Toys / amiibo

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amiibo (there's no capitalization) are NFC figurines and collectibles by Nintendo in the vein of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and LEGO Dimensions. Unlike other microchip embedded figures, there's no external reader required (except for original model Nintendo 3DS) and the figures work across multiple games — some unlock small bonuses, while others unlock new modes and capabilities.

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  • Super Smash Bros.: The flagship line, with 58 charactersnote  representing the playable roster of 3DS/Wii U, including Miis and DLC characters.
  • Super Mario:
    • Wave 1: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, plus Mario also has limited-edition Gold and Silver variants. Released with Mario Party 10.
    • Wave 2: Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Daisy, Waluigi, and Boo. Released with Mario Party Star Rush.
    • Wave 3: Goomba and Koopa Troopa. Released with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
    • Super Mario Odyssey: Mario, Peach, and Bowser in white wedding outfits.
  • Splatoon:
    • Wave 1: An Inkling Girl (orange), an Inkling Boy (blue), and an Inkling Squid (green).
    • Wave 2: Alternate colored Inklings (green Girl, purple Boy, and orange Squid) and the Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie.
    • Splatoon 2: An Inkling Girl (pink), an Inkling Boy (green), and an Inkling Squid (purple). These are new molds compared to the one used in both prior waves.
  • Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary: An 8-bit Mario figure, in both classic brown-red and modern red-blue colors. Released with Super Mario Maker.
  • Yoshi's Woolly World: Four Yoshi plushies (Green, Pink, Light Blue, and a larger-sized Mega Green) and, for the 3DS re-release, a Poochy plushie.
  • Skylanders: Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, which can switch between Skylander and amiibo modes, were released for Skylanders: SuperChargers. As with other SuperChargers characters, they also get their own (non-amiibo) vehicle toys; and all four toys are also available in black-and-silver "Dark" versions offered exclusively through the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition bundles.
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Happy Home Designer: Four card series of 100 cards each, with each card representing a different character; plus a few promo cards.
    • amiibo Festival: 16 figure amiibo of Isabelle in both summer and winter outfits, Tom Nook, K.K. Slider, Mabel, Lottie, Cyrus, Reese, Digby, Resetti, Blathers, Celeste, Kicks, Kapp'n, Rover, and Timmy and Tommy.
    • New Leaf: Welcome amiibo: 50 "RV" cards, plus another set of promos.
  • Chibi-Robo!: A figure of Chibi-Robo was packaged with Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash.
  • Shovel Knight: A single figure of Shovel Knight himself, and a three-pack of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Twilight Princess HD: The game comes bundled with Wolf Link.
    • 30th Anniversary: 8-Bit Link, Ocarina of Time Link, Wind Waker (Toon) Link, and Wind Waker (Toon) Zelda.
    • Breath of the Wild: Two versions of Breath of the Wild Link (Archer and Rider), Breath of the Wild Zelda, Bokoblin, and a Guardian.
    • 30th Anniversary Wave 2: Majora's Mask Link, Twilight Princess Link, and Skyward Sword Link.
    • Breath of the Wild Wave 2: Champions Mipha, Daruk, Revali, and Urbosa.
  • Pokkén Tournament: Early production runs came packaged with a Shadow Mewtwo card.
  • Kirby: Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Waddle Dee. Released with Kirby: Planet Robobot.
  • Monster Hunter Stories (Japan only): The line includes figures for two versions of One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (male and female), Rathian and Cheval, Barioth and Avinia, Qurupeco and Dan, and Navirou.
  • BoxBoy! (Japan only): The trilogy collection includes a figure of Qbby.
  • Mario Sports Superstars: A set of 90 cards, each with a different combination of one of 18 characters (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, Wario, Waluigi, Yoshi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Boo, Birdo, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach) and one of five sports (soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and horse racing).
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Pikmin: A figure of various breeds of Pikmin. Released with Hey! Pikmin.
  • Metroid: Samus and a Metroid. Released with Metroid: Samus Returns.

    Games with amiibo Support 
Games are sorted by North American release date; or closest equivalent if not released in America.

  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U: Supports all characters on its roster. Figures store an AI fighter called a "Figure Player" that can not only be customized with different attack variations and stats, but can also be "taught" specific behaviors.
  • Mario Kart 8: Nine Mario characters note  and ten others note  unlock character-based costumes for Miis.
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: The Nintendo Switch version adds a new Splatoon suit obtained by any Splatoon figure. Additionally, the Animal Crossing and Pikmin suits can now be unlocked by any amiibo in their respective lines instead of just Villager and Olimar.
  • One Piece: Super Grand Battle! (Japan only): Ten characters note  unlock costumes for the One Piece cast.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Zelda characters (Link, Zelda, Sheik, and Ganondorf) grant random high-rank (three- to five-star) versions of the highest-level weapons already unlocked for that character, and the first use of a Link figure unlocks an exclusive Spinner weapon. All other amiibo generate random low-rank (no- to three-star) weapons or other rewards such as rupees or enemy materials.
    • Hyrule Warriors Legends: In addition to the above, the list of supported characters is expanded to split Toon Link into a separate unlock from regular Links and add Wolf Link (who generates weapons for both versions of Midna). This change was patched into the Wii U version as well. In addition, the Spinner unlock is removed since Legends doesn't lock it in the first place.
  • Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +: Twelve characters note  unlock variant planes with character-related paintjobs.
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: Kirby characters (Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight) can each give Kirby a powerup and corresponding alt. skin for one stage once a day.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.: Smash's non-DLC Fire Emblem characters (Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina) let you use said characters in battles as Guest Fighters. If the character dies, the figure must be rescanned to be usable again.
  • Mario Party 10: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, DK, Wario, and Rosalina can access a special amiibo Party mode, with a different game board based on the character used. These figures can also store items for use in the game. All other figures can be scanned for daily bonuses.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Toad unlocks a "pixel Toad" to find in levels. All other figures give 1-Up mushrooms.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Shulk can be scanned for tokens (also available from StreetPass) that unlock music and character models.
  • Splatoon: Each of the three Inklings unlocks 20 extra missions that can be completed for exclusive gear, weapons, and new minigames for the Lobby. Callie and Marie allow the player to watch a performance by the Squid Sisters in the lobby (similar to those during Splatfests) with a selection of songs, including amiibo-exclusive ones.
  • amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits: Any amiibo can activate three-minute demos of NES and SNES games. Each individual amiibo is tied to a specific game chosen at random, and using the same amiibo multiple times in a row accesses different segments from the same game.
  • Super Mario Maker: In the Wii U version only, amiibo give powerups that can then be placed in Mario Bros. 1-style courses through the Level Editor: The 8-bit Mario figure summons a Big Mushroom, which makes Mario giant and causes other graphical changes (like a faux-CRT display and putting Mario hats and mustaches on the enemies). 81 other charactersnote  unlock costumes for use with Mystery Mushroom powerups, which act as Super Mushrooms but also switch out Mario's sprite for an 8-bit version of the amiibo character. Costumes can also be collected by playing the 100-Mario Challenge (including non-amiibo-related ones).
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: The Animal Crossing cards and figures summon the pictured character, who will then ask the player to decorate their home. Further amiibo can then be scanned to have their characters visit that home. The Villager also unlocks a new decoration for use.
  • Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash: In the platforming levels, the Chibi-Robo amiibo activates a Super Mode for the in-game Chibi-Robo; between the levels it accesses a figure vending machine. The Chibi-Robo amiibo can also be leveled up with high scores, allowing for more Super Mode activations per day and a higher chance of rare figures from the vending machine. 44 other amiibonote  add additional figures to the machine where Chibi-Robo strikes a pose based on the amiibo character, and all amiibo can be scanned to earn in-game coins.
  • Yoshi's Woolly World: When a Yoshi amiibo of any kind is scanned in, it acts as a clone of your Yoshi; similar to the Double Cherry power-up from Super Mario 3D World. With the plushie Yoshis specifically, the clone can also be customized with alternate yarn patterns. In addition, 50 other charactersnote  unlock a yarn pattern resembling that figure (or in the case of non-plushie Yoshi figures, a normal non-yarn skin). Any other amiibo scanned will unlock a generic "amiibo Yoshi" pattern that looks like Yoshi wearing an amiibo t-shirt.
    • Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World: In addition to the above, the Poochy plush amiibo can be used to have Poochy assist the player (this was patched into the original game as well). The list of alternate yarn patterns was also expanded to include amiibo released after the original game, including Smash's DLC characters (except for Mewtwo, Bayonetta and Cloud), Waves 2 of both Mario and Splatoon (including new patterns for the secondary Inkling colors), the Animal Crossing figures, Wolf Link, and Waddle Dee.
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: The Animal Crossing figures can be scanned to activate playable characters, as well as do such things as roll dice; the characters can be leveled up to unlock alternate outfits. The cards are used for minigames and can add their characters and Happy Home Designer homes to the game board — once eight have moved in, their cards can be used during the board game for a higher chance to roll the dice number on their card. The Villager swaps out the gyroid in the plaza with a statue of the Villager.
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, DK, Wario, Rosalina, and Bowser Jr. can be used as doubles partners in certain game modes. They can also be leveled up to become stronger.
  • Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen (Japan only): The Animal Crossing series (any figure or card will do) and Pac-Man each unlock a playable song and elements for the "Kisekae Shoot" picture mode. All other amiibo can be scanned for "oval" currency.
  • Shovel Knight: Each Shovel Knight figure unlocks challenges for Challenge Mode and a purely cosmetic Fairy Companion for all campaigns. Shovel Knight can also save customized appearances and abilities for the in-game character in his own campaign, while the other three grant (again, purely cosmetic) alternate armors in their respective campaigns. (Shovel Knight originally enabled an exclusive co-op multiplayer mode in the Wii U version, but this was removed and replaced with the fairy when the Treasure Trove update made co-op a standard feature on all non-portable platforms.)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: During the game, players can buy or earn blank amiibo cards. By scanning Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, or Bowser, a blank card will get the character's image on it and be stored to the figure. The figure can then be scanned during a battle to activate one of its stored cards' effects.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Non-DLC Fire Emblem characters from the Super Smash Bros. line (Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina) will visit My Castle, with each scan having a different effect. On the first two scans the visiting character will give you exclusive accessories, on the third scan they will request a battle with you (which allows for them to be permanently recruited if you win), and all subsequent scans will have them man one of your shops to let you buy more of their accessories or purchase copies of their unique weapons. In addition, Robin and Lucina enable several Easter Eggs involving characters Odin, Selena, and Laslow.
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection: In the 3DS version only, Mega Man can be scanned to unlock eleven exclusive Official Fan-Submitted Content challenges. A gold version of the character's Smash amiibo was also released in the game's Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Supports Wolf Link, regular Link(s), Zelda (and Sheik), and Ganondorf. Wolf Link unlocks a challenge mode called the Cave of Shadows and will store the remaining health at the end; this stored health can then be used to heal upon future attempts. Link refills your arrows, Zelda fills up your hearts, and Ganondorf raises difficulty by doubling damage taken.
  • Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: In the 3DS version, Mario and Sonic power up the game's Mario and Sonic suits, respectively, for your Mii; turning them into Gold Mario and Super Sonic and giving enhanced stats for 24 hours. In the Wii U version, Mario and Sonic grant entry to the Mario League and Sonic League tournaments respectively; winning a league will permanently unlock its corresponding Gold Mario or Super Sonic Mii costume.
  • Pokkén Tournament: The Shadow Mewtwo card temporarily unlocks the character, bypassing the in-game requirements. Other amiibo can unlock random customization items for the player's in-game avatar.
  • Word Search by POWGI: If you scan in any amiibo, the game will incorporate its nickname and/or owner data into puzzles.
  • Star Fox Zero: Fox and Falco unlock alternate Arwings; Fox's Arwing unlock is based on its SNES appearance and Falco activates a black Arwing that can lock on to two targets at once but takes triple damage.
    • Star Fox Guard: If either Fox or Falco are scanned before a mission, you can call in an airstrike during that mission to wipe out all enemy robots. Each can be used once a day.
  • Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, DK, Diddy Kong, Rosalina, and Bowser Jr. each unlock a set of levels themed after the character and allow the character to be playable with his/her own special ability. Other amiibo can be scanned to play as Mini-Spec, a generic block character.
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot: Scanning an amiibo will give Kirby a Copy Ability, with most charactersnote  providing specific abilities (Mario gives Fire, Link gives Sword, etc.) and the rest giving random ones. Both figures of Kirby himself grant rare Copy Abilities not found in normal gameplay,note  and the other Kirby-series amiibo also grant unique costumes along with their abilities.
    • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, the standalone Updated Re-release of one of Planet Robobot's minigames, allows players to scan amiibo (five per day) in order to obtain materials to craft items. Most amiibo give small amounts of material, the Smash Bros. figures of Kirby characters give medium amounts, and the Kirby series amiibo give the most.
    • Kirby's Blowout Blast (another standalone Updated Re-release from Planet Robobot): Scanning Kirby characters will each add a statue of said character to the main hub and unlock a music track.
  • Teddy Together (Japan and Europe only): Scanning any amiibo generates in-game currency.
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force: In campaign mode, Samus, Zero Suit Samus, and the Metroid unlock unique paint jobs for the mech, which increase the amount of (respectively) missile, Slow Beam, and repair capsule ammo obtained per pickup, while other amiibo unlock the X-ray paint job which has no special effect. In Blast Ball, both Samuses, the Metroid, and six Mario charactersnote  all unlock paint jobs specific to those characters, while other amiibo unlock the Skull paint job. No Blast Ball paint jobs have special effects.
  • Style Savvy: Fashion Forward: In the original Japanese release, four characters note  each unlock a unique article of clothing. The Western releases add ten more compatible female charactersnote . All other amiibo can unlock an extra exclusive item in random colors in all releases.
  • Picross 3D: Round 2: Ten characters, mostly from Mario and Kirby,note  each unlock a puzzle featuring that character.note 
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2: Shovel Knight unlocks the character as a boss fight.
  • Mario Party Star Rush: Supports all 13 Mario figures plus Bowser Jr. Although specifics vary between game modes, scanning a figure will generally summon the character in some form and provide a Dice Block. If the figure has Mario Party 10 data on it, the Dice Block will be enhanced. Also, these amiibo can be scanned for continues in Challenge Tower mode, Dr. Mario will unlock a music track for Rhythm Challenge mode, and Boo will cause him to appear in the background of Boo's Block Party.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome amiibo: Supports the Animal Crossing, Splatoon, Legend of Zelda, and Monster Hunter series, plus Villager, Sheik, and Ganondorf from Smash. Scanning any figure or RV card will result in its character (or in the case of non-AC amiibo, a character inspired by their home game) visiting your town in their RV, where you can get themed items and possibly have them move in permanently. Normal Animal Crossing cards will not have an RV, but will still give items and (in the case of regular villagers) can be asked to move in. The Animal Crossing: Puzzle League and Desert Island Escape minigames are also compatible with amiibo. In Puzzle League, figures can be scanned to provide special abilities during the game, while Desert Island Escape allows any figure or card to be scanned to make its character playable in the game without needing Play Coins.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Wolf Link summons the character as an animal companion to assist the player; with his health equaling the high score saved from the Twilight Princess HD Cave of Shadows (or a default three hearts, if no score is saved). Other Zelda characters (both from Smash and the Zelda series itself) summon a treasure chest and random amounts of materials such as barrels, meat, fish, and plants; with the specific item pools depending on the character (for example, the Bokoblin drops Boko weapons in its chests and meat for its materials). Most of thesenote  feature exclusive gear not available otherwise. All other amiibo simply drop random materials; and all amiibo are limited to one scan per figure a day.note 
  • Mario Sports Superstars: Tapping a Mario Sports card grants its character a "Star" status with better stats in the shown sport. Tapping three cards unlocks the Road to Superstar mode, where players can earn an even stronger "Superstar" status for characters.
  • Bye-Bye BoxBoy!: The Japan-exclusive Qbby figure unlocks a Qucy costume and a Green Boy Color visual filter (which can also be earned via an Old Save Bonus or 100% Completion). Kirby characters also unlock alternate costumes.
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia: Alm and Celica's stats can be saved to their respective figures, and can then be used to summon a phantom duplicate of them for a single turn at the cost of some health. They also each unlock a Bonus Dungeon. Other amiibo can summon their own phantom allies; with Fire Emblem characters from Smash Bros. summoning that character, while other amiibo give phantoms of generic classes.
  • Splatoon 2: All Splatoon figures can save control and gear setup to the figure (allowing it to transfer between games), unlock exclusive gear (dependent on the player's "Fresh" level) and music tracks, and allow the player's character to take pictures with the amiibo character. The Squid Sisters are locked until the single-player campaign is completed, but the Inklings aren't.
  • Hey! Pikmin: Scanning the Pikmin or Olimar figure in a level spawns back-up Pikmin. Scanning them or one of 40 other figuresnote  on the world map will open a "Secret Spot" mini-level where the figure can be collected as a treasure item. Unlike most amiibo-compatible games, only those figures are accepted and amiibo of the same characters from other figure lines are not supported. All unsupported amiibo can be scanned for a minimal amount of Sparklium.
  • Miitopia: Twenty-six characters note  each unlock a costume based on that character for a Mii to wear. Repeat scans and all other figures (not cards) grant arcade tickets.
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi each unlock weapons for them and their respective Rabbid counterparts.
  • Monster Hunter Stories: The Japan-exclusive Monster Hunter figures unlock versions of their monsters (or an Aptonoth, in the case of Navirou) that are based on the Ride On anime. Other amiibo can be scanned for items.
  • Metroid: Samus Returns: All Metroid characters unlock one item for use during gameplay and one feature accessible after beating the game: Metroid series Samus gives an Aeion Reserve Tank and a Metroid II: Return of Samus art gallery. The Metroid gives a Metroid Marker which shows the location of the nearest Metroid and the Harder Than Hard Fusion difficulty setting. Smash Samus gives a Missile Reserve Tank and a concept art gallery. Zero Suit Samus gives an Energy Reserve Tank and a sound test mode.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions: Scanning Super Mario amiibo (Wave 1, Boo, Goomba, Koopa Troopa, and Bowser Jr.) adds stamps to in-game stamp sheets, and completed sheets can be redeemed for equipment. Goomba and Koopa Troopa also unlock bonus stamp sheets.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: The Mario Odyssey amiibo grant wedding outfits for their respective characters (though they can also be unlocked in-game) plus an additional benefit: Mario gives temporary invincibility, Peach adds a Life-Up Heart, and Bowser reveals the locations of regional coins. All other amiibo can be scanned to get hints to Power Moon locations.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Compatible with at least the Fire Emblem figures including Chrom and Tiki; functionality unknown.
  • Mario Party: The Top 100: Functionality unknown.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Exclusive to the Switch release, scanning unspecified Zelda amiibo (at least BotW Archer Link; unknown what others) grants the player character an outfit based on Breath of the Wild, the Master Sword, and the Hylian Shield. (Note that the items can also be found elsewhere in the game.)
  • Nintendo Presents: Style Boutique 3 - Styling Star: Functionality unknown.
  • Kirby: Battle Royale: Functionality unknown.

Note that figures of the same character are considered mostly interchangeable as far as all in-game functionality is concerned - for instance, any game that requires a Mario character unlock will accept versions of that character from the Smash, Mario, Yoshi's Woolly World, or Skylanders lines. However, some games differentiate specific figures of the same character (for instance, Super Smash Bros. distinguishes Dr. Mario from Mario, while Mario Party does not), and a few figures (such as Wolf Link and Shadow Mewtwo) are treated as wholly separate characters.

Figures can also be used to transfer Mii characters (registered figure contains Mii data of the owner's Mii) from Wii U or 3DS to the Nintendo Switch.

Tropes on amiibo themselves:

  • all lowercase letters: "amiibo"'s proper spelling is with a lowercase a, regardless of where it appears.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Several games' amiibo unlocks are alternate costumes, though both Kirby games also involve special abilities to go with them.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: In some games, scanning an amiibo gives things such as extra health. This trope is most pronounced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in which amiibo cards allow you to beckon specific villagers to your town, and act as the ultimate insurance in that if they do leave, you may beckon them back an infinite number of times, so long as you still have the card. Simply put, having all your favorite characters in card form is the surefire way to create your ultimate utopia town in the game.
  • Crossover: Inevitable, given the nature of amiibo:
    • Certain games function with amiibo from other series, like Codename: S.T.E.A.M. interacting with the Fire Emblem figures.
    • Nearly every franchise represented as an amiibo is compatible with Super Mario Maker and effectively allows you to play as that character in a Super Mario platformer, regardless of how improbable it sounds, including Sonic, an Inkling, Isabelle, and Wii Fit Trainer.
    • Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser take this a step further by being a crossover between two NFC figure series, being both Skylanders figures and amiibo figures... and can switch between both!
    • Not only does the rerelease and update of Animal Crossing: New Leaf feature visits from AC versions of Zelda, Splatoon, and Monster Hunter characters, but Sanrio released a small series of promotional amiibo cards that showed an AC character paired with one of their own (such as Isabelle with Hello Kitty). Sanrio characters don't "visit" like the other crossovers, but the cards unlock furniture sets based on its Sanrio character.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • The Super Mario series Mario was the first amiibo ever shown, as a prototype with a generic brown base before the amiibo name was revealed. This prototype would go on to show up in early releases at the back of the box, only to be replaced by the final version with the Super Mario base following its own release.
    • Designs for Mario line Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario amiibo showed up in Mario Party 10 long before any such figures were available for purchase.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: The Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo are these rather than plastic figures.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Zig-zagged. Some games keep collections of items unlocked by amiibo, but others don't; and even those that do only ask for a subset of the figures available and not all of them. The closest are Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World and Mario Maker, which have unique unlocks for almost every figure made at their date of release (and even added unlocks for later-released amiibo via DLC patches).
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny:
    • The Mario-series Mario amiibo has both gold and silver variants. Mega Man has his own gold variant figure for the 3DS release of Legacy Collection.
    • The amiibo functionality for Chibi-Robo and Mario and Sonic at the Rio Olympics involve activating Golden Super Modes.
  • Irony: Due to being a Smash DLC character and getting an amiibo long after his game was released, Corrin is not one of the figures compatible with his home game Fire Emblem Fates.
  • It's Been Done: The idea of NFC figures and cards providing bonuses isn't new, Mattel tried it with the Hyper Scan in 2006. Unfortunately, it didn't go too well for them not because of the gimmick, but because the Hyper Scan was poorly designed in the first place.
  • Market-Based Title: Variant. The figure of R.O.B. was released in different colors for different regions based on how the Famicom and NES, and therefore R.O.B. himself, were colored differently - Japan gets Famicom white and red while America gets NES grey. However, the Famicom R.O.B. amiibo were eventually released in all regions.
  • Mons: Can be played this way in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, where you can teach an amiibo different strategies, feed it equipment to permanently raise its stats, and level it up from facing against other players and/or their own amiibo. Mario Tennis is similar.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Smash Bros. Shulk figure was originally exclusive to GameStop in North America, just as his game Xenoblade was.
    • The Yarn Yoshi amiibo plushes are strikingly visually similar to the yarn Yoshi dolls seen in the E3 2014 Digital Event video.
    • The abilities granted in Kirby: Planet Robobot (when they are specified and not random) are in most cases a reference to the character scanned; often a power or weapon the character uses in their own games.
  • Nonstandard Character Design:
    • Occasionally a figure will have a special feature that not even other figures in the same line have:
      • Mr. Game & Watch has several poses that can be swapped out.
      • The Guardian in the Zelda line has poseable limbs.
      • Boo glows in the dark.
      • The Metroid is squishy.
    • The Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo are actual plush toys. Then there's Mega Yarn Yoshi, which is decidedly larger than any other amiibo.
    • A planned Star Fox Zero Arwing figure would have been able to transform from starfighter to Chicken Walker as it does in the game. It had to be scrapped due to not meeting safety guidelines, however.
    • The Monster Hunter figures (except for Navirou) can have their riders mixed-and-matched on the different mounts.
  • Nose Art: The Ace Combat paintjobs. The designs can also qualify them as Itasha.
  • Not Completely Useless: Like all the Pokémon amiibo, Jigglypuff does not unlock any particularly worthwhile content in any game besides Super Smash Bros.. Furthermore, it is not as sought after as other Pokémon amiibo, due to its simplistic design and lesser popularity. When scanned in Kirby: Planet Robobot however, it gives Kirby the rare Mike ability, which can unleash three Instant KO attacks. This can turn some parts of the game (especially boss battles) into complete cakewalks, making it one of the most useful amiibo for that particular game.
  • Not Rare Over There: Several amiibo that are hard to find in one region (such as the U.S.) may be quite common in others (such as Japan and Australia).
  • Off-Model:
    • Some figurines (especially ones with the most human-like proportions, like Fire Emblem characters) seem a bit... janky. Makes sense given the scale of the actual figures not having enough details for characters with proportional heads.
    • amiibo with factory faults have been documented, as well. In particular, a Samus figure with two Arm Cannons was sold for $2,500, and a defective Peach with missing legs sold for $25,100.
  • Palette Swap: Some amiibo are little more than color swaps of each other, such as R.O.B. and R.O.B. (Famicom Colors), Mario and Gold/Silver Mario, Mega Man and Gold Mega Man, and Inkling Girl/Boy/Squid (Splatoon 1) color variants. Can be subverted by their in-game functionality, such as Gold and Silver Mario, which unlock unique individual Mystery Mushrooms in Super Mario Maker.
  • Play Every Day: Some games allow multiple scans from the same figure, but only once a day.
  • Product Placement:
    • amiibo Tap and Mini-Mario and Friends are little more than a way for amiibo to advertise eShop games (the Virtual Console for the former, Mario vs. Donkey Kong for the latter) and vice-versa.
    • The Smash Falco figure was timed to release on the same day as Star Fox Zero in order to help promote the game. But then Star Fox got delayed...
    • Mega Man's Smash figure received a special gold variant for his Legacy Collection Compilation Re-release.
    • Wolf Link and the Squid Sisters were added to Mario Maker in order to help promote their amiibo releases.
  • Production Throwback: amiibo are more likely to be compatible with games outside their characters' home series if said games are from the same developers or publishers. Besides all the Nintendo games that reference each other: Fire Emblem characters are featured in Intelligent Systems games (like Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.), Kirby with HAL Laboratory (BoxBoy! and Picross 3D 2), Pac-Man with Bandai Namco (One Piece, Ace Combat, Taiko Drum Master), and Shovel Knight with Yacht Club Games (Gunvolt 2). There is a practical reason for this: if you want amiibo to be compatible with your game, it's easier to use your own characters than it is to negotiate rights for a guest appearance by someone else's.
  • Randomly Drops: Several games, especially ones that accept any amiibo and not just specific characters, hand out item rewards randomly.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Since the Smash Bros. trophies tend to be rather implausible as something you'd expect a kid to be able to safely toss around, their amiibo have clear plastic supports not just for being in mid-air, but for structural integrity. The Super Mario line of amiibo are both larger and based off of art of characters in static poses to avoid this (with the exception of Boo, who, as a floating character, needs support). This is presumably why the very noodle limbed Chibi-Robo and Qbby are sitting down for their amiibo.
    • Wolf Link stands on two stone platforms attached to his base, as he'd be too long to fit on top otherwise.
    • The artwork of Waluigi that his amiibo is based on shows him stroking his iconic mustache. However, because that would likely be too difficult to position properly and could easily break, he is instead holding his fist up with his mustache resting on the sides of his face.
  • Regional Bonus: The European (and later American) release of Style Savvy added ten amiibo to the four already compatible in the Japanese version. Japan later got them in a patch.
  • Region Coding: Averted; amiibo are exactly the same no matter where in the world you buy them. Only the packaging differs. This is very important in cases where there are major stock issues, as it means people could go out and import the figures they couldn't get locally.
    • Even better, the lack of region locking means that the Monster Hunter and BoxBoy figures are still compatible with various games, even though the lines have only been released in Japan.
  • Revenue-Enhancing Devices: Unlike other "toys-to-life" lines, most amiibo features are optional to their games. In some cases the amiibo aren't even needed to get the bonuses and a non-amiibo way to earn them is available. Eventually, however, games requiring amiibo started to be introduced, but these made up for it by being free downloads or including the amiibo as part of the purchase price.
    • Chibi-Robo is probably the worst case of this, as a whole bonus world and its entire figure collection are locked off without the Chibi-Robo amiibo.
  • Save-Game Limits: Each amiibo can only hold one set of game data at a time. Played with by the Skylanders crossover figures, which can hold Skylanders data alongside amiibo data.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: With several amiibo being hard to find at a reasonable price, some self-imposed challenges that people have done for amiibo include but are not limited to:
    • Only buying amiibo at MSRP or below (give or take a dollar or two, as places like Toys R Us charge more).
    • No importing allowed.
    • No pre-orders allowed.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The figurines are ones to the Pokémon Rumble U NFC figures.
    • The Animal Crossing amiibo cards could be a successor to the prematurely discontinued Nintendo e-Reader. It helps that the original GameCube game had similar e-Reader cards - the design of the amiibo cards is even similar to the design of the Japanese e-Reader cards.
  • Stylistic Suck: Game Grumps partook in a hilariously badly-acted commercial for the Shovel Knight amiibo.
  • Toyless Toyline Character:
    • Up until the second wave of Mario figures, Mario games frequently supported characters that were not yet in the Mario series of figures but were in Smash Bros. Mario Party 10 even showed Donkey Kong, Rosalina, and Wario with theoretical Mario-series designs that didn't actually exist as figures until well over a year later. Even after that second wave, Bowser Jr. still doesn't have a Mario series figure. Both Mario Party 10 and Mario Tennis also have playable characters that don't have amiibo in any line, especially Toadette, who has been playable in these games and Mario Party: Star Rush note .
    • Zig-zagged in Mario Maker:
      • Played straight for about twenty of the 99 costumes available in the base game, which have no corresponding amiibo and aren't likely to get them. The same goes for most of the DLC costumes.
      • Averted for several costumes that were set up for amiibo compatibility, even though figures had not been announced yet; including Waluigi, half of the Animal Crossing figure line (the other half had been announced by then), and likely the Arwing (as an amiibo was in the works for Star Fox Zero even if it got scrapped later). Even Baby Mario and Nabbit are set up to have amiibo unlock their costumes, without their amiibo actually materializing.
      • Also averted for a handful of DLC costumes. Wolf Link, Callie, and Marie were added to the game to tie into their amiibo releases and included compatibility as part of the download.
      • Subverted for Daisy. She was released as a DLC costume, but unlike Wolf Link and the Squid Sisters no amiibo was incoming at the time. When she did receive an amiibo later on, Mario Maker wasn't updated to recognize it, leaving her figure the only one incompatible with her respective costume.note  The same could potentially be said for the Felyne costume, as it predated the Monster Hunter figures and can't be unlocked by them either.

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