'Dark Souls' character Solaire to praise sun as Nintendo amiibo figure

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Amiibo toy figures that will work in tandem with its games are displayed at the Nintendo booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

The Nintendo Direct presentation has recently concluded, leaving plenty of gamers excited for upcoming titles announced by the company. One of these announcements concerns Solaire of Astora, a fan-favourite character from “Dark Souls,” getting his own amiibo.

Nintendo announced earlier this year that a remastered “Dark Souls” will be heading to the Nintendo Switch on May 25, complete with DLC Artorias of the Abyss and various graphical enhancements. The same version will also come to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Of course, Nintendo won’t be Nintendo if it doesn’t add a touch of playfulness. Solaire himself will be getting his own amiibo, which players can use to initiate the much-renowned “Praise the Sun” gesture, one of the most famous aspects of the first game.

“By tapping this amiibo, the popular 'Praise the Sun' gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game,” Nintendo said in a press release. The Japanese gaming company also noted that the gesture can be obtained within the game. Die-hard fans, however, are most likely to get the Solaire amiibo, because why not.

Nintendo also announced a “network test,” where players who want to try out the game can participate. The network test will launch in the eShop. Not much is known about what happens during this process, but the company has promised to announce more in the near future.

Solaire is a highly popular character in the Dark Souls franchise. His Armor of the Sun, in fact, sports one of the most recognisable emblems (a picture of a sun) on its chest part. Despite being undead, the knight remains cheerful as he goes on a quest to find his “sun.” The character can also be summoned during boss fights.

The original “Dark Souls” released in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360. A PC release followed in 2012. It is considered one of the most challenging video games ever due to its unforgiving (but never unfair) enemies and boss battles.

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