'Collectible Toy' Based Gaming
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Posted 11/11/14
So ever since Skylanders came out to every major console it seems like Collectible Toy games are the new thing.

First came Skylanders which are on their... fourth or fifth major installment
Then came Disney Infinity
And now Nintendo is jumping on board with the new Amiibo lineup

What do you all think of this, because personally I'm torn

Skylanders to me was an interesting concept but I never really got into it, heck really the biggest interest to me was the fact that Spyro was in the first lineup and well franchise from my childhood, but that wasn't enough of a reason.

Disney Infinity I initially scoffed at because I saw it as just a replica of Skylanders except with Mr. Incredible and Elsa instead of Spyro and Stealth Ninja

But now... Nintendo is jumping on board and well for years people have been asking for affordable miniatures of Nintendo characters, now we're getting them, and even better they are compatible with Wii U and the 3DS, which is interesting.

I don't know what the biggest turn off is for me with this concept. I think part of it is just the pricing. The average price for... any of the character miniatures with any of those games is between $10-15 which is a little much for a single new character. In a traditional DLC pack you tend to get more than just a single character for that much, and not to mention while the pieces look great as physical pieces you need to have a place for them and keep them from getting damaged, not the same problem you have with a DLC pack.

Like I said I don't know why I'm so hesitant on jumping on board this relatively new trend
What do you guys think?
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Posted 11/12/14
First things first - it's expensive habit to get in and seriously exists to sell toys. Which is fine, most things are. We have one of the Skylander games and Disney Infinity at home. Both are fun. Skylander is some decent action adventure platforming. Nothing epic, but it's fun. The idea of swapping characters mid-level is kind of fun too. Also, the figures store your information on them, saving your levels to them so you can bring them elsewhere and use the same character with the same level/equipment with friends.

Same goes for Disney Infinity with the characters. The game is fun enough and I'm sure if I had the time, the level creation stuff would be a blast. I haven't had a chance to do it, though.

Big thing is - where do you store all this stuff?

Also, you can get cheaper characters. Each successive Skylander game is backwards compatible, so you can get characters from the older game and play them in the newer ones - which can be fun.
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Posted 11/12/14
I think this is hear to stay, just like MMOs before it. It's a nice way to personalize gameplay and makes it easier to carry around your own data. Like the good old days with memory cards.
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Posted 11/12/14
None of the properties released so far do enough for me to make me want to spend the big bucks required to partake. That said, hearing that the games themselves are fairly solid, I'd definitely go for it if there was one based on an IP that I liked.
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Posted 11/12/14

StriderShinryu wrote:

None of the properties released so far do enough for me to make me want to spend the big bucks required to partake. That said, hearing that the games themselves are fairly solid, I'd definitely go for it if there was one based on an IP that I liked.

The ones I played were better than I expected them to be. There's not a lot of extended gameplay in Disney Infinity in the adventure modes, but a) there's a lot of different adventure modes based on each IP & b) level creator can make for some fun new interactions. The new version of Disney Infinity with the Marvel characters rolled out looks like it has a much better, beefier level creator and some cool new levels. Also, Marvel superheroes and some additional cool Disney characters.

Disney Infinity 3 is supposed to roll out the Star Wars characters. Which may be worth waiting for. Then you can finally have that Mace Windu / Nick Fury team up you've always wanted!
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Posted 11/12/14
It depends on who the characters are. I don't like Skylanders, don't really feel like collecting Disney figures.

I'm really interested in Amiibo. I don't have a Wii U but I'm planning to collect them all. It's also nice how Amiibo uses NFC instead of requiring some scanning base that needs to be bought separately.

Also keeping an eye on Kamen Rider Summonride. If they release an Ichigo figure, I'll get it. But since it's Japan only, it's sure to be expensive to import.
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Posted 11/13/14
I really like the concepts of toy based gaming, and it is brilliant from a marketing standpoint. Disney Infinity looks really fun, and I have seen people make some incredible games and levels in the toy box creation mode. I am also a huge Disney fanatic, so being able to play with all those Disney characters looks like so much fun. I just cant afford all the stuff that you have to buy to play the game.

I really like Amiibo too, but I feel that they don't really do a whole lot. They can do some really interesting things in Smash Bros, but they haven't given a lot of information outside on how it will affect other Nintendo games, so we will have to wait until more details are given in that regard. I will gladly be buying several of them though, and ive got my eyes set on the third wave coming in February.

The one I don't care much for though is Skylanders, seeing I don't care for the gameplay and I HATE what they did to poor Spyro (kind of have a bias towards the game if you can't tell).
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Posted 11/16/14
I collect Nendoroids and such, so this is just another extension of figure collecting. I'm a Nintendo fanboy and I already have a Wii U and 3DS, so Amiibo is a no-brainer for me. I have Smash and a Kirby figure on order, so hopefully the figures are high enough quality to display as well as play with. They already teased that the Amiibo version of Link will be useful in Hyrule Warriors. And if/when they release the "new" 3DS, that has NFC to utilize Amiibo, so overall, I think it should be fun.
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