Game Freak open to the idea of supporting amiibo with Pokémon

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Game Freak director Junichi Masuda has shared that the company are open to the idea of supporting amiibo within future Pokémon titles.

The Japanese developer has already experimented with the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology built into the Wii U GamePad in Pokémon Rumble U, in which miniature toys could be beamed directly into the Nintendo eShop title to battle with.

It would certainly be a money spinner, but Masuda insisted that they would have to “find some really cool way” to justify their use – namely through adding a new gameplay element.

“You might be aware that Pokemon as a brand used NFC for Pokemon Rumble U for the Wii U,” Masuda reminded GameSpot. “Not in the exact same way as that, but if we can find some really cool way out to use amiibo with NFC, and add some new type of gameplay, then I think we’d definitely be supportive of using it in the future.”

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will release in Japan, Australia and North America on November 21st, and Europe on November 28th.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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