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AmiibosBy now you've probably heard about Nintendo's new amiibo line of character figurines.  Revealed at E3 2014 and debuting with the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., the Amiibos are figurines of the Smash roster such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Link, and Kirby that contain a special microchip inside them.  Place the amiibo on your GamePad's NFC reader to add the data on the chip to your game in a special way.  For instance, Smash allows you to summon the character in question into your game to assist you in battle.  Future games to use the feature include Yoshi's Woolly World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.  Interestingly enough, a game that's already been released will also support the amiibos: Mario Kart 8.  Nintendo is so forward-thinking that they've snuck a special feature into a game I already own, but can't use until the amiibos hit stores.  Or can I?  If Nintendo plans that far ahead, perhaps some of the character figurines I already own are secretly amiibos.  In the name of science, I conducted a few tests on Twitter earlier this week.  The results were... less than promising, let's say.

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