A little over a week ago Nintendo released the title Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits as a free download to all Wii U owners. The premise? Use the Amiibo figures you've collected to unlock "scenes" from classic Nintendo titles (NES/SNES) that can be played within a 3 minute time limit.
The titles that can be unlocked range from classics such as Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Kirby's Dreamland 3 to more obscure titles such as Excitebike, Clu Clu Land, Mach Rider and Wrecking Crew.
Upon scanning an Amiibo using the NFC technology on the Wii U's gamepad players will be treated to a random classic game being unlocked, which they can then experience specific scenes (usually between 3 to 10 different levels) from.
There seems to be no set way of telling which Amiibo will unlock which of the available 30 titles. After initially unlocking a game, that same Amiibo can be used to switch between the different scenes that are available to try out.
Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits doesn't seem to offer much to the gamers who have played these titles countless times and who might even own a majority of them already via the Virtual Console on the Wii U. So who is this free download for?
Amiibo Tap is perfect for gamers who are just starting out into the gaming world. The Wii U may very well be the first video game console that they have ever owned. What better way to catch up on the titles that made Nintendo the video game juggernaut they are today than by experiencing clips of some of their best titles.
For the new Nintendo fans out there Amiibo Tap is a great introduction to many great Nintendo titles that have been around for years that they haven't been exposed to yet. Think of Amiibo Tap as a sort of all in one demo for the classic games that they wouldn't have experienced otherwise. Releasing this as a free download only helps Nintendo further expand their fanbase.