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Amiibo (stylized as amiibo) is a series of figurines designed to interact with the Wii U, and with use of a peripheral, the 3DS. The figures represent characters from different Nintendo franchises. The amiibo figurines can be placed on the Wii U gamepad, a Nintendo DS peripheral, or the touch screen of a new Nintendo 3DS which allows them to store and transmit data contained in the figures between a variety of games. The amiibo figures can also receive data from the gamepad. The amiibo figures were inspired by the Trophies of the Super Smash Bros. series. [1] The figurines are being sold at an MSRP of $12.99.[2]

Samus had her figure released on the same day as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zero Suit Samus's amiibo was first released in North America in September 2015.[3] Another Samus amiibo, based on her appearance in Metroid: Samus Returns, was released on the same day as that game, alongside a Metroid amiibo based on the baby with a squishy texture. A Ridley amiibo will be released alongside Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Samus amiibo

Prototype Samus amiibo on display at E3.

The amiibo figurines have been announced in conjunction with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and as such are based on the character models in that game. Using the amiibos, the player can use a unique fighter which can fight alongside the player in-game, and has a customisable move set. The character data can then be sent back to the amiibo and retain its enhancements. The game will feature a level system for the characters, with a maximum character level of 50. [4] The Samus amiibo figure can be used in Mario Kart 8, One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble +, amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, Yoshi's Woolly World and the Nintendo Switch version of Bayonetta 1 & 2 to unlock Metroid-relevant features.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force allows the usage of amiibo. Samus and Zero Suit Samus can be scanned in the Campaign and Blast Ball to unlock Paint Jobs based on the Varia Suit and Zero Suit for the Mechs that the Federation Marines use, as well as give extra AUX ammo. Mario characters' amiibo can also be used in either mode to unlock skins for the Mech suits relevant to that character.

Metroid: Samus Returns also features amiibo functionality. The two previously released Samus amiibo work; additionally, a new figure of Samus in her classic Metroid II: Return of Samus cover pose, and a Metroid amiibo with a squishy texture were released. All three Samus amiibo unlock Reserve Tanks that automatically replenishes Samus's Energy Meter, Missile Ammo and Aeion Gauge when depleted. The Super Smash Bros. and Samus Returns Samus amiibo also unlock galleries of concept art from both Samus Returns and Metroid II, while the Zero Suit Samus amiibo unlocks a Sound Test mode in the Gallery. The artwork and Sound Test can be accessed after the game is completed once. Finally, the Metroid amiibo unlocks a marker on the Map showing the location of the closest Metroid, and a Fusion Mode that unlocks after beating the game once. This is a higher difficulty mode that enables the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion to be worn.[5] A standard Hard Mode is included in the game. The Metroid amiibo can be used in Federation Force to unlock a new Paint Job, but the Samus Returns Samus amiibo works the same as the Smash series one.

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The previously released Samus amiibo will also be compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in addition to a new Ridley amiibo that will be released alongside the game on December 7, 2018.

Official dataEdit

Federation Force websiteEdit

"Need a little extra muscle? Tap the Samus or Zero-Suit Samus amiibo™ figures to get more auxiliary ammo to take on Federation Force missions."
"Want to stand out on the field? Tap compatible amiibo figures to get special paint jobs for your Mech in Blast Ball. In addition, the Samus and Zero Suit Samus amiibo figures let you get in-game weapon upgrades."

About amiibo (Federation Force manual)Edit

"You can unlock specialized paint jobs by selecting the amiibo option within the paint-job menu and then using a compatible amiibo."

Metroid: Samus Returns notificationEdit

"The amiibo option has been unlocked in the map menu."

"You have unlocked the ability to use amiibo. You can use Metroid-related amiibo to unlock special features. After your next save, you can also access this option from SAMUS FILES whenever you wish to use an amiibo."

Samus amiibo descriptionEdit

"Samus Aran, an intergalactic bounty hunter, has fought her way across a variety of planets in the Metroid series. Her unique combat skills combined with her athleticism and Arm Cannon have seen her through countless missions.

In-game amiibo functionality: Tap to unlock a Missile Reserve Tank that contains 50 missiles or 10 super missiles.

Tap again after completing the game at least once to access a gallery of art from this game."

Zero Suit Samus amiibo descriptionEdit

"Samus is far from helpless when her Power Suit is deactivated. With her Zero Suit, she doesn't have the firepower she's famed for but is in full possession of the agility and athleticism she gained through her childhood training with the Chozo.

In-game amiibo functionality: Tap to unlock an Energy Reserve Tank that contains 299 units of energy.

Tap again after completing the game at least once to access the Sound Test, which enables you to listen to BGM tracks from the game."

Samus Aran amiibo descriptionEdit

"This amiibo figure shows Samus Aran as she appears in the Metroid™: Samus Returns game and crouched in her classic pose from the Metroid II-Return of Samus™ game's box art.

In-game amiibo functionality: Tap to unlock an Aeion Energy Reserve Tank that contains 500 units of Aeion energy.

Tap again after completing the game at least once to access a gallery of art from the original Game Boy game Metroid II Return of Samus."

Metroid amiibo descriptionEdit

"These mysterious organisms have the power to absorb the energy of any life-form they come in contact with. This ability has put them at the center of many galactic conflicts.

In-game amiibo functionality: Tap to mark the closest Metroid’s location on the map.

Tap again after completing the game at least once to access Fusion mode, the game’s hardest difficulty mode. (Note that Fusion mode is different from Hard mode, which unlocks automatically as soon as you beat the game at least once.)"

Nintendo of Europe tweet about Ridley amiiboEdit

"Good news: Super #SmashBros Collection #amiibo figures for new fighters Inkling and Ridley are on their way! #NintendoE3" [6]


  • At least one figure erroneously gave Samus an Arm Cannon on both arms.[7] Similar aesthetic defects have been observed in amiibo figures of other characters.[8][9]