Emuiibo is a really cool concept, but unfortunately, in SXOS especially, it’s just not very stable. If you’re on an older firmware you might be OK, but even if it works, it’s just not very stable even then. And on firmware 9.1.0 I can’t get any games to open without crashing. Even on Atmosphere, using the latest version, Amiiswap crashes the Switch, and though I got Amiigo to work, the controller combos don’t, and the built-in Amiibo creator randomizes the UUID (unique identifier) on each scan, so you can’t save changes to it in Smash Brothers. It’s just kind of a mess. So I decided to look at a few alternatives. This article is a comparison of the three that I’ve tried, I’ll have tutorials and videos on each in the near future.
What you’ll need:
Tagmo is a free Android app you can download and sideload to almost any modern phone, and more than a few tablets. It uses the built in NFC module to backup your Amiibo to a .bin file, and then flash that backup to a blank NFC tag.
- No need to buy separate hardware to write the tags if you’ve got a compatible device
- Very powerful program, if you know what you’re doing
- Can reset Amiibo if their data becomes corrupted.
- If you don’t already have a compatible Android device, it’s the most expensive option
- It can be awkward tap on the screen of the device while holding the item you’re scanning up to the back of it
- Setup requires you to find some files the software needs with no help
Powersaves for Amiibo
What you’ll need:
Powersaves for Amiibo is an inexpensive option for backing up your Amiibo, and it comes with a tag that you can write your backups to repeatedly, so you can switch it between multiple Amiibo.
- All in one kit for backing up and flashing Amiibo
- You can rewrite the power tag to change the Amiibo, unlike other NFC Tags
- Simple, straight-forward interface
- Can’t write to tags except the power tag
- Most editing in the software is for WiiU games
What you’ll need:
- Amiibomb software
- RC522 RFID Module
- Wires to connect the module to the Arduino
- NTAG215 Cards or Stickers
Amiibomb is a free software that can use an Arduino with an RFID module to backup and flash Amiibo .bin files to NFC tags. The software also allows you decrypt the Amiibo backups, and edit the raw data.
- Very powerful software that isn’t limited to an Android device
- An inexpensive option to write NFC tags if you don’t have an Android device
- Setting up the hardware isn’t difficult if you follow the instructions
- The software is fairly old and is no longer updated
- Very little support if things don’t work
- The setup process for the software is complicated, and in my case required a 3rd party hex editor.
Now that you’ve got a little idea about these three options, you can decide if you want to give one a try. If you’ve got an Android device with NFC, tagmo is the way to go. You can buy a small pack of NFC stickers (make sure they’re NTAG215 only) for a few bucks and they work great. If you don’t mind only being able to write your Amiibo to a single tag, the Powersaves is a great option. If you’re a tinkerer like me, the Amiibombuino might be a good excuse to buy a new toy, unless you’ve already got one lying around.
There’s also a 4th option called the N2 Elite. It is a tag and writer combo, like the Powersaves option, but it can store multiple Amiibo on the tag at once, and you can switch between them by pressing a button it. Unfortunately, at the time of writing the Coronavirus has affected production, and the price has increased accordingly, to where it’s out of my budget for the time being. I hope to someday get my hands on it and I’ll do a review and comparison on it then. In the meantime, I hope to get a full tutorial and video out for each of the three options in this article in the next week or so.
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