Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Fox Amiibo

In 1993, the world was introduced to StarFox, a space shooter game that broke new ground and showed the power of Nintendo's 3DFX chip. Since then, there have been Starfox games on the N64, GameCube, DS and WiiU, with Fox also appearing in all versions of Super Smash Bros. 

Released in November 2015 as part of the initial wave of Amiibo figures, Fox comes in the standard large blister card that we're all familiar with. The artwork on the back of the card is official Smash artwork. On the upper left of the card, we see the Super Smash Bros logo and that this is part of the Smash collection. On the right hand side, we can see that this is the 6th release in the series.The bubble is large and open where we can see the figure inside the bubble. The card in the front of the bubble shows the NINTENDO and Amiibo logos.

The back of the card shows what the amiibo does and it's connectivity with the WiiU gamepad. Underneath that, we have a box telling us how it works with Smash and how when used, it levels up the figure and gets stronger over time.

Fox stands on a Smash Bros themed base, which is shaped like a gold Smash Ball. As he's an amiibo, he has zero articulation and is a statue. He's made of rigid plastic. His outfit is his trademark from almost all the games, which is a a green vest, tan jacket, green pants and boots. He has a headset on and a scanner over his eye. On his hips are a blaster and a shield. His pose is based on his jump and dash.

From behind, we can see that he even has a little StarFox insignia on the back of his jacket. The jacket even has padding over the shoulders. 

As this is an early figure, it can be quite difficult to find one now. But I was able to find a brand new one for £7. I really liked this figure and even though I don't have a game to play on, it still has a home on my shelf. The amount of details on this figure are a showcase of what can be done with an amiibo. There's wrinkles in his uniform. The fur is molded on and not just flat. The fur is even painted in a gradient style, giving depth to the figure.