There’s a not a lot you can do with Nintendo’s Amiibos. The little statues interact with a few games that are currently out for the Wii U, most notably Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8, but they have minimal impact within the games. That’s probably a good thing, as it makes them thoroughly optional, unlike the figures for Disney Infinity and Skylanders. And considering how hard it is to find some of these things, and how much rarities like Marth and the Villager now fetch on eBay, the less useful they are in a videogame, the better for consumers. Amiibos are best viewed as collectible toys for Nintendo super fans, and if you’re too old to play with toys that means they’re best used to decorate your desk or bookshelf or office. We’ve ranked the first twelve Amiibos based solely on their aesthetic charm, discounting whatever they might offer in-game and trying to set aside our opinions of the games from which the characters come.
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This Amiibo fails to stand out amid the glut of Pikachu toys that have been cranked out over the last two decades. Pikachu is cute, sure, but this pose isn't dynamic and there are already so many plastic Pokémon in this world that one more seems almost pointless. He looks like a little dope.
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Just holding a sword doesn't make you interesting. You need to do something with it! Hold it up, or shake it around, or act like you're about to cut a thing. Make like Neal Schweiber and fake stab yourself with it. Just don't stand all stone-faced like big boring Marth, here.
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Nintendo's most simplistically cute character can't even bother to stand up in his figurine. It's great that it's not "angry" Kirby, but he's just sitting around like he's got nothing better to do. This design work is as lazy as Kirby.
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It's hard to mess up Mario. The guy's just cute. This is a weird pose, though, because it looks like he's trying to catch a fireball instead of shooting one. Unless those gloves are made of asbestos, that's probably not smart. And if those gloves are made of asbestos, I saw a mesothelioma lawyer on TV he should call.
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Fox suffers from ripping the same pose as Link. Despite all that future tech and his bushy tail, Fox simply as interesting of a character as the hero of time. This isn't a bad figure, though, and Starfox fans can be proud, if, for some weird reason, they get proud about things like this.
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Ever composed, Princess Peach elegantly floats over the competition (because this is a competition) with taste and bravery. She's wearing the most elaborate outfit on an Amiibo this side of a talking space fox, but it's not gaudy or garish. It's befitting of her regal stature, but softened by her friendly gaze and welcoming gesture.
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6. Samus Aran
A problem with scale sinks what should be one of the best Amiibos. Samus is supposed to be imposing in her suit, but she looks too sleek and delicate when placed alongside a more bulbous character like Mario. She should be a good bit taller than Mario, but the size variations for these figurines is limited, so she loses her usual bulkiness in comparison. Still, her suit looks great and that confident, no-nonsense attitude is evident, so this is a solid Samus.
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Remember what I said about Marth and his sword? It doesn't apply to Link. He's leading with his shield, but Link is less about killing than he is saving people, solving puzzles and throwing chickens around. Also he's rushing hard into something, maybe Ganondorf's lair or an old man's secret cave hideout, but either way he is active and determined and getting it done. That's good.
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Despite being the main character in Animal Crossing, the Villager isn't the best choice for an Amiibo from that game. Unless they start selling Amiibo accessories, you can't customize this little guy, and that's a big part of why people love that game. At least the figure captures his cheery attitude. This would've been higher if it was the girl villager.
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Yoshi keeps on truckin' with his Amiibo, which has the best stance of any in the first wave. The ever composed dino casts a sassy glance over his shoulder , letting you know that he's got this, whatever "this" might be. His pose might seem utilitarian compared to the more active Link or Fox, but that quiet confidence is inspiring.