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Isabelle Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

September 13th’s Nintendo Direct revealed that Isabelle from Animal Crossing will be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surprisingly, Isabelle isn’t an Echo Fighter of Villager; instead, she appears to be a semi-clone of the character. Isabelle retains Pocket as her neutral special and still uses a butterfly net as a grab, but the two fighters’ resemblances end there. Isabelle’s forward smash fires a party popper, her up smash erects a stop sign, and her down smash attacks with a bucket of water.

If you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to pick up an Isabelle amiibo. At the time of writing, they’re still inexpensive, but their price will no doubt increase following this announcement. From what we know so far, Isabelle may actually perform better than Villager – in the amiibo metagame, at least.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Updates: Week of August 20

Welcome! To help fill the gap to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release, we’re going to be starting a new series of posts here at the Amiibo Dojo: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Updates. As the name implies, every week, we’re going to look at confirmed parts of the game and how they might affect amiibo training. The series will only talk about elements that have been confirmed – so none of this is speculation. Without further ado, let’s kick off our first entry.

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Preparing the Community for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be big. Sure, there’ll be large tournaments, tons of YouTube content, and hype everywhere, but we’ll be busy exploring our own niche: amiibo training. Despite our constant efforts to host tournaments and release credible information, amiibo training remained an overlooked subset of Smash 4 for the game’s lifespan. We’re hoping to change that in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – and how YOU can help invigorate the community.

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Amiibo Nicknames: Lucas

Welcome to the first iteration of Amiibo Nicknames! This week’s character is Lucas, who appeared in Mother 3. Out of every fighter playable in Super Smash Bros., Lucas is perhaps the most obscure. Mother 3 was never released outside of Japan, and it appears Nintendo has no plans to release an official localization.

Most amiibo trainers haven’t played Mother 3 – as a result, they’ve given their Lucas amiibo nicknames that have nothing to do with his character or origins. It’s time to change that: I’m an avid EarthBound fan, and have played through each of its entries several times over. I’ve prepared a list of potential Lucas nicknames, pulled straight from Mother 3 – and each one includes context! Do note that there are spoilers inside.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 8/8 Nintendo Direct – Effects on Amiibo Training

Today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-centric Nintendo Direct was one of the greatest yet. Between a treasure trove of new information, beautifully animated reveal trailers, and a pinch of shenanigans, this presentation was significant. In addition to five new fighter announcements – Simon and King K. Rool, as well as Echo Fighters Chrom, Dark Samus, and Richter – the game’s developers made important announcements regarding upcoming game mods and rule customization.

I’m sure many of you are looking forward to trying out these new game modes for yourself. Given that I run an amiibo site, it’s probably not surprising that I’m wondering how these changes will affect amiibo training. It’s strange, really, and maybe a bit surreal: we’re going to have so much freedom in this new entry. Let’s break everything down – from the new fighters to the new mechanics.

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Reverse Feeding: New Amiibo Training Method

Note: Do not repost the full training method without direct permission from the Amiibo Dojo. It took a long time to develop it!

The way we’ve approached training amiibo has stayed the same for quite some time now. Even though our current methods are tried and true, I’m always testing new training methods behind-the-scenes. And now, I’ve cooked up a fresh concept after toying with it for several hours. It’s called Reverse Feeding, and it comes with a slew of never-before-seen benefits.

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