What are Nintendo amiibo?

Amiibo are small statue-like figures that represent characters found in Nintendo games for the Wii U and the 3DS console family These figures are scanned into a compatible game and information is either stored to it or information is read from it. This information can be used in games to save data or unlock characters and items.

Games we own that use amiibo

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Amiibo’s Greatest Bits

Super Mario Maker

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

How to use amiibo with various Nintendo consoles

There are three ways to use amiibo: a Wii U console game pad, a New 3DS XL or a Nintendo NFC Reader/Writer for use with the original 3DS/2DS systems.

New 3DS XL

This is the same as using a Wii U game pad. Tap the figure on the lower screen and the game will communicate with the figure.

Nintendo NFC Reader/Writer

The circular device has the same design and function as the spot found on a Wii U game pad or New 3DS XL. Press the button on the front of the reader and place a figure on the top. Make sure the reader is pointing toward the infrared communication port of the system.

Wii U game pad

Simply tap the figure onto the NFC spot that’s on the pad. The game will communicate with the figure.