NBA 2K18 is coming to the Switch, and while there are no details at this time, it looks like the game will be compatible with a certain line of figures we all know and love. The official page for the title on the Japanese My Nintendo site has a list of features and other information, and tucked away beneath the Switch modes that it will be compatible with is the word “amiibo.”

We have no word on just what they’ll unlock, though I wouldn’t expect to be able to squad up with my favorite Animal Crossing citizens. If anything, some themed jerseys or other cosmetic items (like balls) will likely be the case.

Still, it’s fun to imagine, as Mario himself is no stranger when it comes to basketball. With two games carrying his name and featuring it prominently — and that time he, Luigi and Peach made playable appearances in NBA Street V3 on the GameCube — it might be time for Mario to show them why he’s called Jumpman.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg