You may have read earlier that Play Asia were informing customers that the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer is region locked. Well, it would appear as though the company was wrong. Twitter user Chelsea has shown the device working with her standard Nintendo 3DS XL which is from the United States.
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Bad news for those of you who were considering importing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer as PlayAsia has confirmed that the accessory is region locked. This means that the device will not work with your European or North American Nintendo 3DS consoles. The retailer is also warning people that the Animal Crossing Cards may be region-locked as well.
The new NFC reader/writer will soon be available for those of you who are still using the standard Nintendo 3DS and not the New Nintendo 3DS. The device will be available to purchase on Thursday in Japan and therefore a number of Nintendo 3DS games are getting updated so you can scan in your various amiibos. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Fire Emblem If, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + and One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X are all in the process of being updated. The device launches in North America on September 25th and Europe on October 2nd.
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In case you didn’t upgrade to New Nintendo 3DS, you can now pre-order the standalone NFC Reader/Writer at Target for $19.99. The peripheral is compatible with Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS. It offers the functionality for scanning amiibo, a feature that’s included in New 3DS and New 3DS XL. The accessory will launch alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on September 25.
Jason Coston, research manager at Interpret, says that even before Nintendo revealed Amiibo figures at last month’s E3 event they were among the most desired smart toys in the US, Europe and Brazil. The study produced by Interpret says that there are over 72 million children interested in smart toys around the world. The Amiibo figures will be introduced by Nintendo later this year.
“We tested interest in an extensive list of current and potential smart toy brands and even prior to the Amiibo announcement, smart toys based on Nintendo characters were among the most desired smart toys in the US, Europe and Brazil,” added Jason Coston, research manager at Interpret.
UK online video game retailer ShopTo has started taking pre-orders for Amiibo figures and has them listed at £12.85 each. Estimates were at the £6-£12 mark, but of course this is subject to change. ShopTo currently have these figures available for pre-order: Link, Kirby, Mario, Zelda, Peach, Pikachu, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Animal Crossing Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Pit, (Kid Icarus), Marth (Fire Emblem) and Fox McCloud. The figures will be used for a range of titles, including Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8.
Nintendo characters come to life in new ways as amiibo – interactive figures that have the ability to communicate with multiple specially designed games by just touching them to the Wii U GamePad controller. Nintendo plans to release first series of amiibo this year alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
• amiibo can interact with compatible games when players touch them to the Wii U GamePad controller, reading character data into games and saving data to the figure.
• Different compatible games will use amiibo in different ways. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to use amiibo. Games like Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Yoshi’s Woolly World are also planned to support amiibo.
• In Super Smash Bros., players can battle alongside or against their amiibo characters, leveling them up in the process. They can then bring them to a friend who has a Wii U and the game to show off how they’ve trained and customized their characters.
• A new NFC reader/writer, which is being designed for Nintendo 3DS, is scheduled to launch in 2015.