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This article mainly looks at comments from March 23rd – April 3rd  (Japan time)

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zoniken

Ohhh! That’s pretty interesting, I didn’t know that. Thanks!

Igiulaw

 

Hahaha….awwww 🙁

Isaac: Venus Adept

We’ll do better next year!

Isaac: Venus Adept

I never really saw the appeal. I never thought Smash and Spongebob would mesh well together. As a kid, I didn’t have cable so I didn’t have a ton of exposure to Spongebob. I knew the character, but I didn’t grow up on the show I guess.

haruhisailormars

I wrote an article on it, but it would make for a good discussion video! I’ll add it to the idea list~

 

Arthur 97

I think the two Corrins are in a unique position. Fire Emblem is a series Nintendo has been really pushing. There’s only 1 alt. The female alt is probably more popular than the male. I think it makes sense and is somewhat justifiable. I’m not going to get either of the Corrin amiibo, but I can understand why Nintendo would want them both produced.

Link

If there are additional characters, they could be a different wave.

LizardWizard_64

I agree with this :).

Arthur 97

The Koopalings should be combined into one amiibo.

KL-Cobalt

I think the amiibo were just the poses.

I think two Corrins are just for constitency and to promote Fire Emblem.

One issue I just thought about with the Koopalings and Alph, is the way the amiibo are coded.

0x0 0x2 Game & Character ID
0x2 0x1 Character variant
0x3 0x1 amiibo Figure Type
0x4 0x2 amiibo Model Number
0x6 0x2 amiibo Series

(From 3dbrew)

So the data structure looks like this:

Name
12 34 56 78 910 1112 1314 1516
Series Character # Variation # Form amiibo # Set 02
Mario (SSB) 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02
Mario (SMB) 00 00 00 00 00 34 01 02
Gold Mario (SMB) 00 00 00 00 00 3C 01 02
Silver Mario (SMB) 00 00 00 00 00 3D 01 02
Classic Mario (BIT) 00 00 00 00 02 38 06 02
Modern Mario (BIT) 00 00 00 00 02 39 06 02
Dr. Mario (SSB) 00 00 01 00 00 19 00 02
Luigi (SSB) 00 01 00 00 00 0C 00 02
Luigi (SMB) 00 01 00 00 00 35 01 02

(From this spreedsheet)

The reason why I copied Mario and Luigi’s is to explain why Alph and Koopalings wouldn’t work with the current way the amiibo are coded.

Essentially, Alph and Koopalings would be treated as different characters. The 2nd number would be different for them.

If I understood it correctly, Smash is programmed to recognize by the series and character number, unless there is an exception (Dr. Mario, included above is one of them. This is because Dr. Mario IS Mario).  However, if you use the Gold Mario amiibo it should work in Smash, and that’s because Smash is just reading the series and character number and going “oh, it’s not Dr. Mario. It’s just Mario. Cool.”. Some games include special bonuses for certain kind of amiibo — like Breath of the Wild with certain versions of Link. Again, they are programmed to receive that data.

As I mentioned above, Alph IS NOT Olimar. He’s an alt in Smash, but the character number would need to be different. It’s the same for the Koopalings and Bowser (each Koopaling should have a unique character number).

With the two Corrins, they would be the same series + character number…the only difference should be the variation number. So maybe without a patch, it’d be very difficult to add Koopalings/ Alph into the game as acceptable amiibo, unless their character numbers have already been decided.

 

That’s it for this week! I’ll be back next week~

 

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4 comments

  1. They could simply code them differently. And I know they fulfill the same roles, but for characters like that I tend to view them as the same fighter, but different characters. They do have different lines and expressions (example: female Robin smiles more than male Robin) at times after all. I call them all alt. characters.

    Also, having all seven Koopalings as one amiibo would make the Amiibo itself too big to use or display efficiently.

  2. But even then, Robin’s female amiibo will be planned to be released or never due to both male and female are simply same characters?

    Anyways, I have a question. Sorry if I’ve being rude and irritated with this case, but I have sent a message regarding to the guest article I’ve been working on quite a…long time ago now. Everything’s ready, but still haven’t got a response from you. I know you’re busy with many things, but I’m kinda wondered and concerned whether my message have been reached to your place or not. If you have changed your mailing address, please let me know so I can resent to you again. If not but there’s a problem with it, please let me know.

    Thank you.

    1. Sorry about the lack of a reply, it’s nothing intentional — replying just slipped my mind. Half the time I read messages when I’m at work, so sometimes it just slips my mind when I get home. Twitter or the SG Discord are better places to reach me if I don’t respond.

  3. Lots of Corrin amiibo love here. Still, the one nagging thought in my mind is if popularity was a major factor, why make the male Corrin amiibo in the first place? They could just as easily not spend the time, money, and resources for the male Corrin both as an amiibo and in Echoes (even though it looks like they are mostly recycling assets) and just have the female be the only one.

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