In an interview with Destructoid, Yacht Club Games explained how much of Shovel Knight’s Amiibo is almost completely dependent on how the developer the Amiibo Technology.
“We’re basically licensing the amiibo technology from Nintendo, and they’ve been overseeing it every step of the way,” Velasco said. “From the design, to how the amiibo functions in the game, to making sure that it was all just perfect in every way.”
“But we’re the ones that are dealing with the manufacturing and distribution, we’re the ones that are talking with the toy and sculpture people. Even things like the packaging.”
Though Nintendo is looking over Yacht Club’s shoulder during the entire process, I’m surprised Nintendo is leaving it up to the indie developer for production and distribution. If the distribution goes well, it may be an excellent opportunity for other indie developers to work with Nintendo to produce physical representations of their prized IP in the future.