It used to be that the toy-to-life craze dominated the gaming industry, with many developers trying to come up with the novelty. Years later, Nintendo’s only amiibo figures are still in production, slowly being added as a collectible instead of an extra feature in some games.
Nintendo and other developers have gone to great lengths to incorporate amiibo into certain games – in the worst cases, entire modes have been blocked by the purchase of an action figure. However, at their best, amiibo have made a game better, giving a welcome boost to the replay value of their experiences to make great games even better.
ten Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Nintendo’s longest-running Mario Kart game is a juggernaut in both sales and enjoyment. Among the many reasons to buy this game as a Nintendo Switch owner is the amiibo support. You can play as your own Mii in the game, but scanning certain amiibo will unlock new costumes for them.
Captain Falcon, Kirby, Sonic, Pac-Man and more all get their own outfits when you scan their respective figures. Some outfits have your Miis cosplayed as these characters, further expanding the game’s already extensive roster. If more racers were added with the Booster Pass, the game would have quite an impressive legacy.
9 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earned its success by being a radical departure for the franchise. However, those who wanted a more aesthetically traditional experience could scan various Zelda amiibo to get the job done. Depending on the version of Link you scanned, you will be rewarded with an outfit from the respective game. The Ocarina of Time amiibo would give you that game’s outfit, the Wind Waker amiibo would give you the Toon Link outfit, and so on. All this without mentioning the Wolf Link amiibo which can bring the canine version of Link from Twilight Princess on your journey. .
8 Creator of Super Mario
Super Mario Maker was a phenomenon when it launched on the Wii U. While the sequel on Nintendo Switch has several additional features, one thing that was notoriously left out was amiibo costumes. In the original game, you could scan just about any amiibo on the market at the time and get an 8-bit version of that character as a costume for Mario. Greninja, Sonic, Charizard, Link and many more were all represented as costumes in the game. This also forced the developers to create 8-bit sprites for characters who had never had one before.
seven Shovel Knight: Treasure
Shovel Knight was a smash hit on Nintendo’s consoles, making it one of the best-known Kickstarter projects. Years after its release, Shovel Knight had an amiibo that unlocked a co-op mode, a customizable player character, and more.
This wasn’t the end of amiibo support for Shovel Knight, as a three-pack containing the protagonists from each of the other campaigns received their own figures which all had notable in-game features. They added new costumes for the characters as well as additional minor improvements to your adventure.
6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
When it comes to customizing your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, one thing people love to tinker with is villagers. Fans prefer their own villagers, which means any way to manipulate who visits your island is welcome. New Horizons is compatible with Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which allow you to call any villager as a guest as long as they have a card. It’s an inexpensive way to bolster your Animal Crossing collection while having greater customization for your island.
The release of Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch was a monumental change for Big N’s third-party support. However, it didn’t stop there. Players of the Switch version of Skyrim who owned a The Legend of Zelda amiibo could scan it and gain access to Link’s outfit from Breath of the Wild, including the Hylian Shield and Master Sword. It gives you an official way to cosplay as the heroes of Hyrule in one of the most iconic open-world RPGs ever made.
4 Splaton 2
Splatoon 2 is a game about tweaking your character to make sure they look and play the way you want them to. While there are more than enough customization options built into the game, you can go even further by scanning the Splatoon amiibo.
Figures tied to both Splatoon games will give you unique cosmetics that cannot be earned otherwise. This includes a futuristic robot costume, a samurai costume, and more. If you want to stand out from the Inkling crowd, then Splatoon amiibo are worth it. They will also be supported in Splatoon 3, which means they’ll still work on current games and hardware.
3 Code name STEAM
It’s a shame that people forgot the codename STEAM so quickly. This tactical RPG had you control a group of iconic literary characters in a steampunk setting to defeat aliens and save the world. It was a unique setup couple with fun gameplay. However, perhaps the coolest feature was the game’s amiibo support. If you had any of the previously released Fire Emblem amiibo (Marth, Ike, Robin, or Lucina), you can scan them in-game and recruit those characters for your team. As a tactics game, Codename STEAM was a welcoming home for these iconic heroes.
2 Yoshi’s woolly world
Although it’s been years since Yoshi’s Woolly World came out (and its follow-up, Yoshi’s Crafted World, was dropped on the Nintendo Switch), some would still say it’s one of Yoshi’s best adventures. Unlike its successor, Yoshi’s Woolly World featured amiibo support which gave many people’s collections a reason to be used. Throughout the game, if you have collected enough special yarn, you will be rewarded with a new pattern. Another way to get new designs is to scan an amiibo. The model depended on the amiibo you scanned, allowing you to get Mario, Shulk, Donkey Kong, and other character-specific models.
1 Super Smash Bros Ultimate
The first game for amiibo remains one of the best uses of them. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, 3DS, and Ultimate, you can take an amiibo, scan it in-game, and create an AI fighter that learns from the attacks you throw at it. Fighter data is stored on the figure itself, meaning you can train one, bring it to your friends, and immediately have a partner ready to go. The best part is that a figure from the Super Smash Bros. is not required for this feature. As long as the amiibo is of a character depicted in-game, it can be from any line of amiibo you own.
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