Nintendo is looking to become a player in ``amiibo'' _ and it's counting on some of its biggest animated characters to help get a foothold in the ``toy-game'' beachhead.

The company says 12 of its characters will be part of a new toy-game franchise due out later this year. Among the characters to be included are Pikachu, Link, Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong _ and even Marth, the trainer from ``Wii Fit.'' The figures in the ``amiibo'' toy-game line will each cost $12.99 and work in tandem with several of Nintendo's upcoming titles, beginning with ``Super Smash Bros.''



Similar to Activision's ``Skylanders'' and ``Disney Infinity,'' the characters' virtual histories will be stored on the plastic figures and transmitted through the Wii U GamePad.