Nintendo leaks 8-bit Mario Amiibo ahead of E3

It’s no surprise, given Nintendo’s propensity for making Mario games, that the company can’t stop making Amiibo based on its most famous character. Since the launch of the NFC toy line last November, we’ve already seen five: Super Smash Bros. mario, mario party Mario, Gold Mario, Silver Mario and Dr. Mario. Thanks to an email from Nintendo Spain (first spotted by Nintendo interrogator), it looks like there will be a sixth: 8-bit Mario. The ballot included an image of the retro-style action figure as well as a photo of a animal crossing collection that will feature at least four characters from the series.

Following the newsletter leak, a higher quality image was found on the Nintendo of Europe servers. It has since been deleted, but was of course saved and re-uploaded by an enterprising fan. We expect to hear more about the new Amiibo – and possibly some real games – during Nintendo’s E3 live stream tomorrow night.

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Timothy C. Mayo