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amiibo (Japanese: アミーボ amiibo) is Nintendo's series of interactive figurines designed to work with various games for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch consoles. amiibo work through near field communication, and are scanned by the consoles when running compatible games to use that amiibo's data to add various elements or effects to the game that, usually, would not otherwise be accessible.
Seven Fire Emblem series amiibo are currently available for purchase, with two more scheduled for future release.
- 1 Available amiibo
- 2 Uses for the Fire Emblem amiibo
- 3 Trivia
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Super Smash Bros.
The Super Smash Bros. amiibo series intends to release an amiibo figurine based on every playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, including all currently known downloadable content characters. As of June 2015, 56 of these amiibo have been released through four waves of release, including five of the six Fire Emblem characters featured in Super Smash Bros.
With the release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia the Fire Emblem series got its own amiibo line, instead of being part of the Super Smash Bros. line. The first two Fire Emblem characters featured were Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's protagonists, Alm and Celica. The Fire Emblem line of amiibo appears to be ongoing for the foreseeable future. Fire Emblem line amiibo are distinguished visually from the Super Smash Bros. line of amiibo by the appearance of the base, Fire Emblem series amiibo feature a brick pattern on the base instead of the Super Smash Bros. logo.
Several other themed series of amiibo have been released or are due for release, including Animal Crossing, Splatoon, Yoshi's Woolly World and Super Mario Bros.. Obviously, none of these contain Fire Emblem characters.
Uses for the Fire Emblem amiibo
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
SmashWiki features a more in-depth article.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was the first set of titles to be compatible with amiibo, with the first amiibo released being themed after it, and a wide range of amiibo are compatible with it, including all Fire Emblem-related amiibo. The games use amiibo to create personalized AI characters, dubbed "Figure Players", to participate in battles in the game. When first scanned, the player can name the amiibo and assign it a specific alternate costume and a set of special moves, then they can take the Figure Player into matches with them. Unlike other AIs in the game, Figure Players are "trainable" and are assigned a level which increases as they gain experience through fighting, reaching a maximum of level 50.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is compatible with the Fire Emblem amiibo on a read-only basis. When one of these amiibo is scanned, the character joins the player's party and can be deployed in battles, coming with their own unique equipment and skills. Unlike an ordinary character, the Fire Emblem characters cannot be revived at checkpoints mid-battle should they be killed, and instead they must be scanned again after the battle to rejoin the party. If all four Fire Emblem amiibo characters are deployed, the usual background music will be replaced with special Fire Emblem-related tracks. While the Roy amiibo is currently not compatible, it is unknown if compatibility will be added in the future. It is unknown if the Corrin amiibo will be compatible with Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. when it is released.
Fire Emblem Fates
Fire Emblem Fates is compatible with the Fire Emblem amiibo on a read-only basis. When one of these amiibo is scanned, it introduces the relevant character into the game as a powerful bonus unit who appears in the player's My Castle. The player can then challenge the character to a battle, and if they win, the character will join their army. While the Roy amiibo is currently not compatible, it is unknown if compatibility will be added in the future. It is unknown if the Corrin amiibo will be compatible with Fates when it is released.
Yoshi's Woolly World
Yoshi's Woolly World is compatible with every known amiibo, including the Fire Emblem ones, on a read-only basis. Scanning an amiibo will unlock a wearable pattern for Yoshi based on that character; patterns based on Marth, Ike, Lucina and Robin are available. While the Roy amiibo is compatible, it does not give a special costume for Yoshi. It is unknown if the Corrin amiibo will be compatible with Yoshi's Woolly World it is released.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker is compatible with numerous amiibo on a read-only basis. When a compatible amiibo is scanned, the player can add them to a map they have designed in the form of a Mystery Mushroom power-up which transforms Mario into an 8-bit version of that character. The amiibo of Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina are all compatible. In keeping with the 8-bit theme, all four of these costumes use sound effects from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. While the Roy amiibo is currently not compatible, it is unknown if compatibility will be added in the future. When the Corrin amiibo is released it is unknown if compatibility will be possible.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby can inhale amiibo which are scanned, giving him copy abilities relating to the character. The Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Roy amiibo give Kirby the Sword ability, while Robin gives him the Spark ability.
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward
In Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, the player can scan a Lucina amiibo to summon a special customer to their boutique. This character will relate a tale similar to that of Lucina's time in her "Marth" disguise, and ask the player to design an outfit to match their skirt, which is based on a part of Lucina's outfit. If the player successfully designs an outfit to this character's liking, they will be rewarded with a copy of the Warrior Skirt to use in their own outfits.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia utilizes Smash Bros. amiibo to summon Illusory Heroes (if a Fire Emblem character) or generic ghostly versions of classes (if another character) to aid the player for a single turn. The Alm and Celica amiibo have three functions: to access two dungeons, Duma's Ordeals and Mila's Ordeals respectively, via Mila's Turnwheel; to have Alm and Celica's stats written to their respective amiibo; and, if scanned during battle, to summon spectral versions of their respective characters to battle for one turn, with that character using the stats previously written to that amiibo. This is a combat art used by Alm and Celica which costs 10 HP.
- When amiibo were first revealed at E3 2014, their trailer showed a title card (pictured above) illustrating their function with a variety of characters featured. Lucina was among them, which was the first hint that she would become playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
- The Ike and Roy amiibo are the only official figurines ever released as merchandise for any of the Tellius and Elibe games.
- Nintendo Direct - 14.01.2015, Nintendo UK & Ireland, Published: 2015-01-14, Retrieved: 2015-01-14
- VincentASM, Fire Emblem if Nintendo Direct 31st May: My Castle and Amiibos, Serenes Forest, Published: 2015-05-31, Retrieved: 2015-06-19
- Gameplay - Fire Emblem™ Fates for Nintendo 3DS
- amiibo official Japanese website
- amiibo official United States website
- amiibo official British website