Nintendo has a very special place in everyone’s hearts. We all grew up with Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, and the rest of Nintendo’s fabulous collection of unforgettable characters. Back in 2012, Nintendo released the Wii U console, the successor to the Wii from 2006. Sales haven’t been impressive, but Nintendo is slowly putting out top-notch software for the system which includes games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World. By the end of 2014, Nintendo is going to release their amiibo NFC figurines which is expected to boost Wii U sales dramatically. Here are 5 things that Nintendo needs to do with the Wii U and amiibo figurines before 2015 begins.
Bring Gamecube and classic Wii games to the eShop
Old Gamecube and Wii games are must-haves for the Nintendo eShop. Right now, the only way to play Gamecube games other than owning an actual gamecube is using some sort of emulator or a Wii from 2006.
VR for Wii U
No, I’m not saying Nintendo should release a headset of some sort, but in June, they patented a device that is able to enable 3D viewing on traditional 2D displays. The patent also states that it may be possible for them to produce aromas for a stronger experience.Virtual Reality is heading in a very odd direction right now, and Nintendo wants the main focus to be the living room.
Market amiibo to it’s full potential
Since the Wii U had a tough beginning, amiibo is almost guaranteed to give the Wii U a major boost in sales. One of the main issues with marketing for the Wii U was confusion. It’s obvious that amiibo isn’t too much of a confusing concept, so marketing the figurines to it’s fullest potential is something that Nintendo will probably do.
Special Edition amiibo figurines
Imagine an amiibo figurine made out of steel? How about wood? What if there was some sort of interactive interface on special types of amiibo figurines. The possibilities with amiibo are endless and with Nintendo’s creativity, special edition amiibo figurines are going to sell like hotcakes.
Third Party amiibo figurines
Since these figurines are going to sell regardless, third parties may ask Nintendo to release special amiibo characters for them. If this happens, Nintendo might have just cornered the NFC figure market. Since more and more tablets are implementing NFC technology, amiibo could be used for tablets and phones as well.
Offer amiibo freebies at events
At events like E3 and Comic Con, Nintendo should start giving participants special amiibo figurines for attending. These amiibo figurines might just be a special edition of an already-existing amiibo, or maybe Nintendo could release a $200 amiibo figurine in the future! The potential for amiibo is enormous.