How to enter online amiibo tournaments in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Our community is certainly an interesting one. Participating in online amiibo tournaments may seem difficult to set up, but in truth, it’s one of the easiest events to get involved in! Here’s the jist of it: using an Amiibo Powersaves, trainers back up the file stored on their amiibo’s chip. Then they send this file to a tournament host – and that’s it! From there, the tourney host brings these files to life on their Nintendo Switch console. But like I said before, setup for all this might seem complicated, but I’m here to tell you it isn’t!

General Information

We’ve got a full page on Amiibo Powersaves! If you want to read that, you can do so by following this link. To sum it up, though: Amiibo Powersaves are advertised as a “cheating device”, but they don’t give an advantage to anybody who owns one. In other words, Powersaves can’t modify how a Figure Player acts. In Super Smash Bros. 4, it was capable of adding stats and bonus effects to amiibo, but compatibility for Ultimate has not been added at the time of writing. As mentioned earlier, we use Powersaves to retrieve a backup of our amiibo’s “.bin file” – the file stored on the chip that the game reads and writes to – and then send that file to a tournament host.

In terms of price, Amiibo Powersaves don’t cost too much. They generally go for about $20 and are readily available at most electronics retailers. Once you get your hands on one, there’s a little instruction booklet inside. Follow those directions and get the software set up. From there, all you have to do is place your amiibo on the portal and select “Backup”. On Windows, your file will be located here: C:/Users/(your username here)/Powersaves for AMIIBO/. Grab that file, pop it into an email, and you’re good to go for your first tournament!


Where do you find tournaments to enter, you ask? That’s easy: our Discord server! The #tournaments channel posts new competition listings on a regular basis. They’ll also include an email to submit to (or sometimes you’ll need to DM the person your amiibo). If you’re worried that someone is going to “steal” your amiibo and claim it as their own, don’t be: that’s a bannable offensive and we have ways of checking.

The Power Tag

Most instances of Amiibo Powersaves come with something called a Power Tag. It’s a small disc-looking thing. This Power Tag actually serves as every amiibo all at once! Think of it as a “blank” amiibo. Using Amiibo Powersaves, you can write a .bin file to the Power Tag. Slap that tag on a Nintendo Switch and it acts as if it were a genuine figure! This is how tournament hosts bring your amiibo to life on their Switch systems. If you’re new to amiibo training and online tournaments, don’t worry about the Power Tag for now. Entering a tour is your first step.

If you have any questions, please join our Discord server! You can also shoot me a message on Twitter if that’s more convenient for you. It all might seem overwhelming at first, but trust me, after you get the hang of it (which won’t take long) it’s super easy! I hope you’ll try and participate in our tournaments. Until next time!


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