Training the strongest Pokémon Trainer amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

When it comes to amiibo training, we get a lot of questions about Pokémon Trainer. And that’s understandable, because Pokémon Trainer is a complicated character. You’ve got the Super Smash Bros. 4 Charizard amiibo, which scans as Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Then you’ve got the Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Pokémon Trainer figures, and they also scan as Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unfortunately, figurines of the individual Pokémon aren’t standalone characters: they’re still very much controlled by a trainer. In other words, a Squirtle amiibo can still play as Ivysaur and Charizard. Kind of a shame that all four figures are essentially the same, but it makes for an interesting character!

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It’s the Amiibo Dojo’s fifth anniversary!

Earlier this year, we celebrated Exion’s ninth anniversary. We didn’t actually do anything, but I like to call it a celebration anyway. But the fun (or lack thereof, honestly) doesn’t stop there — today’s the Amiibo Dojo’s fifth anniversary! If you’re new to the site as of this year, I probably have some explaining to do.

I created the community in February 2011. Way before amiibo training was ever a thing. By the time amiibo figures were released in November 2014, the site was starting to slow down. In January 2015, I wrote the first-ever amiibo training guide. And then I kept writing new and updated ones! Eventually, I had so many reddit posts to keep track of that I just had to make a blog to store them all on. And I started that version of the community on August 29, 2015 — five years ago today!

That means we celebrate two anniversaries here: one on February 24 and one on August 29. Creation and recreation, basically! It’s amazing to me that our amiibo content is going strong five years later. People still like to read it, and as long as that’s the case, I’ll continue writing it. And I’ll be sure to mix in different kinds of posts, too. Thanks again for all your support!

Training the strongest Ryu amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Ryu made his Super Smash Bros. series debut as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. 4. He’s got a few unique tricks up his sleeve: his normals are split into held and tapped versions, and his special moves can be executed via unique button inputs that increase their power. Figure Players generally don’t make good use of character gimmicks (see Bayonetta, Ken, and the Ice Climbers), but Ryu is a rare exception!

Thanks to Supernova for contributing Ryu’s training information! Feel free to check out their YouTube channel by following this link.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – A Fortunate Disappointment

Nice title, right? I imagine writing “attention-grabbing”, overly definitive titles such as this one is what it feels like to be a journalist. Speaking of which…

Journalists. They’re a tough crowd, right? When it comes to game reviews, I feel like they’ve been dropping the ball. They wind up categorizing each and every game into one of three categories: amazingaverage, or terrible. But it’s not that simple, is it? Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect example. Review sites raved and raved. It got consistent 10s across the board. Naturally, this made me excited to try out the game. And I liked it.

But something’s definitely wrong here. I’ve played New Horizons. It’s good. But it’s nowhere close to a 10 out of 10. Animal Crossing has its ups and downs – as all games do – but it has a lot of issues that were conveniently absent from the game’s initial wave of reviews. This presents a greater issue with journalism in general, though: with games like Animal Crossing, you really can’t form a definitive opinion in a week or two. The series is designed for the long haul, and as a result, should be reviewed as such.

Today’s post is going to be a long one. We’ll be talking about journalism, COVID-19, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ success story. More importantly, though, we’re going to talk about New Horizons’ strengths and weaknesses. And there’s a lot of each.

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The Joker and Hero amiibo files have been accessed early

Last night, we made a major breakthrough — and long story short, the Exion team has crafted working files of the Joker and Hero amiibo that can be used on any Nintendo Switch console! Compatibility for Joker and Hero was added in Version 8.1.0, but their figurines don’t release until October 2nd. That means we’ve got access to Joker and Hero two months early, and it also means we’ll have credible, tested guides available for each character before they even release. You’ll be able to read best practices for training both Joker and Hero on the day they come out!

This follows a similar occurrence in 2019, in which Pichu was spoofed and access almost three months before release. We do have preliminary Joker and Hero training guides available, and plan on updating them once more before release. When we do, they’ll be brought to the front of the main page, so don’t worry about missing them! In the meantime, I would like to thank Supernova for greatly assisting in spoofing these characters and helping us access and analyze them months in advance. Feel free to check out his YouTube channel for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mods and amiibo training content. For more information on Joker and Hero, check out the Exion Discord server.