9to5 Guide: Grab Nintendo’s rare Amiibo collectible figurines, pre-order exclusives now

Update 2-12-14 12:00PM: We’ve updated the Amiibo list to flag the seven Wave 3B Amiibos that are hitting stores on February 13. Also, we added Wave 4 (Super Mario Bros.) series Amiibos arriving March 20, 2015, along with the Wave 5 Super Smash Bros. characters coming in Spring 2015!

Nintendo’s interactive Amiibo figurines have rapidly become the surprise hit toys of the 2014 holiday season. Cool on their own, they can also use NFC wireless to interact with select Wii U (and future Nintendo 3DS) games, storing their own experience points, leveling up over time, and unlocking in-game bonuses. Unusual defects in some of the original “Wave 1” figures – notably including a super-rare two-cannoned Samus – are leading to crazy high eBay prices for certain characters, and prices are starting to go up for Wave 2 and Wave 3 Amiibos. Six of the Wave 3 figures are just hitting stores now, and Wave 4 preorders have opened for mid-March debuts of new Super Mario Bros. series characters.

We’ve put together this quick guide to spotlight currently available, announced, and discontinued Amiibo figures, as well as Amiibo-compatible games, so that you can get your hands on the early and increasingly rare figures while they’re still available. Many people are already trying to collect them all, and Nintendo has deliberately made certain figures only in small quantities, vowing not to restock them after their first “wave” sells out. If you’re a collector, now’s a good time to grab as many Amiibos as possible. Amazon offers free shipping via Amazon Prime (get a 30-day free trial), or if you’re buying several Amiibos together; otherwise, free shipping via Target might be a better deal for you.

Mario
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 1 – Available
Link
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Status: Wave 1 – Available
Pikachu
Series: Pokemon
Status: Wave 1 – Available
Kirby
Series: Kirby
Status: Wave 1 – Available

Samus
Series: Metroid
Status: Wave 1 – Available
(Princess) Peach
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 1 – Available
Donkey Kong
Series: Donkey Kong/Country
Status: Wave 1 – Available
Fox (McCloud)
Series: Star Fox
Status: Wave 1 – Available

Marth
Series: Fire Emblem
Status: Wave 1 – Discontinued
Villager
Series: Animal Crossing
Status: Wave 1 – Discontinued
Wii Fit Trainer
Series: Wii Fit
Status: Wave 1 – Discontinued
Yoshi
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 1 – Available

(Princess) Zelda
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Status: Wave 2A – Available
Luigi
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 2B – Available
Diddy Kong
Series: Donkey Kong Country
Status: Wave 2A – Available
Captain Falcon
Series: F-Zero
Status: Wave 2B – Available

Little Mac
Series: Punch-Out!!
Status: Wave 2A – Available
Pit
Series: Kid Icarus
Status: Wave 2B – Available

Mega Man
Series: Mega Man
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)
Toon Link
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)
Bowser
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 3
Sheik
Series: Legend of Zelda
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)

Sonic
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)
Ike
Series: Fire Emblem
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)
King Dedede
Series: Kirby
Status: Wave 3B (Feb 13-20)

Lucario
Series: Pokemon
Status: Wave 3 (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Shulk
Series: Xenoblade Chronicles
Status: Wave 3B – GameSpot exclusive)
Meta Knight
Series: Kirby
Status: Wave 3B (Best Buy Exclusive)
Rosalina (& Luma)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 3 (Target Exclusive)

Toad
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)
Luigi (Ver. 2)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)
Yoshi (Ver. 2)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)
Bowser (Ver. 2)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)

Wario
Series: WarioWare
Status: Coming Spring, 2015
Ness
Series: Earthbound
Status: Coming Spring, 2015
Mario (Ver. 2)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)
Peach (Ver. 2)
Series: Super Mario Bros.
Status: Wave 4 – Pre-Order (Mar. 20, 2015)

Pac-Man
Series: Pac-Man
Status: Coming Spring, 2015
Robin
Series: Fire Emblem
Status: Coming Spring, 2015
Lucina
Series: Fire Emblem
Status: Coming Spring, 2015
Charizard
Series: Pokemon
Status: Coming Spring, 2015

We suggest that you check the following stores if the Amiibo you’re looking for isn’t available: Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart.

Available and Announced Wii U Games With Amiibo Support:

To use an Amiibo as a Wii U character or for Wii U powerups, you touch the base of the figure to the Wii U Gamepad during one of the following supported games. Nintendo is also building Amiibo support directly into new versions of the Nintendo 3DS that are coming to the U.S. in 2015, and will offer a wireless adapter for older 3DS and 2DS systems as well.

Super Smash Bros (regularly $60, get it for $59 here)
What Can Amiibo Do: Train, fight + level-up Amiibo-based characters.

Hyrule Warriors (regularly $60, get it for $48 here)
What Can Amiibo Do: Use Link Amiibo to get a special Spinner weapon, and use Zelda Amiibo to get a 3-star or better weapon.

Mario Kart 8 (regularly $60, get it for $52 here)
What Can Amiibo Do: Get special Amiibo-specific costumes for your Mii character to race in.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (regularly $40), find it new (or used for $35) here
What Can Amiibo Do: Access a special hide-and-seek challenge in each stage, as new character Pixel Toad appears to make you hunt him down.

Mario Party 10 (regularly $60, pre-order now; pre-order here with new Mario Amiibo bundle)
What Can Amiibo Do: Unlock in-game bonus content with any Amiibo; read and write to Super Mario Bros. series Amiibos, who can be used as game pieces and get bonuses, including different bases.

Yoshi’s Woolly World (regularly $60, pre-order now)
What Can Amiibo Do: Not yet announced, but Amiibo support will be in the game.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (regularly $60, pre-order now)
What Can Amiibo Do: Earn special power-ups using the Kirby, Meta Knight, or King Dedede Amiibo figures.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (regularly $40, pre-order now)

What Can Amiibo Do: Fire Emblem characters Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina can be added to the S.T.E.A.M. team on New Nintendo 3DS XL, using their special weapons.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (regularly $40, pre-order now)

Unlock hidden music and art assets within the game using tokens earned by tapping the Shulk Amiibo to the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Learn More About The Wii U

9to5Toys has posted a complete guide to the best Wii U bundles, accessories, and games around. And for more great Nintendo games, check out our 9to5 Guide to video games worth a second look!

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