PAX Prime had a great surprise for everyone when indie developer Yacht Club Games and Nintendo announced a Shovel Knight amiibo coming out in 2015. This marks the first amiibo to be created by Nintendo that isn’t a Nintendo first party character nor featured in Super Smash Bros. With this finally happening for Yacht Club Games, it opens up the door for other indie companies and their characters to achieve the same thing.
Here is a list of five indie characters that could benefit from getting turned into an amiibo for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.
Gunvolt – Azure Striker Gunvolt
Azure Striker Gunvolt is a game from Inti Creates that released on Nintendo 3DS on August 20, 2014. The game has a visual style that is in the same spirit as the Mega Man X games that once appear on the Super Nintendo. Gunvolt is a character with super-human like abilities and that works for the organization QUILL, completing various missions for them as a freelance agent. The game went on to sell more than 90,000 copies six months after its initial release and was reviewed critically well at the time.
Having a Gunvolt amiibo would be interesting and highly plausible. Inti Creates has a sequel to Azure Striker Gunvolt in development that was announced on February 27, 2015 and has allowed the character to cameo in other indie games, such as Runbow.
Rusty – SteamWorld Dig
Rusty is a traditional western style hero in SteamWorld Dig on Nintendo 3DS, which was released on August 7, 2013. The game found a lot of success and has more recently been ported to other platforms such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the game, Rusty is constantly exploring the deep mines of his father for various riches and hidden secrets. He can clear through layers of dirt and rocks with his array of gadgets and digging tools.
Rusty deserves to have an amiibo created of him because of his game’s early success as an indie title within the Nintendo 3DS library. Some cool functionality that could be derived from his amiibo could be unlocking extra resources to purchase upgrades in SteamWorld Dig on 3DS and Wii U.
Xeodrifter – Xeodrifter
Xeodrifter is an indie gam that was developed by Renegade Kid in 2014 and draws a lot of inspiration in its design from classic 2D Metroid games. The gameplay is simple and follows in Metroid’s traditions very closely, allowing players to explore planets with solid controls and platforming. The game was later made available for the PlayStaton 4 and PlayStation Vita, but still found its early success on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
A Xeodrifter amiibo would be very cool as the design for the main character is straight forward and is highly reminiscent of the series it pays homage to. It would be interesting to have new areas open up in Xeodrifter via amiibo capabilities on both 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo could also look at the amiibo functionality of the recently announced Shovel Knight amiibo and could incorporate Co-Op play between two players.
Yooka and Laylee – Yooka-Laylee
Although Yooka-Laylee has not released on any platform as of yet, there is a legacy that some members of Playtonic Games have with Nintendo. The creative talents behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey King Country games comprise the team over at Playtonic Games, with their newest Kickstarter project being a testament to that. The team has expressed interest in having their new characters Yooka and Laylee become an amiibo figure since the announcement of the Shovel Knight amiibo.
Not only is the new duo colorful and unique enough to make a great amiibo figure, but the team is very capable of coming up with ways for amiibo functionality. Yooka-Laylee is aiming to release on the Nintendo Wii U and other platforms in October 2016.
Shantae – Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Shantae is a character that has an interesting history with Nintendo platforms. The first game in the Shantae series was developed by WayForward Technologies for the Game Boy color and was published by Capcom. The sequels following the release of the first game would appear later on the 3DS Virtual Console. A fourth game in the series, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, was crowd funded through Kickstarter and set to release on all platforms, however no definitive release date has been decided.
A lot of fan support for the character has allowed Shantae to be included into the Smash Ballot as a possible character to appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Shantae would make for a great amiibo figure that could potentially have a lot of functionality across various different titles, including the fourth game in the Shantae series.
Do you have a favorite indie character you want to see made into an amiibo? Think that we missed someone very important on our list? Leave a comment down below and let your voice be heard!!!