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Wave 3

Wave 3 was the first set of amiibo to hit after the holiday rush, and there's a huge variety to choose from here. Characters from Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby make their amiibo debut, along with a few others. Wave 3 really shows how diverse, colorful, and downright quirky Nintendo's roster truly is.

Compatibility: Varies, see below.

Release date: February 2015 (US)/ January 2015 (EU)

Bowser

Ever since those humble 8-bit days of yore, Bowser has been in a thorn in Mario and Peach's sides. Still, he's not above showing up for a friendly race or rumble every now and then. And no one really seems to mind when he shows up to crash everyone's party. Maybe he's the best frenemy you'll ever have.

Compatibility:

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Read/Write)
Mario Party 10 (Read/Write)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Read/Write)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (Read-Only)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Toon Link's a lot like his bigger, more realistic counterpart. They've got similar moves, items, weapons, even a similar fashion sense, but Toon Link is the far more expressive (and adorable) of the two. Look at those eyes! They practically take up his entire face.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (Read-Only)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Sheik

Since Sheik and Zelda are separate characters this go-round in Super Smash Bros., we're being treated to individual amiibo for each character. Which is awesome, because Sheik really is the ultimate fighter of the Zelda series, when it comes to bare-knuckled brawling.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (Read-Only)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Sonic

The hedgehog that launched a thousand fanfics has been a Smash Bros. favorite since Brawl, Sonic is getting his own amiibo to match. Nintendo producing a toy featuring Sega's biggest mascot - if you told me this was going to happen when I was eight, I would have called you a freakin' liar.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)

amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Mega Man

It's great that Nintendo's had a chance to get some use out of Mega Man since Capcom doesn't seem to know what the hell to do with him any more. Super Smash Bros. features the Blue Bomber in all his glory, and this amiibo is a great tribute to one of the most iconic characters of the 1980's.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mega Man Legacy Collection (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

King Dedede

What the heck is King Dedede supposed to be? A penguin? But he's holding a hammer. And what's with the boxing robe? Well, whatever he's supposed to be, don't believe that goofy grin, as he's Kirby's arch-nemesis, and has been causing trouble in Dreamland since the Game Boy days.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Ike

First seen in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Ike relies more on brute strength and direct attacks than the lithe Marth or all-arounder Robin. His amiibo also looks like he's caught up in a perpetual wind storm. At least his perfectly coiffed blue 'do remains intact.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M (Read-Only)
Fire Emblem Fates Birthright/Conquest (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Rosalina

Ever since her first appearance in Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina (and her adopted star-babies, the Luma) have skyrocketed in popularity. In fact, she's so popular that someone went and preordered hundreds of Rosalina amiibo, just so he can be the only one who has them. Or something like that. Either way, she's awesome, and a welcome addition to the Smash roster. She's also exclusive to Target stores in North America.

Compatibility:

Mario Party 10 (Read/Write)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Read/Write)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Kart 8 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Shulk

While Xenoblade may not have gotten a ton of love in North America (we were lucky to even get the game at all), Shulk is getting another chance (or three), with his appearance in Super Smash Bros, the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles on the New 3DS, and his own amiibo. He's really feeling it now! While originally exclusive to GameStop, Shulk can now be purchased at a variety of retailers.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)

Lucario

Lucario first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and returns again on the Wii U and 3DS entries, which of course means he's getting his very own amiibo. Unfortunately, the figurine can't evolve into Mega Lucario like his digital counterpart. Originally a Toys 'R Us exclusive in the US, it can now be bought anywhere.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)

Meta Knight

Meta Knight is one of Nintendo's raddest characters ever. He's got a sweet sword, the wings of a bat, horns, and a steel mask to cover a face so terrifying, it'll give you (k)nightmares. Plus, he's the captain of a giant airship that could do circles around Nick Fury's little flying fortress. All to battle a tiny pink puff ball. Meta Knight was exclusive to Best Buy stores in the US, but due to limited supply, getting a Japanese or European import is much easier.

Compatibility:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS (Read/Write)
amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (Read-Only)
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (Read-Only)
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (Read-Only)
Hyrule Warriors (Read-Only)
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Read-Only)
Mario Party 10 (Read-Only)
Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Super Mario Maker (Read-Only)
Word Puzzles by POWGI Wii U/3DS (Read-Only)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Read-Only)