When it comes to what amiibo actually do for gamers in games, Nintendo’s been all over the map with its ideas.

I rather like the Super Smash Bros. system of trainable characters, and I thought unlocking the Fire Emblem heroes in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. sounded pretty darn cool, too. On the other hand, the Mario Kart 8 Mii costume unlocks have been sort of a dud.

Nintendo of Japan has revealed what gamers can expect to find by adding the upcoming Toad amiibo to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and it really isn’t all that exciting. You can see the whole thing in action above, though the video is in Japanese.

It’s pretty clear what happens based on visuals alone, but the general gist is that a hidden 8-bit toad will appear on each level. You’ll have 10 seconds to locate it once he’s in your view. Tap it, and you… win? I think.

Right, that’s it. Supposedly it’s there for 60 levels.

I don’t know, I think this is rather lame. I would have loved to see something like amiibo themed levels based on who you tapped on the controller. Why not have Toad romp through a Hyrule themed stage if you used an amiibo from the Zelda series, for instance.

This use? I’m not sold. What do you think? Will you use the upcoming Toad amiibo to search for 8-bit Toads in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker?

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