Nintendo’s near-field communication figurines, amiibo, have finally landed in North America; what better way for them to punch and kick their way into our homes (and hearts) than to do so in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo’s latest home console version of the crossover fighting series offers in-depth support for the figurines, allowing players to create customised AI fighters that learn as they battle.
We’ve spent a good amount of time training up our own amiibos, and thought we should share some tips on what to expect from and how to get the most out of them.
Choosing an amiibo
Currently, there are 12 different amiibo you can purchase in North America (these will be available in Europe from 28th November when Super Smash Bros. for Wii U also launches). More figurines are due to be released over the coming months, and you can use as many as you like with the game.
There are multiple reasons for choosing which amiibo(s) you should get. It could be as simple as opting for your favourite character, or if you’re looking at it from a more strategic point of view, you could get one that best complements the character you usually play as. No matter which one you pick, you can train and customise them all in exactly the same way.
Customising your amiibo
When first setting up your amiibo, you’ll be given the opportunity to name them and choose an outfit for them. If you’re planning to mostly play against your amiibo, you could even consider giving the name of a rival player or something you don’t like — what better way to get into the fighting spirit? Your amiibo can also be fed equipment that you acquire in the game to enhance their attack, defence or speed. Giving them equipment isn’t the same as customising your own character; they’ll only absorb some of the stats, sadly. With that in mind, it may be worth you keeping hold of the better equipment for your own character(s), as these things may come in handy for other modes.
How to train your amiibo
You can train your amiibo in a number of different ways, some of which are more beneficial than others. Unlike ordinary CPU players, amiibo have a maximum difficulty level cap of 50, although it would appear that there isn’t parity between these: a level 9 amiibo certainly doesn’t put up the same fight as a level 9 CPU player. Moreover, amiibo can only be used in the Smash modes (including 8-player Smash), meaning you sadly can’t rely on them to help you beat Master Core or All-Star mode.
It’s worth highlighting that although amiibo are marketed as customisable players which learn as they play, the extent to which they are able to adapt does seem limited. For example, an amiibo will eventually learn to grab a shielded opponent if it keeps blocking their attacks, but it doesn’t adapt to character-specific moves or play styles as far as we can tell. Our Mario amiibo — even at level 30 — would frequently run straight towards us when going into attack, despite us repeatedly responding to it with a projectile attack. Moreover — and for the best in this case — you can’t teach amiibo to do nonsensical things; if you, for some bizarre reason, decided to jump off the edge every time you KO'd someone, the amiibo wouldn’t learn this as it works with the goal of trying to win. With that said though, amiibo certainly do get tougher as they level up.
Therefore, it (perhaps) disappointingly comes down to being a mere numbers game, and finding the most efficient way to level up your amiibo. You can choose to fight against them (a good way to train yourself too), fight alongside them as a team mate against humans/CPU players/other amiibo or have them fight by themselves while you sit back and watch. Having your own amiibo fight against other figurines is the fastest way for them to level up.
Once an amiibo reaches level 50, it doesn’t stop learning. Nintendo claims that if an opponent is capable of beating an amiibo using good tactics then the latter will still learn to adopt these tactics itself. To what extent they can pick things up, though, is subject to debate and will require looking into further.
Why use amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?
In addition to learning tactics as they play, amiibo also collect equipment and trophies along the way and present them to you as a gifts. Therefore, it’s a good way to further enhance your own characters, as well as contribute towards challenges and your overall completion of the game.
Moreover, investing in an amiibo character that you struggle to fight against in-game is a good way for you to learn more about effectively countering it. As it will adopt advanced tactics, it will offer more challenge than a standard CPU opponent. Not only that, but you can take your amiibo to a friend’s house and team up with it. If they don’t have an amiibo then you may find yourself at a considerable advantage; if they do own one then your amiibo will benefit from fighting it.
Have you invested in any amiibo figurines or are planning to at some point? Are you impressed with how they work with the game or do you find the challenge that they offer lacking? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
I am enjoying collecting the Amiibo and it is fun to customize their speed/defense/attack. I got a Wii Fit Trainer (my wife and I lost 30 pounds over past year with diet and exercise, so the figure had a personal story to us... plus the figure is rare). I am making her into a speedy fighter. I will be getting some more Amiibo for Christmas presents (but I want to be surprised by which ones my Wife picked so I gave her 5-6 to choose from).
I will probably buy a Little Mac/Pit from next wave as they seem rare.
Between my incoming Loot Crates and Amazon, I have all the first 12 figurines heading my way. A colossal amount of money, and I'm not ashamed.
they can only help in certain modes? what was that crap about lonely gamers having a player 2 toy?
At first I was going to get the Kirby amiibo, but thanks to the Spinner in Hyrule Warriors I'll get Link now, instead. I'll see if I want to get any more after that if I like how they work in Smash and Mario Kart.
I got Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, and Samus. They are pretty cool, but I am definitely more into them because I am a collector, not as much for the gameplay reasons so far.
It's kind of disappointing that they can only be used only in smash modes, i think they could help in classic mode; i was going to buy Kirby and Yoshi, but due to the Spinner i'm going to buy Link and maybe Zelda. Can they be used in online battles ar least?
"Super Smash Bros. for Wii"?
It's cool that you can use them as slave labour to earn rewards for you, but also kind of ironic that people have become so lazy they don't even want to play their own video games any more.
Not yet, will most likely get one next month, not sure who, though.
Anyways I just hope Amiibos will learn to do things right compared to normal CPUs, lol. (seriously, saw them do stupid stuff like tossing Pokeballs off the stage, and certain characters using Final Smashes in random places. xD)
I'm getting SSB4 Amiibo edition, may pick up more as a way to figure out how to beat characters I struggle against.
It's good to hear that they can supposedly still learn new tricks at their Lv. 50 cap. And it's impressive how well they adapt up to the point where fighting them becomes an up hill battle for yourself. My Lv. 50 Mario actually 3-stocked me once, and the other matches where I do win, it's such a struggle just to get a hit in, he blocks and capes almost perfectly.
I really hope amiibo tourneys will become a thing. It'll be a whole different level of hype and excitement seeing the things you train fight for you.
My Kirby got to level 50 in less than twenty four hours after release. sniff* They grow up so fast.. ╥_╥
What is the easiest method to unlock special moves in Smash Wii U? I'm curious if using the amiibo gift feature is the best way. I'm not a fan of Smash Tour.
I'm having trouble finding amiibo in my area sadly! At least the ones I want. I may have to go the mail order route (even though I don't want to) btw, Walmart is the WORST place to go for amiibo. All my local one had on launch was 4 marths and the amiibo display... Flanked on each side by a ton of Infinity characters!
I do not understand why we can't use amiibos in online multiplayer matches. It won't even allow this in friend matches. Amiibos seem to have no online functionality whatsoever; they're only for single player modes and local coop. That really diminishes my interest in amiibos greatly, as I wanted to at least be able to use them online with a friend.
On a side note, there doesn't seem to be any way to participate with friends and strangers together in normal online battles either. I can either play with my 1 friend online, or I can play with 3 other strangers online, but not both. WHY??? How could they leave this out? Why can't we join online battles with friends and strangers al la MK8?
Please someone tell me I'm wrong and just not seeing something.
I still have questions -
Can you have your amiibo tag team and fight for you in battle like Skylanders Trap Team's captured villains? I thought thats what they were showing off in the E3 vid w/ Reggie vs Iwata but nobody has mentioned it since.
Will Toon Link function like regular Link in Hyrule Warriors? Maybe somebody at NL can try contacting Nintendo about that. I'd rather have Toon Link.
Still dont have any but almost bought Link today. Anybody unlock the spinner in HW? Is it an instant unlock or do you need to discover it? I still dont have half the people or Gauntlents but Epona came w/ the DLC so that was nice to just have and not search for it.
I picked up Link because he is the only one that has been confined to be useable in the first 3 Amiibo supported games (even though I only got 2 of the 3 games lol)
Thank god it won't stop learning after level 50, I thought once it was 50, that's it.
But I'm gonna make my amiibo learn how to fight airborne
Yeah, they confirmed Toon Link to work the same as Link, in Hyrule Warriors at least (and maybe Mario Kart 8 I think?)
I may get an Ike amiibo at some point, but that's just a maybe. I may even get the other Fire Emblem amiibos, but given the quality of the some of the actual production models we've seen so far, I'm not so sure...
My marth amiibo has in fact learn how to beat me most of the time but he has a weakness:
He keeps doing Dolphin Slash out of the blue which leaves him defenseless.
I'll probably just get the ones who don't really get figure release (example pit) but if i was to get one of wave 1 it would be link cause of the spinner.
I expected there to be a bit more use for the figures in Smash.
@Zelda64L - Thanks, maybe I'll hold off then.
I really like the Amiibo figures so far. I have four of them, and I definitely plan on getting more. They appeal to me as a collector and as a gamer, and I do believe that more functionality will be patched in for these little guys in the future.
I'm really enjoying my amiibos. I picked up 6 thanks to Toys R Us' buy 3 for 30 deal. I like to leave the game on and let them fight each other while I browse the internet and such, then take all their goodies when it's over.
The racing suits they unlock in Mario Kart 8 are nice bonuses and for avid Nintendo collectors this may be the first chance we've had to have a figure of certain characters.
I'm interested to see if they release variations, such as the Koopalings that can be selected with Bowser Jr. Regardless, when and if ROB and Duck Hunt get an amiibo release, I'm there.
So far I'm enjoying my Link Amiibo!
Kirby for me, and Dedede later. We already have many Nintendo figurines dotted around the house but those two are missing, simple as that! Plus, Kirby's abilities are some of the best, and Triple-D's outfit rocks.
I got a Samus for my first one. I'm liking Amiibo a lot! Cant wait for the February wave!
Hey guys, I'm in a smash tournament being streamed on twitch. I'm under the handle Bender Sama!
I finally caved and bought a Kirby.
It's somehow more satisfying than just fighting a standard CPU. Tamagotchi Effect, I guess.
I really wanted to pick up a Marth, but all of the stores in my area were either out of stock or didn't have any amiibo in at all. :c
I'm hoping to be able to grab one within the nxt couple of weeks after my next paycheck comes in.
i probably will get 2-3
hoping to get sonic, villager, and fox
I pre ordered smash bros from toys r us just to get a free pikachu amino
My Wii Fit Trainer has great posture, in that box!!! And she may not come out until I can gauge how rare she is!
I've played Marth almost exclusively against my Marth Amiibo and he does what I taught him, (or so i think). On a KO he does Down Taunt just like me, favors the Up B even when not necessary, down throws on grabs, and almost never Side Bs. Maybe playing as the Amiibo character is an important part of learning?
I'm reluctant to buy any without seeing them. Sadly Nintendo seems to no longer sell in shops in South Africa, and they're only available online. Seems daft to me.
@chiptoon I totally agree with you! I HATE not being able to browse for game in stores. Luckily its not the same scenario as with having had a Gamecube in RSA, since there was no Kalahari or eshop in 2002. Back in my day, gaming was tough I tell you, tough!
I got all twelve because of a sale at toyrus I only had to pay $8.50 apiece for them plus got another 15% off final price seemed like a good deal to me maybe not the best but a good deal none the less , I really like them and look fotward to getting the rest of them I really like how Nintendo is using them in a good number of titles and in different ways for each title which in my opinion is AWESOME and not to mention the quality and detail of the toys alone is fantastic - Good job Nintendo ..
@Sir_JBizzle My Walmart is the same. So many infinty characters, and the only amiibos they had were marth villager and WFT. I just drove across the street to gamestop to get Samus. I'm more suprised with the ones they decided to get than the quantity. Who cares about those amiibos. Why didn't they get the Nintendo icons that would sell more.
Do you have to place the amiibo on the GamePad every time you start Smash Bros. ? Or it's just one-time scan of the figure and the game remembers it? The point of having physical figures is the interaction so I was kind of wondering how often do you have to use them with the gamepad,
@Giygas_95 I can confirm that the Marth amiibo looks great in person, at least mine does, anyway. It could all depend on the lot you get it from, though.
I'm a little disappointed by the use. I was hoping to be able to actually play as my modded amiibo character. I'm also disappointed that I can't take them online, nor can I apparently take my Mii Fighters online. C'mon, I have Jason Voorhees ready to brawl!
We saw all of the figures over the weekend except Mario, Pikachu and Wii Fit Trainer. The store we checked out only had a few Fox, Kirby and Villager figures but surprisingly had a decent amount of Marth figures.
@rjejr unless I'm quite mistaken, Hyrule Warriors doesn't support Amiibo yet, that functionality comes out later this month. Though I would imagine it's an instant unlock, I don't see where they would hide it or why, it wouldn't make sense.
@Quorthon they said Miis don't work in online matches back when they announced them, they only work in Friends matches.
@thesilverbrick Thanks! That's odd though because @DarkKirby posted a picture of one that looked like it was missing a mouth.
I got Fox on Saturday. I'll get a few more later.
@iphys I look at it this way. I have tons of games in back log and I work. Plus smash is huge. I have no issues with farming out the FP.
I want Kirby ;(
@Sir_JBizzle trrue about Walmart. Near my home there's one... it only have the amiibo advertisement...below it just have accesories for 3DS and Wii U. No amiibo at all; they told they are still waiting 'til this week to arrive! What!? But there's a ton Disney Infinity abd Skylanders!!
However... Toys R Us got a full wall of amiibo though.
@RickyNGmr @Radbot42 I ended up finding a Link and Samus at a GameStop down the street from my Walmart today! the manager told me that he would hold whatever stock he gets in for me next week. He showed me the DK amiibo he bought and man does it look bad ass in person!
I've got to say, I am still not sure what Nintendo is doing, or why this needed to have toys . That being said, I can see myself gaining some longevity out of SSB4 with a harder AI, so once I have a new 3DS and/or a Wii U, I may get one or three. It looks like it works best if you have one that is your main and another that isn't. I may get Villager and Mr. Game and Watch. Possibly Shulk.
I don't own SSB4 for WiiU, or even a WiiU for that fact, but I will still get a Mega Man, Shiek, and Mr. Game and Watch so that when the New 3DS comes to North America, I shall be ready!!!
@Sir_JBizzle In hindsight, purchasing those four Marths may have been a good idea.
I actually got a nice collection of Amiibos prior to getting Smash Bros. I just set up a 99 stock match in 8 player mode using team battle. I like to set them up as four pairs. Grab a brewski and watch the fireworks. Twerk the Gamepad every now and then so the Wii-U doesn't go into idol shutdown (you'll lose your progress if it does). I don't feed them, just sick them on one another. Lazy as heck, but you need at least one human player or you don't earn squat in game. CPU/Amiibo matches done in autopilot mode don't award credit towards overall time played or work towards unlocking secret characters. Sure you can fight them but it ceases being fun once they start mercilessly kicking the crap out of you. They are awesome as teammates though.
I Have A Bunch Of Amiibo! I Have R.O.B, Duck Hunt, Mr. Game And Watch, Samus, Pikachu, Yoshi, Kirby, Shovel Knight, Villager And Sonic. You Can Never Stop Collecting Amiibo!
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