Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need in order to play with amiibo?

You will need an amiibo figure or card, a compatible game, and a Nintendo Switch, Wii U, or New Nintendo 3DS XL system.

For use with Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS systems, a Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory is required. (Sold separately).

How many games can I save to a single amiibo at the same time?

An amiibo can save data for one game at a time. This means that game data will need to be deleted on an amiibo before it can be used with another game with read/write compatibility

Where can I find out which games an amiibo is compatible with?

Compatibility information is listed in several places, including this handy compatibility chart.

You can also check out the lineup here, then click on an amiibo figure for a description that includes a full list of compatible titles.

And, you may also search for amiibo figures by compatible game.

If I already have game data saved on my amiibo, can I still use that amiibo in other compatible games?

Yes, you can still use your amiibo to get bonus items in games like Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors. However, for other games that save data to your amiibo (such as Mario Party 10), you will need to delete any existing save data on the amiibo before using it with a new read/write compatible game.

What does it mean if an amiibo is Read-only or Read/Write compatible?

An amiibo-compatible game can have either Read-only or Read/Write compatibility with an amiibo.

Read-only compatible means that you can tap an amiibo to the system’s NFC reader to get additional content. For example, the Mario amiibo figure will give you a special racing suit for your Mii™ character when used with the Mario Kart 8 game.

Read/Write compatible, on the other hand, means that you can get additional content AND save certain game data to the amiibo. For example, you can customize your character and then save it to your Mario amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. One amiibo can hold save data for one game at a time.

You can use an amiibo with save data on it in Read-only compatible games. That means you'll still get the additional content without having to use a different amiibo!

What do amiibo do?

Specific features depend on the amiibo and the compatible game.

In general, some games can save game data to an amiibo. Other games will give you bonus content just for tapping an amiibo to your game system’s NFC reader.

For full details, check out the compatibility chart.

Do all amiibo work with all compatible games?

Compatibility and functionality of amiibo may vary by game.

Find out which amiibo are compatible by game with the compatibility chart.

Can I play as my amiibo figure as a character in the games?

Compatibility and functionality of amiibo vary by game.

Some titles allow you to play as your amiibo character. For example, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, you can battle, train, and level up your amiibo character.

For full details, please check out the compatible games.

How do I set up my amiibo figure with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?


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  1. Start up the game. Select "Games and More" in the main menu, then select "amiibo."
  2. Tap your amiibo to the NFC touchpoint found on the lower-left corner of the Wii U GamePad controller, assign it to an owner, select an outfit and give it a nickname.
  3. Press Start (+ button) to confirm, then tap your amiibo to the GamePad again to save.
  4. Select "Smash" mode from the main menu, then on the character select screen, tap the GamePad to send your amiibo into battle.

Remember, when your amiibo is done battling, tap it in again to save your amiibo figure's progress.

Can you play amiibo-compatible games without using amiibo?

You can enjoy the full game experience with all games compatible with amiibo without using an amiibo figure. Using an amiibo will simply add new, optional elements to the gameplay (depending on the game).

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