Everything Parents Need to Know About Nintendo's Amiibo Toys

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If your kids are enraptured by Skylanders or Disney Infinity—and/or are huge fans of everything Nintendo—then you may be eyeing a new set of interactive figurines as stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Amiibo is Nintendo’s answer to the immense popularity of those other games, but unlike those toy-centric forebears, the figurines of iconic characters like Mario, Link, and Peach aren’t tied to a single game or series. Furthermore, while they may look similar on the surface, the Amiibo figures aren’t currently used to bring playable characters into games. In Skylanders and Disney Infinity, you pop a figurine on the portal and that character appears in the game and is fully playable. With Amiibo, the experience is a little different, giving you access to bonus content and extra computer-controlled characters, rather than playable ones. Read More