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Nintendo's amiibo toys now being supported by third-party games

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo isn't the only company that will support its new line of amiibo figures in games like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Third-party publisher Bandai Namco is also supporting the NFC-powered toys in at least one of its games, One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X.

The new issue of Shonen Jump magazine shows that the Nintendo 3DS game based on One Piece will include new Nintendo-themed costumes that can be unlocked with amiibo. Luffy can dress up like Mario and Luigi using their respective amiibo, while Sanji gets a Fox McCloud costume and Zoro gets a Link costume.

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X was released in Japan on Nov. 13.

Nintendo released the New Nintendo 3DS, which features a built-in NFC reader to support amiibo, in October. A stand-alone NFC reader accessory will be released for the Nintendo 3DS next year.

Nintendo has enabled or announced support for amiibo in a handful of games, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Mario Party 10. Support ranges from custom AI-controlled fighters that players can train to unlockable outfits and weapons.

The first batch of amiibo toys hit North America in November. A second wave of toys is being released this month.

Shonen Jump mag

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