Amiibo Dojo News: 6/15/16

Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I used to call them Amiibo Dojo Updates, but I decided to rename them to Amiibo Dojo News. I consider that to be a more apt title. I’ve got plenty of topics to go over, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

Note: There is a section in this post that lists all of the upcoming tournaments. If you’re interested, be sure to read it towards the bottom of the page.

 

A New Philosophy

2015 was a great year for the Amiibo Dojo. I was able to form a “bond” of sorts with the reddit amiibo community and become its resident amiibo trainer. I posted guide after guide to make people happy…the problem is, though, my training philosophy was entirely different back then. Before I practiced defense, I was just like any other “newbie” trainer – I wanted my amiibo to be aggressive, use aerials, and “disrespect”. The guides I wrote back then reflect this, and some of them haven’t been updated to match my new philosophy of “defense comes first”.

Countless changes in guide format have also come back to bite me. It’s resulted in a majority of my guides being outdated, either in information, format, or both.

Back then, I rushed and released guides to make people happy, and it worked. But now, I’m the opposite. I work at my own pace, and only release guides that I truly believe to be great. I think I did a good job on the training guides that were updated during Kirby Week – especially King Dedede’s. His guide is just about perfect (which is saying something, because I am very critical of my own work) – there’s just a paragraph or two I’d like to rewrite.

Each guide update takes several hours. And the only guides that are truly “fine” are the Kirby Week ones and Mario. And Wii Fit Trainer. Maybe a few others, too, but my point is that there’s a ton of work to be done, and I can’t do it myself.

That’s why I’m going to be implementing a new system called the Guide Database. Let me give you an example of how it’ll work. Right now, the Luigi guide I have isn’t up-to-date. But let’s say you spend a week or so training Luigi, and you notice something: an advantage or disadvantage he possesses in battle, a quirk in his AI, how he acts. You can use the Guide Database to write a short paragraph or list explaining your experience with training Luigi. Then, when the time comes for me to update the Luigi guide, I’ll train my Luigi amiibo and then look at the Guide Database to see if anyone has entered any information. I will then use that info, as well as my own experiences, to craft the new guide. Interested? You can click here to access the Guide Database.

New Benefits & Changes for Forum Members

As it stands, Amiibo Dojo is by far the most “connected” amiibo training resource. It’s the only amiibo training site that truly interacts with its viewers. I credit this largely to the presence of the Amiibo Dojo Forums. We have a lot of dedicated amiibo trainers there, who talk about training strategies and give each other advice.

In an attempt to breathe more life into the community, I’m going to be offering more rewards to people who do join. If you don’t know, registration is completely free – there’s currently nothing that costs money at the Amiibo Dojo – there isn’t even premium membership or paid guides. Everything is free.

The forum shop – the Golden Outlet – will be updated with new rewards and prices. You see, this shop doesn’t use real cash, no – it uses a virtual currency you can earn by hosting. The currency is called Gold, in reference to the same coins used by Super Smash Bros. So, the prices of rewards will be increased, but there will be more ways to earn Gold. Quizzes, helping out with the site, and such.

I’ll also be redoing the forum theme and making the whole experience even better. I think the best thing about this site is community interaction, and I really want to expand on that concept.

A Possible Return of Donations

Lately, a lot of people have emailed me asking when or if I will stream tournaments on YouTube or Twitch. The only way I can do this is with streaming equipment, which costs almost $200 – money I don’t have. I had opened up donations a while ago, but ended up closing them due to technical difficulties and [understandable] lack of interest.

Without donations, I will never be able to stream. I have a lot of stuff that I’m going to need to pay for in the near future – most notable car insurance, and I can’t be spending $200 of my own money on a device that allows me to beam videos of toys fighting to the internet. I’ve already spent money getting all of the amiibo, and I do pay for the site’s yearly upkeep, so I can’t afford to pay anything else.

Here’s a quick poll you can vote on. I’ll let the viewers decide whether I bring back donations (if so, I’ll be able to stream if I get enough donations) or not.

New Training Guides

I’ve been kind of burnt out on guide writing since Kirby Week. It took me over a month to fully prepare all of the guides, and you can probably relate with me being tired of putting them together. But you know what they say, “no rest for the weary”, so I have some new guides in the works. They will release whenever I feel like they’re ready. I’m not much a fan of deadlines, you see, and I like to work at my own pace nowadays rather than restrict myself.

The guides I have in store for you are updated Robin, Roy, and Mewtwo guides. They were picked by viewers, and are being created for viewers. I’ll make sure to pour a ton of effort into them so that you get the best results on your amiibo.

Tournaments

There are several tournaments coming up, all hosted by me. Weekly Amiibo Skirmish was formerly hosted by a member named Bysshe, but he understandably got burnt out after a few months of the same old thing. So I’ll be taking over for the rest of June. The next Weekly Amiibo Skirmish, which will be hosted by me, will take place on Monday, June 20th. There will be another one the next week -either on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. I don’t know my work schedule yet, so when I find out which days I’m free, I’ll schedule the tournament accordingly. Then on July 1st, Clash of Champions II will go down.

So, here are the deadlines. For the next tournament, Weekly Amiibo Skirmish 7, you have until 11:59PM EST on Sunday, June 19th.  For Clash of Champions II, your deadline is June 30th at 11:59PM. There will be another Weekly Amiibo Skirmish in between those two, but again, I don’t know my work schedule yet, so I’ll decide the deadline once I do (I’ll make a new post on the Dojo).

All of these tournaments will have the same rules. Omega stages only, best 2 of 3 matches, 1 amiibo per person, all bonuses and combinations allowed, and no Little Mac. Send your amiibo’s .BIN files to amiibocloud@gmail.com.

“What’s an amiibo’s .BIN file”, you ask? Well, within the base of each amiibo, there’s a tiny chip to which data is read and saved. That chip contains a single .BIN file, which in turn contains all of your amiibo’s data – the moves it uses most often, its stats, nickname, bonuses, playstyle, and the like. Amiibo Powersaves and a certain app on Android phones are capable of retrieving this file.

In the case of Amiibo Powersaves, which you can get for around $20 on Amazon and at GameStop, all you have to do is select the “Backup” option, go to C://Users/(Your username here)/Powersaves for AMIIBO, find the .BIN file, and send it in an email to amiibocloud@gmail.com. It’s simple as that! Plus, with Powersaves, you can also instantly zap equipment to your amiibo, making the feeding process a million times easier.

As far as NFC-compatible Android phones go, well, I don’t have one and have never used one, so I can’t really help you there personally. However, Amiibo Dan has a tutorial video that should work for you, which you can check out by clicking here.

So yup, that’s about all I have to talk about! As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon with guide updates and tournaments!

 

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