A lot has changed in the single short year that amiibo have been in our lives. Where once it was a cute experiment with the likes of Mario, Marth, and Wii Fit Trainer heading up Nintendo's toys-to-life debut, it's since transformed into a toy-based behemoth - the first series was such a smashing success that Nintendo has started spreading the love to other series, and fans of games like Earthbound, Legend of Zelda, and Animal Crossing can finally get merchandise from their favorite games without spending an arm and a leg (most of the time anyway). As amiibo head into their second year Nintendo's getting even more ambitious, with Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta figures promised in the coming months. Yes please.
Of course, the full collection can be a lot to keep track of as a result, especially given some of the company's more creative figure choices (Skylanders amiibo are things that exist). If you're not even sure what an amiibo is or what it does, talk of waves and exclusives may go straight over your head. Once you've mastered the amiibo basics, this guide will help you figure out what's out there, when it's available, and where to get it.
Important amiibo facts
Even after you have the basic concept of amiibo down, there are a few nitty-gritty facts that you'll want to make sure you remember. Massive disappointment when the amiibo you want isn't available at your store, panic when your amiibo game data disappears, a busted bank account when you underestimate the cost - all of these can be avoided if you keep these important tips in mind.
- amiibo retail for $12.99/£10.99/€14.99 unless otherwise noted (or you're being gouged by a reseller).
- Some amiibo are retailer exclusive, but only in North America. This means certain amiibo will only ever be (officially) sold at specific stores. 'MURICA!
- Use amiibo by tapping the base of the figure on either the Wii U Gamepad or the New Nintendo 3DS in amiibo-enabled games.
- amiibo are compatible with games in two ways: Read-Only, and Read/Write. Read-Only means that the game will simply read that the figure exists and likely unlock something in the game, while Read/Write actually stores information on the amiibo itself, letting you do things like bring your amiibo to a friend's house to do battle in Super Smash Bros.
- amiibo can only store data from one game. You can use them as much as you like to unlock items from different games, but if you actually write data to the amiibo, you'll overwrite whatever data that was previously stored there. Fair warning.
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