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How to Use Amiibo in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

You can use your amiibo in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Here's how to do it.


If you're a big Nintendo fan, you've probably been collecting Nintendo amiibo figures since their debut.

There are tons of different amiibo to collect, and the whimsical figures range from Mario to Pikmin's Captain Olimar and plenty of games in between. You can even collect amiibo of third-party characters like Metal Gear Solid's Snake or Final Fantasy VII's Cloud.

You can use any amiibo figures you have in the Switch port of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Here's how to take advantage of amiibo figures in the newest Mario platforming game.

How to use amiibo in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

The new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo made for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.Source: Nintendo

You can use any amiibo figure you own in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Choose the figure you want to use, then hold down the left arrow on your Joy-Con controller's D-pad. This will bring up an amiibo symbol above your character's head. You can tap the base of the amiibo figure you've chosen to the NFC reader in the right Joy-Con controller's control stick.

A Mario amiibo sitting atop the location of the Joy-Con's NFC reader.Source: Nintendo

Alternatively, if you're using a Pro Controller, tap the base of the amiibo figure on the Switch logo on the top of the controller to activate the NFC reader.

A Mario amiibo sitting atop the location of the Pro Controller's NFC reader.Source: Nintendo

Once you've done all this, you'll see one of several different bonuses appear above your character's head. Most will get a 1-UP mushroom.

Some characters will grant special bonuses. You can use the new Cat Mario amiibo to turn into White Cat Mario, which offers all of Cat Mario's abilities and invincibility.

Similarly, the Cat Peach amiibo will spawn a random power-up. Sometimes, power-ups in Super Mario 3D World can get a little sparse. This is a great way to bolster your performance throughout each level if you need a little assistance. Things can get a little hairy, after all.

The fearsome Bowser amiibo.Source: Nintendo

There are plenty of surprises to be found while you're testing out different amiibo figures. You'll definitely want to try out any Bowser to see what happens, as well as Bowser Jr., for some fun gameplay changes in the Bowser's Fury game mode.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is one of the most recent games to allow for the use of amiibo figures. If you've amassed a large collection, it should be fun going through the characters you have and figuring out who grants what.


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