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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 was released alongside Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A leaked scan of a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guide hinted that Dark Samus would eventually get her own amiibo[4], which was revealed on June 11, 2019 and released on January 17, 2020.[5] Another Samus amiibo depicting her regenerating Power Suit, and one of an E.M.M.I., will be released on October 8, 2021 alongside Metroid Dread in Japan and North America, and on November 5th in Europe and the United Kingdom.[6]


Metroid series[]

amiibo × Metroid, from Metroid Hub

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.[7] 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.

Metroid Dread features amiibo functionality as well. Two new amiibo of Samus in her new suit and an E.M.M.I. robot were released.[8] Scanning the Samus amiibo grants an extra Energy Tank, and it can be tapped again once a day to partially restore Samus's energy in-game. Scanning the E.M.M.I. amiibo grants a Missile Tank that increases Samus's gauge by 10. It can be tapped again once per day to partially replenish her Missile Ammo. Use of the Smash Bros. Samus, Ridley and Dark Samus amiibo restores energy and ammo once per day as well.[9]

Other games[]

Prototype Samus amiibo on display at E3.

The amiibo figurines were announced in conjunction with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and as such are based on the character models in that game. Using the amiibos, the player can use a unique computer-controlled Figure Player (abbreviated as FP), which can fight alongside the players and CPUs in-game, and has a customisable move set and costume. The character data can then be sent back to the amiibo and retain its enhancements. The game features a level system for the Figure Players, with a maximum character level of 50.[10] The 3DS version was initially unable compatible with amiibo at launch, but was later updated with compatibility in the Version 1.0.5 patch.

The Samus amiibo figure can be used in Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, 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 versions of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 to unlock Metroid-relevant features. Likewise, the Zero Suit Samus amiibo figure can be used in Mario Kart 8, amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, and Miitopia to unlock Metroid-relevant features. Either the Samus or Zero Suit Samus amiibo can also be used in Hyrule Warriors and (in the case of the Samus amiibo) the 3DS port Hyrule Warriors Legends, as well as Captain Toad: Treasure Trackers and Mario Party 10, although it only supplies bonuses such as random loot or a 1-UP instead of providing any Metroid-related features.

The Samus and Zero Suit Samus amiibos can be used in Yoshi's Wooly World to create Yoshis that have the colors of Samus and Zero Suit Samus, respectively. Similarly, using the aforementioned amiibos will also supply Mario with Costume powerups that will turn him into Samus and Zero Suit Samus, respectively. When playing as them, they will use music and sound from the FDS version of Metroid and Zero Mission respectively.

In Mario Kart 8 as well as its expanded port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, using either the Samus or Zero Suit Samus amiibo will result in the player being supplied with a Samus suit for the Mii racers, which was modeled after Samus's power suit.

Ridley amiibo announcement.

Scanning either the Samus or Zero Suit Samus amiibo in the third-party game One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X will unlock a Samus costume for the Straw Hat pirates. Similarly, scanning Samus's amiibo will result in the F-YF-23A "Samus" plane (a fighter plane sporting colors modeled after Samus Aran) being unlocked in Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble +.

In amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, using the Samus or Zero Suit Samus amiibo will unlock a trial run of either Metroid or Super Metroid.

In Bayonetta 1 & 2 for the Switch, using the Samus Aran, Zero Suit Samus, or the Samus Returns version of Samus amiibo will result in the "Galactic Bounty Hunter" suit being made available for the titular character.

Dark Samus's amiibo with Richter's.

Using the Zero Suit Samus amiibo for Miitopia unlocks the Zero Suit Samus armor. Using the Samus Aran or the Samus Returns version of the Samus Amiibo will unlock Samus' Varia Suit to wear, based off of her Other M look. This suit has an option to toggle the wearer's visor.

All previously-released Samus amiibo are compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in addition to a new Ridley amiibo that was released alongside the game on December 7, 2018. A Dark Samus amiibo was later released on January 17, 2020.[11] Much like 3DS/Wii U, using these five amiibo (including the Samus Returns Samus amiibo) will generate the corresponding Figure Players. Additionally, the Samus Returns Metroid amiibo can be used to immediately unlock the Metroid Support Spirit. A leaked scan of the Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guide implied that Dark Samus will eventually get an amiibo in the line as well,[12] which was eventually confirmed on the Nintendo Direct livestream on January 16, 2020, revealing they'd be released the next day.

Official data[]

The Super Smash Bros. Samus, Dark Samus and Ridley amiibo, which are all compatible with Dread.

Federation Force website[]

"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)[]

"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 notification[]

"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 description[]

"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 description[]

"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."

Nintendo of America tweet about Samus Returns amiibo[]

"New #amiibo approaching! Samus Aran and the Metroid amiibo will be compatible with #Metroid: Samus Returns."[13]

Samus Aran amiibo description[]

"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 description[]

"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 amiibo[]

"Good news: Super #SmashBros Collection #amiibo figures for new fighters Inkling and Ridley are on their way! #NintendoE3" [14]


  • At least one figure erroneously gave Samus an Arm Cannon on both arms.[15] Similar aesthetic defects have been observed in amiibo figures of other characters.[16][17]
  • The American and European versions of the Metroid Dread - Overview Trailer had coverage of the amiibo features for Metroid Dread at the tail end of the trailer. The Japanese version omitted it with it instead being relegated to a separate video.


Samus (Super Smash Bros.)[]

Zero Suit Samus (Super Smash Bros.)[]

Samus Aran and Metroid (Samus Returns)[]

Ridley (Super Smash Bros.)[]

Dark Samus (Super Smash Bros.)[]

Samus Aran and E.M.M.I. (Dread)[]



  1. ^ E3 2014: Nintendo's Amiibo Toy Project Revealed. Retrieved on 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ Here’s our first look at Nintendo Amiibo packaging, pricing info and some new character figurines. Retrieved on 13 June 2014.
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  5. ^ Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Nintendo). "「大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ」シリーズのamiibo「ダークサムス」「リヒター」は本日発売です。" Rough translation: "Amiibo 'Dark Samus' and 'Richter' of "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" series are released today." 16 Jan 2020 10:08 p.m. Tweet.
  6. ^ Nintendo of Europe (NintendoEurope). "Due to unforeseen shipping delays, the Metroid Dread amiibo 2-pack is now scheduled to launch across the UK and Europe on November 5th. Metroid Dread will still launch for Nintendo Switch on October 8th as originally scheduled. We apologise for the delay." 22 September 2021 6:00 a.m. Tweet.
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  8. ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). "Have an early look at the #MetroidDread Samus and E.M.M.I. #amiibo figures, releasing alongside the game on 10/8!" 15 June 2021 12:20 p.m. Tweet.
  9. ^ Nintendo UK (NintendoUK). "Prepare for Metroid Dread with Metroid amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. collection. Using Samus once a day will replenish life energy, while Dark Samus and Ridley will replenish your missile ammo! Available now on My Nintendo Store! ¶ 🛒" 4 October 2021 12:03 p.m. Tweet.
  10. ^ Nintendo of America Twitter. Retrieved on 11 June 2014.
  11. ^ Nintendo of Europe (NintendoEurope). "Super #SmashBros Collection #amiibo of the five newly announced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters – Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont, King K. Rool, Chrom and Dark Samus – will be released in the future!" 8 Aug 2018 11:38 a.m. Tweet.
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  13. ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). "New #amiibo approaching! Samus Aran and the Metroid amiibo will be compatible with #Metroid: Samus Returns." Jun 13, 2017 1:46 p.m. Tweet.
  14. ^ Nintendo of Europe (NintendoEurope). 12 Jun 2018 2:29p.m. Tweet.
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  18. ^ Nintendo UK (NintendoUK). "A new Samus amiibo figure featuring her suit from Metroid Dread and an E.M.M.I. amiibo figure will launch alongside the game in a double pack on 8th October! Pre-order now on My Nintendo Store. ¶ 🛒:" 30 July 2021 6:33 a.m. Tweet.