Nintendo’s announcement that it is releasing a collection of amiibo cards to accompany Mario Sports Superstars came somewhat out of the blue, but it would seem very little effort has actually been spent on creating said cards.
The artwork on the cards shown so far is lifted directly from previous games in the Super Mario series, with Bowser’s art being 12 years old – it’s taken from Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, a GameCube game published in 2005.
Luigi’s art is taken from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, while the pitching Mario was previously seen in Mario Super Sluggers. Even the Luigi “scoring a goal” on Bower’s card is recycled rather than being a new image. Only Princess Daisy gets “new” artwork – the image of her riding a horse is taken from Mario Sports Superstars itself.
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with re-using existing assets, this does feel a bit cheap, especially when the colourful artwork on these cards is one of the key reasons for purchasing them in the first place. Would it really have taken that much effort to produce entirely new art for these cards? Or would do you think that most people won’t mind, or possibly even notice the difference? Let us know with a comment.