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What You Need to Know About Nintendo's amiibos

All the facts you need to know before buying your first amiibo

What is an amiibo?

An amiibo is a mini figure created by Nintendo which can connect with your Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS - Making it more than just a figurine!

How does an amiibo work?

The Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS all have an NFC reader built in which wirelessly connects to your amiibo when you place it on the reader, this will then tell the console which amiibo you have and connect with your game.

If you have a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS then a NFC Reader is required (which is sold separately).

Depending on the game inserted into the console, your amiibo will be able to do different things in game. Check out this compatibility chart by Nintendo to find out which amiibos are available to use on your games by clicking here!

Nintendo's amiibo's connecting to each device via the NFC reader

What does an amiibo do?

When playing a game, you can save the data to the amiibo, however, it can only store one game at a time - so if you wanted to save another game on the amiibo, then you would need to delete the current data off the amiibo.

If your amiibo is compatible with a specific game, then each day you can tap your amiibo onto your device and this will give you different content including rare equipment!

Types of Amiibos?

Currently there are 149 amiibos throughout 18 categories – these categories include...

Super Mario, Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo's amiibos unders the Zelda Breath of the Wild series          

They also currently have 9 amiibos which are exclusive to Japan which are under the categories - Monster Hunter Stories and Boxboy!

amiibos created by Nintendo for the Monster Hunter Stories in Japan

Are amiibos worth the money?

This is completely down to personal opinion. Personally, I think they are worth it seeing as you can have them both on display and make use of them as they add something new to your gaming experience.

Ever since I was young I have always been enticed by gaming, collecting games and consoles, however, I’d never been interested in buying or collecting figures as I felt they were a waste of money - as I like to be able to make some use of the things I collect.

So when I first heard about amiibos it made me extremely interested as this meant I could collect them, have them on display but also make use of them during my gaming.


Showing an amiibo being activated in to the Legend of Zelda and insertring content in to the game

Have your say!

What is your opinion on amiibos? Do you have any or would you buy them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!