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amiibo is a line of near field communication (NFC) devices for Nintendo's platforms. Primarily in the form of interactive figurines based on notable Nintendo characters, amiibo can be scanned by the Wii U, 3DS or Nintendo Switch while the player is playing a compatible game to enhance the gaming experience. For example, in games such as Mario Kart 8, amiibo unlock bonus content; other games can access the amiibo's NFC tag and store data, such as with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, where scanned amiibo appear as in-game fighters that can level up, learn new techniques, and get customized. However, one amiibo can only hold save data for one compatible game at a time.

amiibo in the form of cards based on the various characters of the Animal Crossing series were released alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. These cards, just like their figurine counterparts, can be scanned to allow for the enhancement of the game, allowing the player to design a room for the character depicted on the card scanned. With a free update, amiibo can also be scanned with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, allowing villagers to move into the town, as well as amiibo exclusive villagers such as Callie and Marie from Splatoon. [1]

The Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch models are natively compatible with amiibo. Older 3DS models, on the other hand, are not, and to ensure compatibility, a separately sold NFC reader peripheral was sold alongside Happy Home Designer's release in 2015.

amiibo figures[edit]

On November 21, 2014, the first wave of Super Smash Bros. amiibo were released. This wave featured a majority of the main series' cast, including Villager. On August 24, 2015, Nintendo had a press release which revealed information about Happy Home Designer and a new Animal Crossing amiibo series.[2] The first wave was released on November 13, November 20, and November 21 in North America, Europe, and Japan and Oceania respectively. An additional wave was released on December 17, January 22, January 29 and January 30, in Japan, North America, Europe and Oceania respectively. On November 14, 2015, several stores updated their amiibo store displays to include the previously unannounced Kapp'n, Timmy and Tommy Nook, and Rover amiibo. [3].These three amiibo alongside a variation of Isabelle wearing her summer dress were released on March 18, 2016 in Europe and North America (minus Isabelle who was released in North America on June 10), March 19 in Oceania, and March 24 in Japan. Isabelle's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's amiibo was released on July 19, 2019 in Japan and Europe, and on July 26, 2019 in North America.

Wave 1[edit]

Wave 2[edit]

Wave 3[edit]


amiibo cards[edit]

A packet of Welcome amiibo-themed amiibo cards

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, a total of eight villagers from other series are available through amiibo.

The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

  • W. Link, obtained through Link, Zelda, and Young Link from the Super Smash Bros. series, Wolf Link, Link (Archer), Link (Twilight Princess), Link (Skyward Sword) and Link (Link's Awakening) from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Medli, obtained through Toon Link from the Super Smash Bros. series, Toon Link (The Wind Waker), Zelda (The Wind Waker) and Zelda (Breath of the Wild) from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Epona, obtained through Sheik from the Super Smash Bros. series, Link (Ocarina of Time), Link (Rider) and Link (Majora's Mask) from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Ganon, obtained through Ganondorf from the Super Smash Bros. series, 8-Bit Link (The Legend of Zelda), Guardian and Bokoblin from The Legend of Zelda series.

Splatoon series[edit]

  • Inkwell, obtained through the Inkling Boy, Girl, and Squid amiibo from the Splatoon series.
  • Cece, obtained through the Callie amiibo from the Splatoon series.
  • Viché, obtained through the Marie amiibo from the Splatoon series.

Monster Hunter series[edit]

  • Felyne, obtained through all six amiibo from the Monster Hunter Stories series.


Games compatible with Animal Crossing series amiibo[edit]

The following games have effects when an amiibo from the Animal Crossing series is scanned:

  • Super Mario Maker: Scan an amiibo to unlock Mystery Mushroom costume. This is also unlockable by completing the 100 Mario Challenge. The following costumes and Mystery Mushroom itself does not make appearance in the second game.
Blathers SMM Costume.pngCeleste SMM Costume.pngCyrus SMM Costume.pngDigby SMM Costume.pngIsabelle SMM Sprite.pngIsabelle SMM Sprite - alt.pngKapp'n SMM Costume.pngKicks SMM Costume.pngK.K. Slider SMM Costume.pngLottie SMM Costume.pngMabel SMM Costume.pngReese SMM Costume.pngResetti SMM Costume.pngRover SMM Costume.pngNooklings SMM Costume.pngTom Nook SMM Costume.pngVillager SMM Costume.png
  • WarioWare Gold: Scan an amiibo using Wario's amiibo Sketch toy in the arcade to watch Wario paint the scanned figure in his signature style.

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  • On October 28, 2015, Nintendo revealed the Animal Crossing Series 1 Cards were the best selling amiibo product in Japan and the 6th best selling product in North America.[4]
  • Prior to the November 8, 2015 restocks by ToysRUs[5], the Villager amiibo was one of the most sought after amiibo in North America.
  • The Lottie amiibo figure was originally a Target exclusive in North America[6], people later discovered that Lottie had broken free from Target exclusivity about a month later.


For this subject's image gallery, see Amiibo/Gallery.


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