There are some new rumblings happening within the Nintendo news circles indicating that Super Smash Bros could become a bundled item for the Wii U, and that the newly announced Amiibo devices could also be included in the bundle.
The news comes courtesy of My Nintendo News, where they are reporting that a GameStop store manager revealed to them in a conversation that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U could become part of a bundled package and that Amiibo units could be included in the package. The store manager apparently didn't want to go on record with a quote and wished to remain anonymous, as noted in the article...
“A GameStop manager has been in contact to say that he’s heard rumblings in the office that that every copy of Smash Bros for Wii U will come with a free Amiibo figure. He also says that he has been hearing that the street date for the Wii U version will be November 21st. He wishes to remain anonymous, so I can’t verify these claims.”
There have been far more outrageous claims that have circulated throughout the game industry, such as Nintendo canceling their efforts on the Wii U and scraping their games in order to push out a brand new console, only a year after the Wii U had launched. Now that's pretty outrageous.
In this case, the bundle for Super Smash Bros. actually makes a heck of a lot of sense. Not only is the game one of the most anticipated titles launching for the Wii U this holiday season but it's also one of the biggest games set to arrive for any home console this year.
Super Smash Bros. was promoted quite heavily leading up to Nintendo's showcase at this past year's E3. The company touted big things by dropping lots of information during Smash invitational tournament that saw the return of one of Super Smash Bros. most legendary and most notorious tournament players, Ken.
At E3 we also learned about a brand new feature for the Wii U: near-field communication through toy devices called Amiibo.
The Amiibo are very similar to the Skylanders toys that can be used with the stands that enable users to interact with the toys with various in-game activities. Disney also recently employed a very similar set of tactics with their Disney Infinity line of toys that accompany an ever-evolving interactive game.
In the case of Amiibo toys, you can use them with the Wii U's GamePad without requiring a separate platform. Gamers can simply take the Amiibo toys and place them on the GamePad and the game will read the device. What's more is that Amiibo toys can be used with multiple games, which means that you can have a single statue that holds and contains data for more than just the game you may have initially bought the Amiibo for. Additionally, you can gather up the toys as collector items, if you so choose.
As for the Super Smash Bros. bundle dropping on November 21st? Well, I wouldn't put it past Nintendo. They're an unorthodox company and a Smash Bros bundle could be the one bundle that elevates their Mario Kart 8 into super omega-sales mode. That's assuming that the bundle turns out to be true.