Jay Borenstein writes: Who doesn’t love a good toy? Gamers often collect pieces of memorabilia to go with their gaming obsession, like the recently announced and beautiful looking Link on the Crimson Skyloft statue from First 4 Figures, or the statues that often come with the collector’s editions of games. They look pretty, sure, but all they do is sit on their shelf and stare at your with their dead eyes.
Recently however, I was fortunate enough to get a hands on preview of Nintendo’s upcoming Amiibo line of figures that promise functionality across the entire line of the Wii U and 3DS catalog, and I witnessed an otherwise idle but well designed Pikachu figurine come to life in Super Smash Bros Wii U and summarily kick my butt. Nintendo, you’re definitely on to something here.