Sometimes there is a news story that comes along that surprises us. In case you missed it, Nintendo is releasing a new set of Amiibo cards, this time tying into Mario Sports Superstars which is coming out on March 24th. The packs will have five random cards and will cost $5 a piece. This is not overly expensive to buy a pack of cards but it is not budget priced either. From what Nintendo fans have pieced together, the cards apparently unlock “Superstar” versions of the playable characters in the game. That seems in line with the functionality of Amiibo in prior Nintendo games and is not quite as exciting as many fans might like. Regardless of that, here is a look at the cards:
I did not cover (nor even review) the Animal Crossing cards because I’m not a huge fan of that franchise but I do know the cards sold pretty well and were hard to get at least upon release. Nintendo must have liked the sales numbers to expand the Amiibo cards further. One of the other things I collect besides figures are non-sports cards (mostly Star Wars) so I would love to own Nintendo themed cards and will definitely pick a couple packs of these up and review them on the site. I’m curious to see how big of a set this is and how good or bad the functionality will end up being. Nintendo has surely heard fans complain that Amiibo are not doing enough in games but this seems unlikely to fix that problem. If nothing else, it is nice to see that Nintendo is branching out and trying new things and who knows where they might go with Amiibo cards next! What do you think of these new cards? Are they something that interest you? Let us know in the comments below!
Update: According to a recent article from our good friends at Miketendo 64, there will be 18 characters and 90 cards! That means a lot of characters will have multiple cards. It will be interesting to see how many Nintendo fans try to collect this entire set.