Good news, my fellow lovers of both Skylanders and Nintendo: according to Kotaku, the Nintendo character figures for Skylanders Superchargers (which also work as Amiibo) can now be purchased separately from the game. Originally, Donkey Kong and his Barrel Blaster vehicle were only available with the Wii U starter pack, while Bowser and his Clown Cruiser were bundled with the 3DS and Wii versions. Now, you can buy each character and his associated vehicle in a bundle for $25. The figures will work with any Nintendo version of Superchargers, but as the box helpfully states, they still won’t work with any other versions of the game. As Amiibo, they’ll also work with any game that supports the Super Smash Bros. series Amiibo of the characters.
This is good news for anyone who wanted both characters but only one version of the game (especially as the 3DS and Wii versions only had the disappointing racing mode) and for Amiibo collectors with no interest in Skylanders. If you’re on the fence about the game, you can check out our review of the Wii U version here. I particularly praised its handling of these classic Nintendo icons, calling their execution “an excellent mix of old and new.”