amiibo (アミーボ, amiibo) is a line of Nintendo figures designed for use with the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been shown to be compatible with these figurines.
A player of either game can place an amiibo figurine on the bottom left side of the Wii U GamePad, and the amiibo will be able to fight against the player or assist them in battles. For Nintendo 3DS use, the player is able to buy an add-on to use amiibo called the "Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader Writer" (or simply place them on the touch screen of the Nintendo 3DS family).
Figure Players have often been compared to CPUs, as they both use AI. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, players can train the figurines to be able to learn new fighting tactics. The amiibo character will adapt to your play-style learning how to play against you. For example, if you always taunt after landing a KO, your amiibo can learn to do the same; or if you always try to Meteor Smash opponents using risky tactics, the amiibo will learn to do the same, like to fake self destructing? Your amiibo will do it (Or maybe not). In order words, the better the player, the better the amiibo will become. FPs at around level 40 or above by default stop taunting because they take out certain parts to make room for other techniques that could be learned. amiibo can still learn from you if you fight alongside it in Team Battles.
They are also programmed to detect and use items depending on your usage patterns. For Example, if you always play matches without items and introduce items to them, they will be "confused" and "unaware" on how to use them.
The amiibo will use the moveset you've chosen for him/her at the start, and their stats will increase as they grow in level, meaning as they level level up they'll take less damage/knockback and be able to deal more damage to you. As well as increased reaction time meaning they'll; attack, shield, dodge, and air-dodge faster. However, you are able to further change their stats by "feeding" them items. This will change their base stats depending on what the piece of equipment is. The maximum level an amiibo can reach is 50.
amiibo interaction with a game may be either "Read/Write" or "Read Only". "Read/Write" will save certain game data directly to the amiibo figure; however, each amiibo can only hold data from one such game at time. If using the same amiibo, new data from another "Read/Write" game can only be saved by deleting the data from the previous "Read/Write" game. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U is a "Read/Write" game.
"Read Only" games scan the amiibo to unlock additional in-game content and features, but do not save data to them. They can therefore be used repeatedly and on multiple "Read Only" games without affecting the amiibo saved data. Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors are "Read Only" games. Mario Party 10 has both "Read/Write" and "Read Only" capability, depending on which amiibo are used.
Super Smash Bros. series
The first wave was released on November 21, 2014, along with the North American release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
The second wave was released on December 14th, 2014 in North America and on December 19th, 2014 in Europe.
The third wave was released on January 22nd, 2015 in Japan and on February 1st, 2015 in North America.
The fourth wave was released on April 29th, 2015 in Japan and on May 29th, 2015 in North America.
Palutena was released on July 24, 2015, while Dark Pit was released a week later on July 31, 2015.
Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, Dr. Mario, Bowser Jr., and Olimar were released on September 11, 2015 in North America, while Ganondorf and Zero Suit Samus were released alongside Wave 5 in Europe and Japan. Dr. Mario, Bowser Jr., and Olimar being released on July 17th, 2015, with the remainder of the wave being released in September 2015. A Retro 3-Pack featuring R.O.B., Mr. Game and Watch, and Duck Hunt was released on September 25th, 2015 exclusively at GameStop. These three amiibo are not sold seperately in North America, but they are sold separately in Europe/Austrailia.
Mewtwo was released on November 13 2015, while Falco was released a week later on November 20, 2015.
The three Mii Fighters were released in 3-Pack exclusively at Toys "R" Us on November 1st, 2015 in North American and on November 20th, 2015 in Canada. They have also been released individually in Europe on September 25th, 2015.
The Lucas amiibo comprises the eighth wave, and was released in Japan on December 17th, 2015, in North America on January 22nd, 2016, and in Europe on January 29th, 2016.
The ninth wave of amiibo was released on March 18th, 2016 in North America and Europe, and April 28th, 2016 for Japan. This wave includes two downloadable fighters, Roy and Ryu, and R.O.B. in his Famicom colors.
The Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta amiibo figures were released worldwide on July 21st, 2017. A second set of the amiibo released on the same day, each called ''Player 2". The Bayonetta - Player 2 amiibo is a Best Buy exclusive, with the Corrin - Player 2 amiibo to Amazon, and the Cloud - Player 2 amiibo exclusive to Gamestop.
Super Mario series
The Super Mario line of amiibo function the same as the Super Smash Bros. line in the game as long as you are using a figure that has a corresponding fighter. They were released on March 20th, 2015 to coincide with the release of Mario Party 10. So far the only amiibo figures that won't work with Super Smash Bros.for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U is Toad, Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Boo, and Waluigi. A Silver Mario amiibo was released on May 29, 2015, while the Gold Mario amiibo was originally a Walmart exclusive, but later in 2016 some were restocked at retailers such as GameStop.
Yoshi's Woolly World series
Similar to the Super Mario line of amiibo, you can use any of your Yarn Yoshi amiibo in the Super Smash Bros. game and it will function the same as a regular Yoshi amiibo.
Skylanders Superchargers series
These series includes four Skylanders being Hammer Slam Bowser and Turbo Charge Donkey Kong along with their Dark forms. However, these two are special in that if their bases are twisted, they can enter amiibo mode and can be used for any game, including Super Smash Bros., which is compatible with a Donkey Kong and Bowser amiibo.
30th Anniversary - Mario series
This series includes two amiibo. They are 30th Anniversary Mario Classic Color and 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Color. They can be used for any game, including Super Smash Bros., which is compatible with a Mario amiibo.
Mega Man - Gold Edition
Gold Mega Man amiibo was revealed during the 11/12 direct. It can be used for any game, including Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, which is compatible with a Mega Man amiibo. It was later confirmed that it's a part of the Super Smash Bros. amiibo lineup.
The amiibo from the Kirby series were announced on the Nintendo Direct - 3.3.2016, and some were shown to be compatible with Kirby: Planet Robobot, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and more. The Kirby and King Dedede amiibo figures both aren't compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, but they are with the Wii U version. Meta Knight is the only amiibo figure in the Kirby series to be compatible with both versions.
30th Anniversary - The Legend of Zelda series
This series includes 7 amiibo figures. The first four were are revealed during the Nintendo 3DS Direct - 9.1.2016. The Link - Ocarina of Time amiibo can't be used with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, but it is compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Three more Link amiibo figures were announced during the 4.12.17 Nintendo Direct and they're each from; Majora's Mask, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess. As well as the new 3 amiibo figures being compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Best Buy announced that they'll be exclusively selling the Link - Majora's Mask amiibo, Link - Skyward Sword amiibo for Amazon, and Link -Twilight Princess being exclusive to Gamestop.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series
The amiibo from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series were announced on the 9.1.2016 Nintendo Direct, but 1 out of 5 of them are compatible with both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, that being the Zelda amiibo figure. Both Link (Archer) and Link (Rider) amiibo figures are compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, but not with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Some amiibo have special features which others don't have.
Mr. Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch's character model is very thin to mimic his 2-D appearance, and so it has several variations that can be switched in and out of the base at any time. Its variations are Mr. Game & Watch's Judge pose with him striking a number 9, his parachute pose and his trademark bell pose which was his profile pic pose for his two predecessors.
Each version of the Mii Fighter comes as their default appearance, but when they are read into the game, the player can customize their appearance and moveset as with regular Mii Fighters.
The R.O.B. Figure is different based on the region he is from. His amiibo colors match his regional artwork. Famicom R.O.B. was shown to be released in North America as well as the NES Color already released.
- amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U got it's inspiration from Super Smash Bros. Melee where fighters in their trophy form will come to life and fight each other. This was officially stated by Bill Trinen (Nintendo of America Representative) in the Nintendo - amiibo E3 2014 Trailer.
- Some amiibo have shown some defects in their appearance, such as a Samus with two arm cannons and a Marth amiibo with an extra head.
- A level 50 Fox Amiibo called WaveShine "participated" in a tournament in Canada as a joke; he won the losers round 1 and 2, but lost in the semi-finals against FireFly, one of the best Brawl players in the region.
- Some players have begun organizing amiibo-only tournaments, such as the amiibo Fighting Championship.
- Four of the Wave 3 amiibo are exclusive to certain stores: Meta Knight is BestBuy exclusive, Shulk is GameStop exclusive, Rosalina is Target exclusive, and Lucario is Toys R' Us exclusive.
- In Wave 4 three of the amiibo are store-exclusives: Ness for GameStop, Jigglypuff for Target, and Greninja for Toys R' Us.
- In Wave 5, Dark Pit is exclusive to Best Buy, while Palutena is exclusive to Amazon.
- In Wave 6, Dr. Mario is exclusive to Target, and Bowser Jr. is exclusive to Toys "R" Us.
- More than several of the amiibo figures that were exclusives in their initial release have become more widely available in later restockings.
- Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin's amiibo figures are fully compatible with the game Codename: S.T.E.A.M.
- Since the release of the Super Smash Bros. line of amiibo, multiple other lines have come out, including Super Mario, Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World, and Animal Crossing.
- The amiibo figures shown at E3 are different from the ones that were released as they were just prototypes.
- The font used for the amiibo logo is called Bauhaus 93.
- The video game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X is compatible with the Super Smash Bros. line of amiibo. Using certain amiibo will dress the One Piece characters in costumes of the Super Smash Bros. characters, such as Luffy dressed as Mario and Zoro dressed as Link.
- Official amiibo website page
- Prima Games: Nintendo amiibo Buying Guide
- amiibo Wiki
- Skylanders Superchargers