What IS amiibo training, anyway?

At the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo started selling plastic figures of the characters in the game. These figures, called “amiibo”, contain a small chip in the base of each one that can be scanned into Nintendo games to potentially unlock a reward. Scanning a Smash Bros Link into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example, unlocks Epona. Scanning Smash Bros Mario into Super Mario Odyssey unlocks a costume that looks like Mario’s appearance in the original Mario Bros. 

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The Smash Bros Doctor Mario amiibo

Unlike other games that used amiibo, Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (otherwise referred to as Smash 4) had a different spin on what amiibo should do. Instead of unlocking small pieces of content, Smash 4 decided that scanning in an amiibo of a character in Smash 4 should allow you to teach a computer-controlled version of that character to fight. Basically, if you bought a Mario amiibo, you could teach Mario to fight.

After a while, people found each other through the internet and figured out ways to send amiibo to each other so they could fight. What followed became the most interesting form of modern-day dogfights that we’ve ever seen: competitive amiibo training.

These days, amiibo competitions don’t happen in Smash 4 anymore. Now that its sequel, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has released, amiibo tournaments have moved to Ultimate as their modus operandi. The basic idea remains the same: train your amiibo, send a copy of it to a tournament, and compete!

Now that you have a simple understanding of the idea of amiibo competition, move on to I’m new to amiibo training! …Where do I begin? to advance your knowledge.