Part of the fun of Super Smash Bros on the Wii U is grabbing an Amiibo or two and seeing how they react in a match. Ideally, someone is supposed to train against their NFC figures, then use them in battles against other people. You know, have an AI ally to help you in your matches or a rival who you know can stand against you.
They work well this way. I’ve spent some time training my Marth, Link, Kirby, and Pikachu Amiibos. It’s been entertaining, building their levels, watching as they come back with presents from fights for me, and developing into adequate, then even advanced fighters.
However, I’ve noticed another great part of the Amiibo experience, now that my Villager and Wii Fit Trainer figures have come in. As you can probably tell from all the articles appearing on Technology Tell’s Gaming Channel as of late, it’s been a busy gaming season. I was tasked with the job of covering Dragon Age: Inquisition and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, which left little time for my for-fun Super Smash Bros sessions. When I did get free time, the last thing I wanted to do was play more games. I wanted to sit back and enjoy.
So, I started pitting my Amiibos against each other. Not only has it been effective, allowing them to train one another, but it’s also been quite entertaining. The figures are all in the level 20-40 range now, so every match-up is pretty intense. They really go at each other.
It’s even educational. I’m seeing combo decisions and attack strategies that I would consider using on my own, should I pick those characters in a match. My main is Robin, who doesn’t have an Amiibo yet, but I often use the Wii Fit Trainer and Villager to change things up and both of their figures have shown techniques that I’m going to try using in my own matches.
I was skeptical of Amiibos initially. I’m still unsure of their success outside of Super Smash Bros. However, within this game, they’re incredibly useful and I’m at the point where I’d suggest Wii U owners buy at least two to use within their own games. If not as sparring buddies and virtual partners, but to have fight each other for your own amusement.