With Skylanders and Disney Infinity making a mint of collectible figure money, it’s a no-brainer that Nintendo is finally going to offer synergistic toys of their own. In their digital event livestream, Nintendo revealed that Amiibo near-field communications figurines will be offered for sale that interact with Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10 on Wii U. There are even plans to add Amiibo features to Mario Kart 8. When placed on the Wii U gamepad, a chip embedded in the figure’s base can transmit and store data to and from the game. Amiibo characters can level up, gain special abilities, and can be transported and used on a friend’s console. I can’t wait to experience the crush of shoppers trying to hoard limited edition Amiibo figures.