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Amiibo logo.png
The Amiibo logo.
International standard Near field communication
Developed by Nintendo
Introduced June 2014 (2014-06)
Industry Video game
Connector type Wireless
Compatible hardware Wii U GamePad
Nintendo 3DS
Physical range < 20 cm (7.9 in)

Amiibo (stylized as amiibo) is a series of figurines produced by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U gaming platforms. Similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity, these figures, which are modelled after characters from Nintendo's various franchises, use near field communication (NFC) to interact with supported video game software, allowing data to be transferred in and out of each game and across multiple platforms.

The figures can be used directly with the Wii U GamePad and New Nintendo 3DS,[1] with an adapter for older Nintendo 3DS systems to be released in 2015.[2]

Development and history[edit]

Toys for Bob and its parent company Activision had offered an opportunity for Nintendo to be a partner in a new video game franchise known as Skylanders, which would use RFID-equipped character figurines and a special reader component to interact with the game itself, and could store data on the figure itself such as the corrosponding character's statistics. While Nintendo passed on the deal, the franchise itself quickly became one of Activison's most successful franchises, and also resulted in competition from Disney Interactive Studios, who would release a similar game known as Disney Infinity in 2013.[3][4]

In March 2013, Nintendo unveiled Pokémon Rumble U, the first game for the Wii U to utilize its controller's near-field communications support to enable interactive figurines.[5] During an investors' meeting in May 2014, Nintendo presented a prototype of a more comprehensive figurine platform for its 3DS and Wii U consoles, which was designed so that the figures could be used across multiple games. The new system was codenamed NFP, standing for either "Nintendo Figurine Platform" or "NFC Featured Platform", and was slated to be officially unveiled during E3.[6]

On June 10, 2014 during its E3 presentation, Nintendo officially announced Amiibo, and that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U would be among the first games to provide features integrating with Amiibo figurines.[7]

Figurines and supported games[edit]

The first wave of Amiibo figures will be released in North America on November 21, 2014 and in Europe on November 28, 2014.[8][9][10]

Each Amiibo figure will correspond to a specific game; the figure's corresponding game receives access to storage space on the figure for storing data that can be retained for future use. Other compatible games will be able to recognize the figure on a read-only basis; for example, a Mario figurine for Super Smash Bros. can be recognized by Mario Kart 8 or Mario Party 10 as Mario, but only Super Smash Bros. can store data to the figure itself.[11]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[edit]

Pre-release promotional image showing a group of Amiibo figures for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Amiibo figurines can be used to spawn computer-controlled characters to fight either alongside a player-controlled character, or against other CPU, player-controlled, or Amiibo-generated characters. With continued use, the Amiibo's corresponding character will be able to level up and learn new abilities.[4][12]

Character Franchise Release date
Mario Super Mario November 21, 2014[13]
Link The Legend of Zelda November 21, 2014[13]
Samus Aran Metroid November 21, 2014[13]
Kirby Kirby November 21, 2014[13]
Fox Star Fox November 21, 2014[13]
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong November 21, 2014[13]
Pikachu Pokémon November 21, 2014[13]
Peach Super Mario November 21, 2014[13]
Marth Fire Emblem November 21, 2014[13]
Yoshi Yoshi November 21, 2014[13]
Villager Animal Crossing November 21, 2014[13]
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit November 21, 2014[13]
Diddy Kong Donkey Kong December, 2014[13]
Zelda The Legend of Zelda December, 2014[13]
Luigi Super Mario December, 2014[13]
Captain Falcon F-Zero December, 2014[13]
Pit Kid Icarus December, 2014[13]
Little Mac Punch-Out!! December, 2014[13]

Compatible software[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "With New 3DS Model, Nintendo Continues to Woo Hardcore Gamers". Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced". Eurogamer. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders". Polygon. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "How Nintendo makes its amiibo toys play for Wii U". Polygon. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Corriea, Alexa (March 14, 2013). "Pokémon Rumble U will launch with seven NFC-compatible figurines". Polygon. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nintendo Shows Off NFC Mario Figurine for Wii U, 3DS". IGN. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "E3 2014: Nintendo's Amiibo Toy Project Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Karmali, Luke. "First Two Waves of Amiibo Detailed With Release Dates". IGN. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Molen, Brad (June 11, 2014). "Here are Nintendo's new 'Super Smash Bros.' Amiibo toys for Wii U". Engadget. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Karmali, Luke. "First Two Waves of Amiibo Detailed With Release Dates". IGN. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "E3 2014: Nintendo on Amiibo, Smash Bros., and Custom Figurines". IGN. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Smash Bros. Wii U's Amiibo in Action". IGN. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r amiibo - Nintendo
  14. ^ "Nintendo 3DS Direct 2014.8.29". Retrieved 29 August 2014.