|Platforms|| Nintendo 3DS,|
|Release date|| November 21, 2014|
November 28, 2014
December 6, 2014
July 23, 2015
amiibo are a set of character figurines and cards that interact with the Wii U Gamepad and the NFC reader in the touch screen of the New Nintendo 3DS. The figurines can send data to select Wii U games, but those games will also send data back to the figurine with that character's new and improved stats.
The New Nintendo 3DS has amiibo compatibility built-in with its NFC reader, but the original Nintendo 3DS does not. Nintendo released an external amiibo reader for the original Nintendo 3DS on September 25, alongside the North American launch of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.
In the new New Leaf update, Welcome amiibo, released on November 2nd, 2016, amiibo support for both cards and figurines became available for the title. Additions include a new variety for villagers who have not yet appeared in New Leaf yet, but who have appeared from Animal Forest to Animal Forest e+ and new villagers that are cameos from other Nintendo titles. These villagers will be staying in RVs and can move into the player's town optionally.
With the Welcome Amiibo there are a total of five series of amiibo cards, with a special sixth series released in collaboration with Sanrio and the Hello Kitty brand.