I was immediately intrigued when I heard about the N2 Elite Amiibo emulator a few years ago. To be able to store multiple Amiibo on a single portable disk, and switch between them with a button sounded awesome, but at $80 I couldn’t justify the cost when I could just buy cheap tags and write them using my cell phone.
However, when I saw there was a $20 device that would do basically the same thing, (except the tag it comes with only holds one Amiibo) I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.
What you’ll need:
- Powersaves Portal (you can get it a bit cheaper if you can find one at your local games store)
- Amiibo to backup or .bin format backup files
- Powersaves for Amiibo software
The Powersaves Portal (I’m just going to say portal from now on) is a small, flat piece of plastic,which you connect to your computer with a Mini-USB cable, which is included in the box. If you’ve used CodeJunkies products before you’ll already know they’re a little behind the times, and cheap quality, but the price is right and they generally work as advertised. That’s in my experience anyway. Anyway, on to the tutorial.
Before you plug the portal into your computer, make sure you download the Powersaves software so that the drivers are installed. Once the app is installed you can plug in the portal and it will detect it and you’re ready to go. The interface is a little Fisher-Price for my tastes, but it gets the job done, and it’s super simple.
When the portal is plugged in and you open the software it will ask you to place an Amiibo on the portal. It will read it and tell you the info about that Amiibo. Unfortunately, it is an older product, so the database doesn’t recognize most modern Amiibo, and doesn’t know what games they’re for either, but if you have some classics it will tell you which one it is.
You can backup the Amiibo to a .bin file by clicking the “Backup” button. You can restore backups to that Amiibo by clicking the “Restore” button. That part is pretty straightforward. “Apply Cheat” gives you the option to edit the Amiibo data for specific games, but again, they’re all WiiU and 3DS games so you probably won’t get a lot of use out of them, unless you’re wanting to set a Wolf Link Amiibo to 20 hearts without playing Twilight Princess. You can also gain a few bonus levels when you first add an Amiibo to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate if you edit it’s stats for the WiiU version.
That’s pretty much all you can do with the Amiibo using this software, but if you’ve got a large collection, it’s a super easy way to create .bin backups of them straight on your computer, so you can easily back them up to external or cloud storage.
The other thing this tool can do is use the included PowerTag. Using the “Power Tag” button, you can restore any of your backups to it. If you’ve got backups you made in TagMo or another Amiibo backup solution, you can also write those to the PowerTag by copying them into the C:\Users\<username>\Powersaves For AMIIBO\ folder. After the backup is restored the other buttons work the same as with an actual Amiibo. You can use the tag just like it was the original statue. This is a great feature for portability, but it does only hold one at a time, and you’ll need your computer and portal to change it to something else, you can’t write it with any other writer I’ve found.
So to summarize, this $20 tool allows quick, easy backups of your Amiibo, can write that backup to the included PowerTag (you can buy extra PowerTags as well), and can make some changes to the saved data on your Amiibo, but you’ll need something else (Tagmo or Amiibomb) to write those backups to an NTAG215 for a physical backup.
Finally, I will go ahead and say that Powersaves for Amiibo can write any Amiibo file in .bin format to the PowerTag, and that since the internet exists you can find ones that other people have scanned and shared, but do so at your own risk. I do not advocate piracy, and if you choose to use any of the educational information provided in this tutorial for any illegal activity TechSupportGamer and myself cannot be held liable.
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