Compared to competitive Super Smash Bros. tourneys, where big-name events pop up frequently, amiibo tournaments are rather obscure. Most players are genuinely unaware of their existence in the first place. But they’re a fun endeavor nonetheless: watching your amiibo win matches live on-stream makes all of that training worth it in the end.
How are online amiibo tournaments hosted?
Tournament operators use two specialized trinkets to run amiibo tournaments: Datel Amiibo Powersaves and a Power Tag. These handy devices are sold in a bundle for around $30 USD and can be purchased from GameStop or Amazon. Amiibo Powersaves allows users to freely edit and change an amiibo’s stats, bonus effects, and custom moves without having to farm for equipment pieces. This makes the training process much easier and less reliant on time-consuming farming. Amiibo Powersaves is also capable of saving and restoring backups – this creates a .bin file of the amiibo itself, which is then stored on the user’s computer. That’s where the aforementioned Power Tag comes into play: a Power Tag is essentially a “blank” amiibo. Using Amiibo Powersaves, the Power Tag is loaded with an amiibo’s .bin file, which can then be scanned into Super Smash Bros. as if it were a genuine figurine. Players email their amiibo’s .bin file to a tournament operator, who then loads it into a Power Tag.
How do I create .bin files of my amiibo?
To create a .bin file of your amiibo, you will need an NFC-compatible smartphone or an Amiibo Powersaves of your own. Here are the processes to follow:
If you have an Android device, confirm that it is NFC-compatible. If it is, download this app. It’s the Amiiqo app, and it will allow you to create .bin files of your amiibo and save them into storage. Follow the instructions within the application and you’ll soon have a virtual copy of your amiibo ready to submit.
If you have an Amiibo Powersaves, you will need access to a computer. Download the Amiibo Powersaves application here and then follow the instructions to create a backup of your amiibo. Please note, if your purchased Amiibo Powersaves did not come with a Power Tag, you can still enter tournaments – you just can’t use anybody else’s amiibo files.
How do I email my amiibo to a tournament?
It’s quite simple, really. Once you have your .bin file ready to go, you’ll first need to find an online tournament to send it to. Find an upcoming tournament and the email address they include in the post to accept entrants.
Go to your device’s storage* and find your amiibo’s .bin file. When you find it, attach that file to a message addressed to the tournament host. After filling the email out with your information (the character you’re submitting, your bracket name, etc.), click “send” and you’re all set!
* By default, Amiibo Powersaves stores its amiibo backups in C:/Users/Username/Powersaves for AMIIBO.
Standard Tournament Rules
This is the standard ruleset that most (if not all) modern tournaments follow. On occasion, a specific tourney might mix things up and follow its own set of rules – so read the requirements carefully!
- Trainers can submit one or two amiibo
- Little Mac cannot have any points in Attack nor any Attack-boosting bonus effects
- Cloud cannot have more than 60 points in Attack nor more than one Attack-boosting bonus effect
- Critical-hit capability is banned
- Explosive perfect shield is banned
- Stat points cannot exceed a sum of 120
- All items are turned OFF
- Double elimination rule is in play
- Sets are best two matches out of three
- Matches are two stock and six minutes long
- Timeout matches go to the amiibo with less damage
- All matches are played on Ω-form stages
Recognized Amiibo Tournaments:
FROST: An ongoing tournament series open to amiibo trainers worldwide. Each season features several different competitions with unique rulesets building up to a championship round. FROST is hosted by Hamplition, and is regularly streamed on his YouTube channel. Tournament announcements are posted on Cloud Nine’s Discord server.
Amiibo World Tournament: These were among the first online amiibo tournaments ever held. Hosted by Amiibo Dan (who has since removed all of his amiibo content), each outing was hugely hyped thanks to his energetic commentary. Many trainers were first introduced to the metagame through Amiibo World Tournaments. Although the series has long been discontinued, its memory remains, even years later.
If you need additional help using your Amiiqo or Amiibo Powersaves, feel free to drop into Cloud Nine’s Discord server, where fellow trainers can help you to the best of their abilities. If you have a question more directly related to amiibo training, the FAQ is an excellent place to start.