amiibo Wiki: Tournaments

Both Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are home to a long list of completed amiibo tournaments. Most of these are held online with the aid of Amiibo Powersaves; trainers can use the device to back up their amiibo and send the file to a tournament host to compete on their console. A list of all major tournaments can be found on this page, while a regularly updated Ultimate-centic spreadsheet is available here. New listings are posted in the Exion Discord server’s #tournaments channel.

Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are home to a long list of completed amiibo tournaments. Most of these are held online with the help of amiibo Powersaves or an NFC-compatible Android or iOS device.

General Information

Super Smash Bros. 4 did not permit Figure Players in online lobbies of any kind. This meant that official online tournaments were impossible. Amiibo Dan, the sole amiibo training YouTuber at the time, originated the idea of saving and submitting fully trained .amiibo bin files to a tournament host. Amiibo Powersaves / NFC-compatible mobile devices are able to save a copy of the file contained in an amiibo’s base, which players can then upload and send to tournament hosts. These hosts can then load the file and scan it onto their console as though it were a genuine figure. More information on submitting amiibo to online tournaments can be found here.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, most tournaments are still held via file submission. Figure Players were eventually permitted to join online Battle Arenas via a game update, and some communities take advantage of this to host official online tournaments. Some servers prioritize file submission tournaments, while others prioritize arena tourneys.

Tournaments across both titles generally favor higher-tiered characters. Super Smash Bros. 4’s official ruleset allows every character, but places restrictions on Cloud and Little Mac, while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s ruleset officially bans Bowser and Incineroar. Tourney hosts occasionally ban additional characters (on a competition-by-competition basis) for the sake of diversity. Thus, it is important to carefully read each tournament’s rules to avoid sending a disqualified fighter.

Major Tournaments

  • Amiibo World Tournament: Hosted by Amiibo Dan, Amiibo World Tournaments were the first major online competitions. Though two Amiibo World Tournaments were held prior, Amiibo World Tournament 3 was the first “amiibo supermajor” with 42 entries and high stakes. Amiibo World Tournaments were discontinued in June 2016.
  • Amiibrawl: Amiibrawl is an ongoing tournament series hosted by TMac. It has hosted Smash 4 and Smash Ultimate amiibo tourneys and its rules sometimes change to make for more interesting competitions. To date, there have been over forty Amiibrawl tournaments, and each has had a unique winner. The series has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel.
  • Splice’s Tournaments: Splice hosts a wide variety of amiibo tournaments that span several days or weeks. They are among the most credible and consistent competitions and are held in high regard by the community. A few of Splice’s tournament series include S.A.L.T.I. and S.L.A.P. and can be viewed on the SpliceStream Twitch channel.

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