Amiibo is Nintendo's line of NFC figurines for use with compatible games. Similar to previous lines produced by other companies such as Skylanders or Disney Infinity, players can transfer data to and from the figurines via a communication chip in the Nintendo Wii U GamePad.
The first game compatible with Amiibo is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game will receive a patch enabling support later in 2015. The previously released Mario Kart 8 is slated to receive a future update that will also make it compatible with the figurines, as well.
Amiibo will retail for $12.99 in the US starting November 21, 2014 when the first twelve figurines launch with the Super Smash Bros. line followed by another six starting December 10, 2014. In Europe, Amiibo launches on November 28, 2014 with the second wave following on December 19, whereas Australia and New Zealand get the first wave on November 28, 2014 and the second wave on December 12.
In Japan, both waves will launch simultaneously on December 6, 2014. The third wave launches split in two parts in Europe on January 23 and February 20, 2015 while the complete third wave (made up of Europe's wave 3 and 4) launches January 29, 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and in irregular piecemeal intervals throughout January and February across North America. Wave 5 will arrive in Europe on April 24, 2015 and sometime in Spring in North America.
In 2015, an accessory for Nintendo 3DS will be released to allow Amiibo compatibility with titles released for the handheld. The upcoming New Nintendo 3DS/XL features built-in NFC support and thus will not require the accessory to support Amiibo.
These figures are modeled after their respective characters' artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS. An E3 2014 interview with Nintendo senior manager Shinya Takahashi confirmed that the games' full character roster is planned to be eventually released as Amiibo figures.
The third wave of Super Smash Bros. figures includes the first pair of guest character Amiibo: Sonic and Mega Man.
The third guest character, Pac-Man, is slated for release with wave four.
The first two DLC characters announced in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS will also be released as Amiibo figures.
The second announced line of Amiibo features popular characters from the Mario series. With the exception of Toad, most of these characters had already appeared as Amiibo in the Super Smash Bros. series. Re-issued characters function identically to their original versions for gameplay purposes.
- #1: Inkling Boy
- #2: Inkling Girl
- #3: Inkling Squid
Unlike the other Amiibo series to date, these figures are made of real yarn.