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Nintendo Direct: amiibo Touch & Play app to offer classic game highlights

4 April 2015 – by Jack Taylor

A new app for Wii U will allow players to try a number of different scenes from classic NES and Super Nintendo games by using their amiibo.

Nintendo had previously announced that a free application would launch for Wii U which would allow players to use their amiibo to unlock short demos of NES and Super Nintendo games.

In the latest Nintendo Direct, that application - known in Europe as amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights - was shown for the first time, with more details of the app also revealed.

By tapping an amiibo to the Wii U GamePad when the app is open, it will assign an NES or Super Nintendo game to that amiibo, allowing players to play three-minute scenes from the game by tapping the amiibo in the future.

Each game has several scenes, and by tapping the amiibo to the GamePad, players will be able to switch scenes to try whichever ones are available.

The assignment of games is random and is not based on the series the character is originally from; furthermore, two of the same amiibo would be assigned different games, for example.

Some of the included gaming classics are:

  • Balloon Fight (NES)
  • Donkey Kong (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
  • Dr. Mario (NES)
  • Excitebike (NES)
  • Ice Climber (NES)
  • Kid Icarus (NES)
  • Kirby's Adventure (NES)
  • Mach Rider (NES)
  • Mario & Yoshi (NES)
  • Metroid (NES)
  • Pinball (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  • The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • Wario's Woods (NES)
  • Wrecking Crew (NES)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
  • F-Zero (Super Nintendo)
  • Kirby Super Star (Super Nintendo)
  • Kirby's Dream Course (Super Nintendo)
  • Super Mario World (Super Nintendo)
  • Super Metroid (Super Nintendo)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo)

The application will be available as a free download from Nintendo eShop on Wii U and launches in April in Japan, in May in Europe, and in the spring in North America.