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A new Wii U system update adds amiibo support

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Nintendo is rolling out a new update to Wii U that adds support for its amiibo toys in anticipation of their official launch and upcoming support in games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Version 5.3.0 of the Wii U's system software introduces the following, according to Nintendo's support page:

amiibo Settings has been added to System Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo

The requisite "improvements to overall system stability" and other less noteworthy adjustments have been added as part of the new system software.

Nintendo plans to release an update for Mario Kart 8 later this week that brings amiibo support to the game. Starting on Nov. 13, players will have the option to unlock costumes for Mii racers using select amiibo. Super Smash Bros. comes to Wii U next week and an update for Hyrule Warriors introducing amiibo support is expected sometime this month.