Super Smash Bros. 4’s amiibo metagame had a lot of problems at first. Unlike the current Super Smash Bros. Ultimate environment, there was at first no way to use Smash 4 amiibo online. They couldn’t even be used in online rooms against friends! That is, until Datel came around and released a quite revolutionary device called Amiibo Powersaves. For today’s guide, we’re going to take a look on setting up and using Amiibo Powersaves!
Though today’s guide will be targeting Amiibo Powersaves usage for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we’ll be talking about its functions for Smash 4 as well. So if you’re having trouble setting up Powersaves or need to know how to use them, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s get started.
For step one – bear with me here – you’re going to need an Amiibo Powersaves. They’re about $20 USD and can be found through GameStop or on Amazon. I can’t provide any links here, unfortunately, but it shouldn’t be too tough to track one down. Basically, an Amiibo Powersaves looks like a rectangular tile. You place your amiibo figure onto the tile, and – once plugged into your computer – can read the file within the figurine’s chip. From there, you can back up the file, which will allow you to send your Figure Player to online tournaments. How convenient! Keep in mind that you’ll also be needing access to a PC for this.
Once you have your Amiibo Powersaves, you can download the instruction manual here. All of the device’s basic functions are detailed in the manual, but we’re going to explain them as well! For now, let’s continue with setup. You’re going to need to download the Powersaves software, which you can find right here. Extract the .zip file, install the program, and open up the application. Connect the rectangular tile-looking thing, and you should be good to go! If you have any further questions, or if something isn’t working, you can check the instruction manual listed above.
Backup and Restore
The key function of Amiibo Powersaves is to create file backups of your amiibo. Within each amiibo’s base is a chip that stores a file containing all of its training data. Using Amiibo Powersaves, you can save this training data as a .bin file which you can then submit to tournament hosts!
Let’s assume your Amiibo Powersaves is all plugged in and ready to go. Place your amiibo on the tile, and the software screen should change. If you placed a Smash 4 amiibo on the tile, the software should pop up with “SSB – (Character Name)”. If you placed a Smash Ultimate amiibo on the tile, it’ll just say “AMIIBO”. This is because – at the time of writing – the software hasn’t been updated to recognize amiibo characters introduced in Ultimate. You can still use them with Powersaves, though — the software just won’t display the character’s name.
As you probably expected, the blue “Backup” button lets you create a backup of your amiibo. It’ll prompt you to type in a file name, so type whatever you want and it’ll save the .bin file. By default, these files are saved in C://Users/(Your Username)/Powersaves for AMIIBO. If you want to enter a tournament on our Discord server, all you have to do is take that file and send it to the tournament host via email or Discord direct message. Be sure to read each tournament’s rules so you know where to submit your file!
You can also restore backups to your amiibo. Want to retrain your amiibo? Make a backup and then reset it. If you don’t like your new training, you can always restore the file you saved! Keep in mind: if you have two different Mario amiibo, you can’t freely restore their backups to each other. That requires something called a Brain Transplant, which our Discord server can set up for you if needed. One last thing here; with characters with periods in their name, such as Mr. Game & Watch and Dr. Mario, you might not see any of your backups. Change their file names from “SSB_-_Dr._Mario_(numbers)” to “AMIIBO_(numbers)” and they should work just fine again. If you need any help restoring backups, feel free to join our aforementioned Discord server and we can help you out!
Cheats and Power Tag
At the time of writing, Amiibo Powersaves’ “Cheats” have not been updated since Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta were released for Smash 4 in 2017. If for some reason you’re still playing Smash 4 and training amiibo, Powersaves lets you “cheat” stats and bonuses onto your amiibo. If you want, you could always read our Smash 4 training guides and edit on each character’s recommended equipment setup! Please note that you can’t use Powersaves to directly edit an amiibo’s training data. As long as you edit on a legal setup, your amiibo won’t have any advantage even though it was affected by Powersaves. Also note that you can’t use Powersaves to edit stats and bonuses of Smash Ultimate amiibo at all. Cheats are also available for other games, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Most Amiibo Powersaves come with a small disc known as a Power Tag. Think of it as a blank amiibo! You can load any character’s backup onto the Power Tag, scan that onto your Wii U or Nintendo Switch, and the console will think it’s a real amiibo. There’s no way for it to tell if an amiibo is actually a Power Tag or not, so no worries there. You can use Power Tags to host your own tournaments, too! You can accept submissions on our Discord server, load those files to the Power Tag one at a time, and run matches on your Wii U or Switch as if you had the trainers’ actual amiibo. How cool is that?!
And with that, that’s about all you need to know about Amiibo Powersaves. To recap: for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can only use Powersaves to backup or restore files. For Smash 4, you can backup, restore, and choose stats and bonuses to give to your amiibo. Once you have your amiibo’s .bin file, though, you can use external programs to edit training data or Spirits, but these are completely separate from Powersaves. Again, if you have any questions, feel free to join our Discord server and ask them! Amiibo Powersaves have been a real help to our scene, as they’ve allowed us to host online tournaments for over five years. I should also mention here that Exion isn’t sponsored by Datel, although I wish it was. My inbox is waiting! Thanks to Abbie for helping with the setup section!
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