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Coach Some Classic Characters with Nintendo’s amiibo Figures

  • Sports Gamer
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 20, 2014, 3:37 PM

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The latest entry in the Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, hits stores tomorrow. But it won’t be alone. Nintendo is also rolling out a series of toys based on some of its most iconic characters that you can bring directly into the Smash Bros. mayhem.

Called amiibo, the figures are highly detailed and work like the ones made for the Skylanders and Disney Infinity series. There will be 12 amiibo available as of Friday, including Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Yoshi, Peach, and Pikachu. Six more — like Zelda, Luigi, and Diddy Kong — will be in stores in December, followed by another 11 in February. That’s them at the top of the page. For a closer look, check out this short announcement video:

Here’s how amiibo works: You load up Smash Bros., and once it starts you place your amiibo on your Wii U gamepad. Using the NFC (near field communication) reader built into it, your character is brought into the game and you can customize it, level it up, and then use it in battles.

But what separates amiibo from other toys-to-games characters is that you can use them in more than one game. When they become available on Friday, amiibo figures will work with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors. And according to Bill Trinen, Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America, more amiibo-friendly games are on the way: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi's Woolly World are just a few.

On Tuesday, Trinen spoke with SI Kids about amiibo, how they work with Smash Bros., and what exactly “amiibo” means.”
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Watch NFL Rookies React to Their Madden Ratings

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If there's one thing athletes obsess over, it's their stats.  And when it comes to football, one thing NFLers really, really care about is their Madden rating. EA Sports knows all about this, so they decided to have a little fun with some top 2014 draft picks.

The video game publisher asked players like Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel what they thought their Madden 15 rating should be. The athletes answer — with really high numbers, of course — and then EA Sports showed them how they're really rated in the game. Needless to say none of them really agreed with the game's assessment of their talents:
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Clint Dempsey and Lionel Messi are FIFA 15 Cover Boys

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What do you do for an encore after playing in the World Cup? If you're US captain Clint Dempsey and Argentinian star Lionel Messi, you became the faces of the FIFA video game franchise.

Over the weekend, EA Sports announced that Dempsey and Messi would grace the North American cover of FIFA 15, which hits stores September 23. The game will be available on Xbox One and 360 and PS3 and PS4. Dempsey and Messi will wear their club uniforms on the FIFA cover, which has led EA to create two different versions. Dempsey's club team, the Seattle Sounders, are sponsored by Microsoft and "XBOX" is written across the jersey's chest. And since you can't advertise Xbox on the cover of a Playstation game, Dempsey will wear his American kit on the Sony edition of the game.
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Bruins Star Patrice Bergeron is the Face of NHL15

ea sports nhl15 patrice bergeronHockey fans have spoken, and they've voted Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on to the cover of EA Sports' NHL15. The cover was revealed during the NHL Awards presentation in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Voting began a few weeks ago with a field of eight players. Bergeron was one finalist, breakout Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban was the other, with the Bruin earning the coveted spot as the face of the game.

"I have great memories of that game and never in a million years did I imagine that I'd one day be on the cover," Bergeron told the Canadian Press. "It's pretty surreal."
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Shaq Goes Digital in "Tomodachi Life"

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Shaquille O'Neal is one of the greatest centers — and great big men — in NBA history. He's also a great big fan of video games. He grew up playing the classics, like Nintendo's Super Mario Bros., and now he's getting into gaming in a whole new way. Literally.

Nintendo's latest game for the 3DS and 2DS systems Tomodachi Life hit stores last week. It's sort of like Sim City, except you populate the Tomodachi world with your Mii character and the Miis of your friends and family. You can also control celebrity Miis, like Shaun White, Christina Aguilera — and Shaq!

"I love it," Shaq says of the game. "My favorite part of the game is that you get to create your characters and interact with each other in crazy ways."
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First Look at Madden NFL 15

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Here's another sign we're getting closer to football season. EA Sports today released the first real trailer for Madden NFL 15, and it features a solid look at its gameplay and features like two new defensive cameras and improved open-field tackling mechanics.

Like the first commercial for the game, this spot features Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly as he's transformed from human player to video game character. Then he hits the field against Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks. That matchup isn't random: Kuechly and Seahawks star corner Richard Sherman are finalists to be the face of Madden 15. We'll know who will be the cover star tonight at 6 p.m.

In the meantime, check out this brief but awesome look at the game:
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Cast Your Ballot in the NHL 15 Cover Vote!

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We're nearing the homestretch of the 2013-14 NHL season, but EA Sports is already looking ahead to next year. The video game company has launched the cover vote to decide who will be the face of its next hockey title, NHL 15.

There are eight players in the running for NHL 15 cover boy: the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks centerman Logan Couture, St. Louis Blues star T.J. Oshie, Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, and Boston Bruin Patrice Bergeron.
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