Nintendo thought of a clever way to sell more prepaid Nintendo cards in Japan. They turned the cards into AR cards that make characters like Mario and Princess Peach pop out. If you want to collect all of the augmented reality characters you have to purchase six cards worth a total of 12,000 yen ($120).
Animal Crossing and Pikmin characters are on the next round of prepaid eShop cards.
The Animal Crossing set with Timmy & Tommy (1,000 yen), Isabelle (2,000 yen), and K.K. Slider (3,000 yen) will be available on November 21. Characters pop out when you use the eShop app Photo Together with Animal Crossing. The ? mark card that comes with the 3DS makes a tree appear.
A set of three Pikmin cards – Yellow Pikmin (1,000 yen), Red Pikmin (2,000 yen), and Blue Pikmin (3,000 yen) – head to stores on December 2. The ? mark card makes a Bulborb appear. All of the characters have different poses, but you can drag them off the card to make funny photos.