amiibo are a series of collectible figurines based on characters from Nintendo franchises, which also tout functionality with various video games. Scanning in various figures will unlock bonuses in these games, which range from purely cosmetic changes to new content in the form of in-game items, characters and locations.
The first amiibo figurines that went out for sale were the ones related to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Among them were figurines of Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight, as all three were fighters in that game. Later, concurrent with the release of Kirby: Planet Robobot, came a set of official Kirby series amiibo, including Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, and Waddle Dee.
Several non-Kirby games unlock content based on the series when a Kirby-related amiibo is scanned. Additionally, an application released for the Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits allows players to unlock demos of NES and SNES games, including Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3.
Nintendo consoles and handhelds compatible with amiibo
Kirby games compatible with amiibo
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is the first Kirby series game compatible with the Kirby series amiibo (including their Super Smash Bros. series amiibo counterparts), which can be scanned in to give Kirby a bonus during the playthrough of a level. The bonus obtained depends on the figure used, and can only be used once a day. The Kirby amiibo allows for unlimited Star Dashes, the King Dedede amiibo provides two extra hit points and the Meta Knight amiibo allows for fast dashing through weaker enemies.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby: Planet Robobot is the second game compatible with amiibo. Here, the figures give Kirby a Copy Ability based on what type it is, as well as some Food (and a sticker if the amiibo is a Kirby series one).
If playing Meta Knightmare Returns, Meta Knight only gains food.
Unlike in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, amiibo outside the Kirby series are also compatible.
Below is the list of Copy Abilities that can be obtained from an amiibo. Unless otherwise specified, the Copy Ability in question applies to all of the variant amiibo of the character (e.g. Super Smash Bros.-line and Super Mario-line).
|Kirby (Kirby)||UFO||This is one of only two ways to obtain this Copy Ability in Planet Robobot.|
|King Dedede (Kirby)||Hammer (custom)||Kirby changes color to match Dedede, and gains his hat.|
|Meta Knight (Kirby)||Sword (custom)||Kirby changes to dark blue in color, wields the Galaxia and obtains smaller versions of Meta Knight's mask and wings placed on top of his head.|
|Waddle Dee (Kirby)||Parasol (custom)||Kirby changes color to match a Waddle Dee, and wields a spotted blue parasol instead of the usual one, also gaining a bandana similar to Bandana Waddle Dee's.|
|Kirby (Smash Bros.)||Smash Bros.||As with UFO, this is one of only two ways to obtain this Copy Ability in Planet Robobot. Some moves have been changed from its previous appearances to reflect Kirby's moveset from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U onward.|
|King Dedede (Smash Bros.)||Hammer||Kirby also changes color, becoming yellow.|
|Meta Knight (Smash Bros.)||Sword||Kirby also changes color, becoming green.|
|Animal Crossing series figures and cards||Leaf||Reflects the motif of leaves in the Animal Crossing series.|
|Bowser||Stone||Reflects the Bowser Bomb, which involves Bowser slamming down on the ground, like Stone's main attack. The Stone hat also has horns that resemble Bowser's.|
|Bowser Jr.||Bomb||Reflects Bowser Jr.'s many explosives.|
|Captain Falcon||Wheel||Reflects Captain Falcon's status as an F-Zero racer.|
|Charizard||Fire||Reflects Charizard being a Fire-type Pokémon.|
|Dark Pit||Archer||Reflects Dark Pit using a bow in combat.|
|Diddy Kong||Bomb||Reflects Diddy Kong's explosive Rocketbarrel Pack and popgun.|
|Donkey Kong||Fighter||Reflects Donkey Kong being a melee brawler.|
|Dr. Mario||Doctor||A full circle reference, since Doctor Kirby was originally based off of Dr. Mario.|
|Duck Hunt||Archer||Reflects the Duck Hunt game's focus on sharpshooting.|
|Falco||Jet||Reflects the Arwing, Team Star Fox's signature spaceship.|
|Fox||Jet||Reflects the Arwing.|
|Ganondorf||Poison||Poison resembles the dark purple energy used in many of Ganondorf attacks, such as Warlock Punch and Wizard's Foot.|
|Greninja||Ninja||Reflects Greninja being a ninja.|
|Ike||Sword||Reflects Ike being a swordfighter.|
|Inkling||Poison||Poison is the closest facsimile to ink available.|
|Jigglypuff||Mike||Reflects Jigglypuff's Sing attack.|
|Link||Sword||A full circle reference, since Sword Kirby was originally based off of Link. This also applies to Young Link's amiibo.|
|Little Mac||Fighter||Reflects Little Mac being a boxer.|
|Lucario||Fighter||Reflects Lucario being a Fighting-type Pokémon. It also possibly references Aura Sphere, which acts like Fighter Kirby's Force Blast.|
|Lucas||ESP||Reflects Lucas' PK abilities.|
|Lucina||Sword||Reflects Lucina being a swordfighter.|
|Luigi||Fire||Reflects Luigi's fireball attacks.|
|Mario||Fire||Reflects Mario's fireball attacks.|
|Marth||Sword||Reflects Marth being a swordfighter.|
|Mewtwo||ESP||Reflects Mewtwo being a Psychic-type Pokémon.|
|Mii Fighters||Fighter/Spark/Sword||References the three Mii Fighters: Brawler, Gunner, and Swordfighter. Which one Kirby gets is determined at random.|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Circus||References the Game & Watch game Ball, which focuses on juggling.|
|Ness||ESP||A full circle reference, since ESP Kirby was originally based off of Ness.|
|Olimar||Leaf||Reflects the Pikmin's plant-like qualities.|
|Palutena||Mirror||References Palutena's Reflect Barrier and mirror shield, as well as the Japanese name for Kid Icarus, "Palutena's Mirror".|
|Peach||Parasol||Reflects Peach's own parasol.|
|Pikachu||Spark||Reflects Pikachu being an Electric-type Pokémon.|
|Pit||Archer||Reflects Pit using a bow in combat.|
|R.O.B.||Beam||Due to the Laser ability not being in this game, Beam was chosen as the closest facsimile.|
|Robin||Spark||Reflects Robin primarily using lightning to attack.|
|Rosalina||Ice||Reflects Rosalina's connection to comets, and possibly her course in Mario Kart 7, Rosalina's Ice World.|
|Roy||Sword||Reflects Roy being a swordfighter.|
|Samus||Bomb||Reflects Samus' numerous exploding implements.|
|Sheik||Ninja||Reflects Sheik being a very ninja-like fighter.|
|Shulk||ESP||Reflects Shulk's Vision technique.|
|Toon Link||Cutter||References Toon Link's boomerang.|
|Villager||Leaf||Reflects the motif of leaves in the Animal Crossing series.|
|Wario||Wheel||Reflects the Wario Bike.|
|Wii Fit Trainer||Doctor||Reflects the Wii Fit Trainer's focus on health and fitness.|
|Yoshi||Whip||Reflects Yoshi's tongue, which acts much like Kirby's whip.|
|Zelda||Mirror||References Nayru's Love, which can reflect projectiles.|
|Zero Suit Samus||Whip||Reflects Zero Suit Samus' Plasma Whip.|
|(Any other amiibo)||Random||amiibo not listed above when scanned in will give Kirby a random Copy Ability.|
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe/Super Kirby Clash
In Team Kirby Clash Deluxe and Super Kirby Clash, scanning an amiibo will give the leader of Team Kirby various goodies, including Gem Apples and Fragments, with a rare chance of possibly receiving a Rare Fragment per scan. This can be done by visiting the Kirby statue to the left of Magolor's Shoppe in the village. Five different amiibo can only be scanned every 24 hours.
Kirby's Blowout Blast
In Kirby's Blowout Blast, there is a special collection room where Kirby can obtain large statues of himself and his friends/rivals when the player scans a Kirby series amiibo (including their Super Smash Bros. series amiibo counterparts). This will also add more musical options to the hub, appropriate to the character scanned in. These additions are as follows based on the character scanned:
- Kirby - Adds a statue of Kirby and allows a new remix of The Adventure Begins from Kirby's Return to Dream Land to play.
- King Dedede - Adds a statue of King Dedede and allows a remix of King Dedede's Theme to play, similar to the version from the title screen of Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe.
- Meta Knight - Adds two statues of Meta Knight and allows a new remix of Boarding The Halberd to play.
- Waddle Dee - Adds four statues of Waddle Dee and allows a remix of Floral Fields to play, similar to the version from Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe.
Kirby Battle Royale
In Kirby Battle Royale, amiibo can be scanned in to unlock various Headgear for certain Copy Abilities or characters. The Headgear are purely cosmetic, and not required for 100% completion of the game:
- Kirby's amiibo unlocks the Ultra Sword Hat for Sword Kirby.
- King Dedede's amiibo unlocks the Masked Dedede Mask for King Dedede.
- Meta Knight's amiibo unlocks the Galacta Knight Mask for Meta Knight.
- Waddle Dee's amiibo unlocks the Café Cap for Waddle Dee.
- Qbby's amiibo unlocks the Qbby Cap for Bomb Kirby.
(Super Smash Bros. series amiibo counterparts of Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight are also compatible.)
Kirby Star Allies
While inside a stage, an amiibo can be scanned in to give Kirby some items. Scanning in a Kirby series amiibo (or the Qbby amiibo) will give Kirby two Picture Pieces, a pre-determined food item, and two Point Stars. Scanning in any other amiibo will give Kirby one Picture Piece, a cherry, and two Point Stars. This can be done at any point in the stage, even during Boss fights.
In The Ultimate Choice, amiibo can be used up to 7 times in a row during a run, but this marks the results as using amiibo.
|amiibo Item list in Kirby Star Allies|
Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Scanning in a Kirby series amiibo (including their Super Smash Bros. series amiibo counterparts) will give Kirby a special hat to wear. These hats are based on the characters scanned, and function like the Ravel Abilities added into the game.
Kirby amiibo hat. Acts like the Knitting Needles hat
King Dedede amiibo hat. Acts like the Button hat
Meta Knight amiibo hat. Acts like the Wire hat
Waddle Dee amiibo hat. Acts like the Knitting Needles hat
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby and the Forgotten Land's amiibo functionality is very similar to Kirby Star Allies. Scanning in a Kirby series amiibo (or a Qbby amiibo) while playing in the main mode will grant Kirby with a number of items, including a Stock Item and Star Coins. Scanning in any other amiibo figurine will also grant items, but not as many. The player can't use more than five amiibo in a row, and the count will reset after clearing a stage. The Colosseum also marks amiibo usage if the cup is completed successfully.
|amiibo Item list in Kirby and the Forgotten Land|