Nintendo Amiibos already exert a huge strain on our wallets, but a new wave of Amiibos will probably fit into our wallets too.
Buried in the latest Nintendo quarterly results briefing is a statement regarding a new type of NFC-equipped collectible that goes beyond the traditional figurines.
"In contrast to the current figure-shaped amiibo available, we will make amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October."
So, basically trading cards. Or more accurately trading cards that unlock content in games you own or transfer saves between consoles.
The possibilities are endless, while the new NFC cards could also be distributed much more easily in magazines, store promotions and other events. They'll also be used to replace hard-to-find Amiibos such as Little Mac in Europe, getting more of them out into the marketplace with a minimum of effort.
These cards will also likely tie into a proposed free trial service that lets you play timed demos of Virtual Console games with a corresponding Amiibo.
"We are also planning a free-download app for Wii U in which you can enjoy NES and Super NES games with your amiibo in the first half of this year," the briefing continues. "With this app, once you tap your amiibo on the NFC area of the GamePad, you will be able to play highlighted scenes of one certain title for NES or Super NES. You cannot play the entire game due to a time limit, but another tap of the amiibo will enable you to try another highlighted scene in the game. We hope that when you tap your amiibo, the quickly changing game scenes will pleasantly surprise you and make you feel as though you have just exchanged a game cartridge."
Sounds like fun. Expensive, expensive fun.
We're still not quite sold on Amiibos, but we can't stop buying them either. There multiple Amiibos available for £9.99 at Games Centre, just in case you don't have enough.