Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer

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Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer
Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader-Writer.jpg
Manufacturer Nintendo
Release date(s) Japan July 30, 2015 [1]
United States of America September 25, 2015
Europe October 2, 2015 [2]
Media NFC-enabled card

The Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer is a gaming peripheral developed by Nintendo. When paired with a compatible portable gaming device (e.g.Nintendo 2DS), it can be used to scan amiibo cards that contain a specially encoded NFC chip embedded within them to perform various functions such as uploading data or unlocking game features.

Use in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer is use to unlock villagers and items. To scan amiibo cards, the player must unlock amiibo phone. When the player holds the amiibo card to the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer, they will be able to design a villager's house.

Use in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, the player may find a Magic Lamp randomly in the town. If the player picks up the lamp, places it in their house, and interacts with it, Wisp will appear. Wisp can help with amiibo. The player uses a Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer to scan amiibo. When an amiibo is scanned, the player can invite that villager to move to their town, or obtain a random item. If a special character's amiibo is scanned, that character's RV will be at the campground.


Main article: amiibo