Discover amiibo, a brand new way to interact with your favourite Nintendo characters and games. If you touch your Wii U GamePad's NFC touch point with the figure while playing certain games, data on the chip will be transferred into the game and used in a range of ways. As you play, your figure's data will also be updated, so keep playing to make your amiibo unique!
Watch the video below to see amiibo in action.
What can amiibo do?
Tap an amiibo on the Wii U GamePad’s NFC touchpoint while using compatible software and you’ll uncover surprising new features! amiibo have different effects depending on the game: you might unlock new modes, weapons or character customisations, or even boost your amiibo’s abilities to turn it into your perfect partner – or a formidable foe!
Bring your characters into the game!
In some games, you can build up your amiibo’s abilities as you play, allowing you to create an amiibo character just for you! In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, amiibo can be trained up as your strongest ally – or your fiercest opponent. Bring an amiibo into the action as a Figure Player, then fight alongside it or against it. The more a Figure Player fights, the more it'll level up, and it'll even pick up tactics from any opponents it fights!
Get a new look!
You can change the look of in-game characters and expand your customisation options with themed costumes by using amiibo in compatible software. In Mario Kart 8, use amiibo to add Mii racing suits – special character costumes for your Mii – to your racing wardrobe! Your Mii will be the talk of the track with stylish racing suits that show off Nintendo characters such as Mario, Yoshi and more!
Unlock new content!
Access new content in your games with amiibo! Get extra items, weapons and more when you use amiibo in compatible software. In Hyrule Warriors, tapping the Link amiibo on the Wii U GamePad’s NFC touchpoint will unlock a brand new weapon to play with: the Spinner from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! You can also tap any amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. Collection to receive random materials, weapons and Rupees.
More amiibo compatible games are on the way!
One amiibo, multiple games A single amiibo can be used with multiple games, adding a whole new level of fun to your favourite titles. Even if you have game data from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U saved on your amiibo, you can still use it to unlock content in Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and more! Some software can read and write specific data to and from amiibo, so your amiibo’s abilities can change as you play. Other games only read data from amiibo; for example, touching a character’s amiibo to the Wii U GamePad might bring that character or some of their attributes into the game! Simply tap an amiibo to your Wii U GamePad and register your Mii data to make it your own! As you use it in games, your amiibo will develop to become unique to you! A software update may be required to use amiibo functionality in amiibo compatible games. A system update may also be required to use amiibo functionality.
Also compatible with Nintendo 3DS and 2DS
As well as working with Wii U, amiibo can also be used with Nintendo 3DS and 2DS via an accessory that is planned for release in 2015. Details about compatible software planned for Nintendo 3DS will be announced in the future.