 4 of the Smash Bros. line, but it’s the male version of the character. A female Robin would undoubtedly be a hit, while Roy, a character that has been removed from the Smash roster following his appearance in Melee, would likely end up being just as popular as Marth before him.
Other beloved characters from the series, including Soren, Chrom, and Elincia, would likely be popular with fans of the series and collectors of the figures. With the series’ popularity seemingly rising by the year, late 2015 or early 2016 would be a great time for Nintendo to announce this line.
On the next page, we talk about two painfully obvious choices, and one less obvious one that everyone would eat up.
Animal Crossing Line
Even though Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s devoted fan base has fallen off a bit since its 2012 launch, the response to Villager’s inclusion in both Smash Bros. and the first wave of Amiibos shows that players want more. The charming visual style and cute characters work perfectly for the figures, and with players requesting a Wii U entry for the series, releasing more from Animal Crossing would make a lot of sense.
Female Villager would be the perfect candidate to be the face of the Animal Crossing line since we already saw the male version of Villager included in the Super Smash Bros. line (even though many fans never saw him thanks to the less-than-abundant supply). Other characters that could make an appearance in the line would be Isabelle, KK Slider, Kappa, Mr. Resetti, Tom Nook, Saharah, and a dual figure featuring Timmy and Tommy.
If Nintendo is planning a new Animal Crossing game for Wii U, this would be the perfect excuse to release more Amiibo figures from the series. If we’re going to see a new Animal Crossing game anytime soon, we’ll likely hear about it at E3 in a few months.
It’s an idea so obvious that we’re surprised Nintendo didn’t try it sooner. The collection aspect of Pokémon plays perfectly into what Amiibos have become for so many fans that it could take Amiibos to the next level.
The wise approach would probably be to start with the original 151 Pokémon from Red/Blue since they are typically the most recognizable. Once the first Pokémon line proves to be as successful as we think it will be, Nintendo can expand to include monsters introduced in the later games.
Nintendo could potentially use the Amiibos to support a free-to-play style Pokémon game that uses Amiibos owned by players in battles. This would also play directly into what we’ve seen so far, where certain Amiibos have more limited runs than others, making some monsters rarer. We certainly don’t want to encourage Nintendo to limit supply, but it sounds like something it could feasibly attempt.
Virtual Console Line
Nintendo’s strength lies in the nostalgic feelings many players hold toward it. Because of this, a Virtual Console line would be perfect for those who truly cherish the earlier days.
The character designs would be difficult to conceptualize as 3D figures since many of them are in 2D, but even if they’re nothing more than flat figures, they would be massive hits. Classic versions of Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Bowser, and even the Ice Climbers would drive collectors crazy.
If Nintendo wants to sweeten the deal, it could create an offer where buying a classic Amiibo entitles you to a free download of the Virtual Console game the model stars in. While this is obviously the weirdest and least likely line on our wishlist, it would likely contain some of the most popular figures in Amiibo history.