Amiibo's are Nintendo's Skylander like toy that you can put into the game. The the only game where they are currently usable is Super Smash Bros for Wii U but Nintendo has said they will be usable in other games down the line and you can currently scan them on other games like mario kart 8 for various goodies. You don't actually play as the Amiibo in Smash bros either, rather they are opponents for you to fight, allies to help you out and comrades for you to train. The amiibo level up as they fight and you can feed them power ups found in the many modes of smash to make them stronger, in addition you can customize their move-sets as well. I find it particularly fun to team up with my Amiibo and fight together. In-fact my Link Amiibo(From The Legend of Zelda) is now better than me at Smash, although this may be a reflection of me and not him. The craftsmanship on my was great and everything was painted nicely but this may change based on who you buy from.
Another added bonus is that they are completely optional and don't need a base unlike Skylanders and Disney Infinity. To put them in the game you just plop them on the NFC scanner to scan them and then plop them back on to update your toy with it's new won strength. I can't wait to see what Nintendo has in store for Amiibo in the future and I give them 4.75 out of 5 stars both as product and something in the game. By Nick Starceski