Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released in January 2008 on the Nintendo Wii. It introduced 18 new fighters, mechanics like Final Smashes and tripping, and an extensive story mode called the Subspace Emissary. Leading up to its release, Masahiro Sakurai hyped up the game quite a bit with the Smash Dojo website where he would reveal details of the title almost daily.
Here we take a look at each of the amiibo of the fighters that were introduced in this title. If you missed our coverage of the first title, you can click here. If you missed our coverage of the second title, you can click here.
With Sakurai being the creator of the Kirby franchise, it’s surprising it took this long for another Kirby character to receive a spot on the roster. This mysterious masked knight has appeared as both friend and foe of Kirby. His inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Brawl was seen with disapproval in the competitive scene resulting in a ban due to his “broken” move set. This amiibo was released as part of wave 3 in February 2015. It’s an overall good figure in sculpt and design, though some figures saw some paint transfer to the mask from his shoulder guards.
Like Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pit received the retro spot on the roster. Kid Icarus received two titles, Kid Icarus on NES and Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters on Game Boy. Due to poor sales, a new installment didn’t appear until Pit’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. renewed interest in the franchise and Kid Icarus: Uprising broke the 20-year hiatus. This amiibo was released as part of wave 2 in December 2014. His wings are the best part, but like many amiibo that are sculpted with weapons, Pit’s bow can become easily bent.
For those who didn’t believe there was a woman underneath Samus’s Power Suit, here she is! In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this character could only be accessed after activating Samus’s Final Smash or pressing a certain button before proceeding to the stage select screen. She earned her own character select spot in the 4th entry. This amiibo was released in September 2015. This amiibo probably has one of the most intrusive supports, casting her whole right leg in one, but she has a nicely detailed face with her beauty mark even being represented.
Wario can be considered as Mario’s evil twin, as he represents everything that Mario isn’t. They’ve even flipped the “M” in his name upside-down! Wario’s name also has origins in the Japanese word, “warui” (悪い), which happens to mean “evil.” Wario’s first appearance was in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins where he played the antagonist role. This amiibo was released as part of wave 4 in May 2015. You might know Wario by his usual purple overalls, but this design reflects his appearance in WarioWare.
Snake might seem like an odd choice amongst this cast of colorful characters, and he definitely is. This was the first third-party character to receive a spot on the roster. Snake and Sonic were planned to be included in the 2nd entry, but were omitted due to time constraints. When Snake was shown during the reveal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this was when we found out that every character would be returning, coining the tagline “EVERYONE IS HERE!” This amiibo was released in September 2019, and the extra few dollar price jump that amiibo received is clearly represented here with the small details of his gear and accurate face.
He fights for his friends and is the protagonist of the first two home console Fire Emblem titles released outside of Japan. Unlike Roy, this character has a completely original move set. This amiibo was released as part of wave 3 in February 2015. This amiibo has been heavily criticized for having one of the worst human faces out of all amiibo. We only go up from here!
For fans of the Pokémon franchise, you might know the Pokémon Trainer as Red as he appeared in FireRed and LeafGreen. Pokémon Trainer is known for its ability to change characters mid fight, having the option of choosing between its three Pokémon. Pokémon Trainer is spread out across 4 different amiibo with Charizard seeing a standalone release in May 2015, being the only one that appeared in the 4th entry of Super Smash Bros. Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and Ivysaur made their return for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and had their amiibo released in the second half of 2019.
Diddy Kong was introduced to the world in 1994 with the release of Donkey Kong Country. While he shares the same surname with Donkey Kong, they aren’t directly related and is described as his “nephew wannabe” in the manual of Donkey Kong 64. It’s rumored that Diddy Kong was supposed to appear with Dixie Kong and play similar to Ice Climbers. This amiibo was released as part of wave 2 in December 2014. It uses the very unappealing clear yellow support that could have been avoided if his hand and foot were actually attached to the base.
Mother 3, anyone? Not quite yet, but we can at least play as Lucas in Super Smash Bros. For those not in the know, Mother 3 was never released outside of Japan. While a good and deserving title to receive a localization, it’s been a running joke amongst Nintendo fans to request Mother 3 prior to each Nintendo announcement. Lucas was omitted from the base roster of the 4th entry, but saw a return in the form of DLC. This amiibo was released in January 2016 and it appears that the poses from this point on were designed to avoid the use of clear supports.
Why is Sonic here? What happened to the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega? Ever since Sega stopped focusing on developing video game consoles, Nintendo and Sega has developed a pretty good relationship. We still see the rivalry between Mario and Sonic in the Olympic games and also in Super Smash Bros. Sonic’s inclusion in Brawl was a surprise to everyone as he was heavily rumored to be in the entry prior. This amiibo was released in February 2015 as part of wave 3. This is one of the few that uses a very invasive clear support, though they’re not seen again after this wave.
The King of Dreamland, though no one is really sure how he obtained his position. King Dedede has been seen to be both Kirby’s enemy and friend, similar to Meta Knight. Masahiro Sakurai happens to provide the voice for King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. This amiibo was released as part of wave 3 in February 2015. King Dedede is heavy like Bowser’s amiibo also at around 105 grams. It’s greatly detailed with different textures and showing the stitching that his gloves would have. The fur around his jacket is painted to make it seem pearlescent and his emblem is neatly detailed on his back.
The Pikmin franchise is Nintendo’s take on the real-time strategy genre, and Olimar is the first protagonist of the series we were introduced to in 2001. Olimar is the captain of the SS Dolphin who managed to crash his ship on a planet full of Pikmin, which are the red, yellow, and blue creatures displayed on the amiibo. This amiibo was released as part of wave 6 in September 2015. This amiibo uses a clear plastic to represent Olimar’s helmet, which doesn’t appear on any other amiibo. Alph from Pikmin 3 serves as an alternate costume though he hasn’t received an amiibo figure.
One of the first revealed Pokémon from generation 4 and even earning their own movie that detailed their aura ability, which is what Lucario’s move set in Super Smash Bros. is based on. Mewtwo was cut from the roster for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Lucario was unfairly criticized for being a clone though having a unique move set. This amiibo was released as part of wave 3 in February 2015. Though the clear support doesn’t appear like it does much for the figure, Lucario’s feet aren’t actually attached to the base, so it’s acting as an anchor for the figure.
ROB stands for Robotic Operating Buddy and it’s more of an accessory rather than a character from a game. It’s still an important part of Nintendo’s history and it seems to fill Sakurai’s “character out of left field” pick. This amiibo comes in two different colors as ROB’s color scheme matches that of the Nintendo Entertainment System or the Famicom Disc System, depending on the region. Its initial release was in September 2015 as part of wave 6 and then the Famicom Version was released outside of Japan as part of wave 9 in March 2016.
A third Link? Toon Link ended up replacing Young Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though both returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Toon Link is another clone of Link, but the design is representative of the cartoonish art style of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and he’s much more agile in terms of gameplay. This amiibo was released as part of wave 3 in February 2015. His sword and shield can easily become bent, but his clear plastic support isn’t as intrusive or a strange blue or yellow color as seen with other amiibo. The overall sculpt is nice and it looks like they plucked him right out of game.
Wolf is known as one of the protagonists in the Star Fox universe, leading his own squadron known as Star Wolf. Wolf is labeled as a “semi-clone” by the Smash community as a few of his moves are very similar to Fox, but there is enough to his character to make him more unique than Falco. Wolf was cut from the roster in the 4th entry, but he made a return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as every single character returned. This amiibo was released in December 2018 and was one of the many amiibo released for Ultimate that benefited from the price increase having such a great amount of detail.
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Last modified: November 15, 2020