Unlike Nintendo-produced amiibo figures, Yacht Club Games’ new Shovel Knight amiibo can be scanned in its original packaging without unboxing it.
The dirt-digging amiibo — the first third-party toy to be licensed by Nintendo — hit retailer shelves and online stores in North America today. We went to GameStop to purchase ours, but it came with an extra, interesting bonus.
Earlier today, multiple reports surfaced claiming the Shovel Knight amiibo could be scanned on the NFC reader of the Wii U GamePad and Nintendo 3DS without removing it from the packaging. After purchasing ours, we tested that theory out and, to our surprise, it worked on both systems; the image above shows us successfully scanning the figure on the Wii U GamePad.
How can the Shovel Knight amiibo be scanned without unboxing it?
All Nintendo amiibo figures have a protective piece of metallic material underneath the base of the toy within the packaging. This creates a communication barrier between the packaged amiibo and the NFC reader, forcing purchasers to physically remove the toy from its packaging if they want to scan it in-game. The Shovel Knight amiibo does not have that protective material.
How does this affect me?
If you’re an amiibo collector who would rather keep the toys inside their original box, you can do that with the Shovel Knight amiibo while still being able to make full use of its in-game capabilities. In addition, it’s also possible to scan the figure in-game, then take it back to the store for a refund since the packaging was never damaged. (I’m not sure why anyone would want to do that, however.)
So there you have it, Shovel Knight is the first amiibo figure that can be used to its fullest capabilities without removing it from the box.
As a reminder, a new Shovel Knight software update, version 2.2, is available. You can read the full details in our article right here.