Fire Emblem If is now available in Japan. With its release, we get a detailed look at how amiibo will be incorporated into the game. It’s probably safe to assume that Fire Emblem Fates, scheduled for release in North America early next year, will boast similar functionality.

Only the four Fire Emblem amiibo are compatible with the game; no Mushroom Kingdom crossovers, sorry. Scanning your Marth, Ike, Lucina, or Robin amiibo in My Castle, your base of operations, will cause them to appear in your plaza. From here, you can converse with and accept duel challenges from each. Upon besting your guests in battle, they will offer to join your army.

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Within their dialogue, each of these series veterans offers a bit of recent backstory, keying us into what they’ve been up to. And what have they been up to? Well, we already know the answer to that. Ike talks about fighting countless warriors from all over the world, Robin mentions battling many combatants, launching, and being launched. Lucina tells us about a “battleground” where she has honed her skills, and Marth seems to remember you from somewhere. Goofy? Maybe a little, but these are Smash Bros. amiibo, after all.

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Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.

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