We’re all familiar with training amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Having appeared in two consecutive titles (three if you count Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS), amiibo training might even be considered a series mainstay from this point on. But if amiibo training had been present in earlier titles? Today we’re going to take a look at AI in Super Smash Bros. Melee and try to figure out how amiibo may have behaved.
After years of clamoring, Donkey Kong’s arch-nemesis, King K. Rool, has finally joined the Super Smash Bros. series! As many veteran trainers know, the Super Smash Bros. 4 amiibo metagame was dominated by heavyweight fighters — namely Bowser and Ganondorf. We know for a fact that King K. Rool would have been successful in the previous title, but what about in Ultimate, where movement options and mobility are faster than ever before? Fortunately for K. Rool, he can hold his own, and with proper training, can become a force to be reckoned with.
Piranha Plant was undoubtedly the most surprising newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nobody expected to see a common Super Mario enemy have such a creative and unique moveset, let alone be playable at all. Although Piranha Plant is considered low-tier in competitive Smash, the amiibo game is a different story. Despite its shortcomings, Piranha Plant can contend with the best.
The Ice Climbers made their Smash debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The unique duo (consisting of Popo and Nana) were to work together to overwhelm opponents with well-timed combo attacks. Since then, they’ve become a series staple, and return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the first time ever, trainers have the opportunity to raise an Ice Climbers amiibo! Doing so is no easy task, however; teaching the character to fully utilize its pink-clad partner is a tall order.
In Super Smash Bros. 4, Kirby’s amiibo was rather average. Although Kirby possessed a powerful moveset with high utility, he was held back by short range and several AI flaws. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, amiibo AI was completely revamped. Fortunately for Kirby, this AI update corrected the flaws he suffered from in the previous title. He still isn’t perfect, but he’s been given a fresh coat of paint that makes him well worth training.