What are amiibo?

amiibo are interactive figures and cards that work with your games.
Tap an amiibo while playing compatible Nintendo 3DS or Wii U
software and you’ll uncover surprising new features! amiibo have
different effects depending on the game: you might unlock new modes,
weapons or character customisations, or even boost your amiibo’s abilities
to turn it into your perfect partner – or a formidable foe!

With the NFC Reader/Writer accessory (sold separately), you can also use amiibo
with Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS!

amiibo are compatible with Nintendo 3DS and Wii U


Unlock new content!

Access new content in your games with amiibo! Get extra items, meet new characters and more when you use amiibo in compatible software.

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, if you tap an Animal Crossing amiibo you can design a house for that character! You can also invite animals to homes or town facilities that you've designed.

In Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward, if you tap a compatible amiibo you can unlock special items after completing a customer's request – including some fashioned after famous faces!

Find out more about amiibo and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Find out more about amiibo and Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward

Train up a powerful fighter!

In some games, you can build up your amiibo’s abilities as you play, allowing you to create an amiibo character just for you!

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, amiibo can be trained up as your strongest ally – or your fiercest opponent. Bring an amiibo into the action as a Figure Player, then fight alongside it or against it. The more a Figure Player fights, the more it'll level up, and it'll even pick up tactics from any opponents it fights!

Find out more about amiibo and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Get a new look!

You can change the look of in-game characters and expand your customisation options with themed costumes by using amiibo in compatible software.

If you tap a compatible amiibo in Super Mario Maker, Mario can turn into that character when he gets a Mystery Mushroom. Meanwhile, in Yoshi's Woolly World, you can tap an amiibo to unlock Yoshi patterns based on that character – see what Yoshi would look like as Mario, Kirby, Donkey Kong and more!

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Open up new challenges!

In certain compatible software, you can access all-new missions with amiibo.

Try your hand at special challenges with amiibo in Splatoon. By tapping a Splatoon amiibo to the Wii U GamePad, you can take on missions with a special twist, and unlock special weapons, gear and minigames as you beat them!

Find out more about amiibo and Splatoon


Power up the party!

In Mario Party 10, tap in any compatible amiibo to play amiibo Party, where your amiibo becomes a board game counter and surprises are around every corner!

In Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, tapping an Animal Crossing amiibo figure lets you use that character as your board game counter. You can also use Animal Crossing amiibo cards to play fun minigames!

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More amiibo-compatible games


One amiibo, multiple games

A single amiibo can be used with multiple games, adding a whole new level of fun to your favourite titles. Even if you have game data from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U saved on your amiibo, you can still use it to unlock content in Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and more!

amiibo-compatible games are separated into two types:

amiibo-read-write-icon.svg Read/write

Some software can read and write specific data to and from amiibo, so your amiibo’s abilities can change as you play.

amiibo-read-only-icon.svg Read

Other games only read data from amiibo; for example, tapping an amiibo might bring that character or some of their attributes into the game!

It's only possible to store data from one game that uses the read/write function on an amiibo at any one time, but an amiibo can be used with games that use the read function whether they have save data stored on them or not. To find out more about managing your amiibo save data and amiibo Settings, visit our FAQ section.

A software update may be required to use amiibo functionality in amiibo compatible games. A system update may also be required to use amiibo functionality.


Mii and amiibo

Simply tap an amiibo to register your Mii data to make it your own! You can also assign a nickname to your amiibo. As you use it in games, your amiibo will develop to become unique to you!

Find out more about which amiibo work with your games on our Line-up page.

See all amiibo available to buy and pre-order at the Nintendo Official UK Store.

Figures shown not actual size. Designs may vary. Compatibility and functionality of amiibo may vary between games.