Sometimes you want to bring your toys-to-life, and what better way to do it than with an Amiibo figurine? Some even come in other shapes, such as super-portable cards. Although is it not necessary to own an Amiibo to play any Nintendo games, these wireless devices can give gamers sweet bonuses, power-ups, unlock new adventures, and much more. They can be scanned up to once per day and used with numerous different Nintendo games. Some of the reward items can be completely random but others are “exclusive” to particular Amiibo. But, which figurines are most worth your time and money? Which provide the best rewards? Here’s our list of the best Amiibo has to offer.
All you need to use an Amiibo is a gaming system such as the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, or New Nintendo 3DS XL system. Once you have an Amiibo, you can typically connect it to your gaming platform by pressing it up against the controller. In the case of the Wii-U simply press the toy in the lower left-hand corner of the Gamepad Controller and it will connect wirelessly.
Link amiibo (Super Smash Bros Series)
Link has been and will always remain one of Nintendo’s most beloved characters, and rightly so. He’s a whirlwind of excitement in every game. This Amiibo works with Super Smash Bros as well as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and allows you to ride his horse Epona and acquire his classic green outfit from the Twilight Princess.
Donkey Kong amiibo (Super Smash Bros Series)
This banana obsessed ape is compatible with 10+ different Nintendo games. Donkey Kong is the iconic antagonist of the Super Mario franchise, with a legacy going all the way back to 1981 with Nintendo’s ground-breaking arcade platform game. Fun trivia: At the time, Mario didn’t have a name, but was simply referred to as “jumpman.” Which means Donkey Kong was named first! Later on the Super NES platform, Donkey Kong got his own spotlight as the protagonist of Donkey Kong Country.
Ganondorf amiibo – Japan Import (Super Smash Bros Series)
The Ganondorf Amiibo provides a number of cool bonuses. In Breath of the Wind players receive the exclusive ‘Sword of Six Sages’ as well as a plethora of rare gems and monster parts. Ganondorf can also drop the Golden Claymore, Knight’s Claymore, Soldier’s Claymore, Traveler’s Claymore, and Arrows.
Nintendo amiibo-Guardian: Breath of the Wild
Ah yes, the frightening Guardian. With fully adjustable legs, this character can grab other Amiibo, which makes playing with them that much more fun. For Breath of the Wind, this drops Guardian weapons, ancient screws, ancient gear,s and other magical loot. It’s like a super-spooky loot box with tentacle arms. Good luck with those nightmares.
The adorable Yoshi Amiibo – don’t play Mario Kart without it!
Zelda amiibo (Super Smash Bros Series)
With the Zelda Amiibo players can receive the Twilight Bow as well as the Soldier’s Bow, Traveler’s Bow, Royal Bow, Knight’s Bow. and a number of gems and ingredients. Zelda, the perpetually kidnapped princess, is the inevitable target of Link’s quest. Yes, just so you all get it straight, the guy in the green outfit with the sword is Link – often confused because, after all, he gets all the action while the title heroine spends all her time being tied up in a castle tower somewhere.
Villager amiibo (Super Smash Bros Series)
The Villager is a little-known commoner from a spin-off game in the Animal Crossing franchise. Starting with Happy Home Designer (2015), the player’s objective is to design a home for villagers and complete other quests at their bidding. The Villager has since made guest-star appearances in Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8.
Meta Knight amiibo – Europe/Australia Import (Super Smash Bros Series)
The Meta Knight comes from the Nintendo Kirby franchise. He’s Kirby’s sometime companion, although sometimes also a foe to be vanquished if he doesn’t get his way! Starting in Kirby’s Adventure on the Game Boy Advance, Meta Knight became a playable character all his own.