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Since the publishing of Predicting Updates with Amiibo, I’ve seen a number of people interpret the theory in a number of different ways. The most common interpretation has been that any release date for an amiibo means that a DLC update must come before that time. This is not the case.
Predicting Updates with Amiibo states that Nintendo must have functionality for an amiibo in the game files before their release date, and Nintendo typically patches in functionality alongside major content updates. Historically, this is still the case. There are now three exceptions to this rule: the 3.1.0, 6.1.1, and 8.1.0 updates. Each of these updates patched in functionality for upcoming amiibo months before their intended release date.
The Hero and Joker amiibo are already in the game as of 8.1.0, and fully functioning. Thus, we cannot predict when the next patch is based on their amiibo figure’s intended release date. Now that we have had two amiibo releases in a row that follow this trend, it’s possible that Nintendo has caught onto this theory and is intentionally packaging the amiibo functionality into small updates to throw off the update predictions. I think this is a reasonable assumption, but we’ll have to keep an eye on the rest of the Fighter’s Pass amiibo and their release dates to be sure.
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