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Fake Nintendo Amiibos with Android

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Amiibos are plastic figures based on games released for Nintendo consoles, some of which have a high collector’s value. The figures include a small NFC chip in the base that allows users to unlock special bonuses when used with specific games.

For example, there are many Amiibos for the game “The Legend of Zelda”. The game is a great example of implementation, because collecting Amiibos can be expensive. In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how to create your own Amiibos with cheap NFC chips and an Android device.

Required equipment

Step 1 – Prepare your Android device

  1. Since the TagMo app is not available in the Play Store, it must be downloaded and installed from GitHub. In order to install apps that are not available in the Play Store, this must be specified in the Android settings in the Security menu.
  2. Now two more software packages need to be downloaded and installed on the Android device for TagMo to work properly with the Amiibos.
    locked_secret.bin (.zip) – Link to the free download
    unfixed_ifo.bin (.zip) – Link to the free download

Step 2 – Download or scan in amiibo codes

There are two ways to read the amiibo codes. Either you open the original packaging of an Amiibo you have already bought, but this loses its value significantly, as only unopened Amiibos have a collector’s value. Scanning the Amiibo code through the packaging is not possible because the NFC tag is secured with a metal foil in the packaging.
As a second option, the amiibo codes can be downloaded for free. Please read the disclaimer at this point, as there may be a suspicion that you want to create pirated copies.

It is important that you unzip the ZIP files on the Android device or make them available for the Android device, for example via a download link, as the BIN files are automatically recognized when they are read in the TagMo app.

Step 3 – write the NFC tag

Now that the Android device is set up and you have your Amiibo-Bin files for writing, you can load the Amiibo data to an unrecorded NFC tag.

  1. Open the TagMo App.
  2. Click on “Load Tag
  3. Select the scanned or downloaded Amiibo of your choice.
    In my example, I have already deposited 3 codes for Zelda.
  4. Click on “Write Tag”.
  5. Now hold the unwritten NFC tag to the NFC writer chip. This is usually located on the back of the Android device. I’m using an old Nexus 7 tablet in this tutorial, which is still quite adequate for this application today.
    The successful writing process is confirmed with an acoustic signal and the pop-up “Done”.

 

Step 4 – Validate

After creating your own Amiibo on an Android device, you can check if it worked. You can do this pretty quickly by clicking the “Tag Scan” button in the TagMo app. Then you see what was written on the NFC tag. Of course you can also use your Nintendo to use the Amiibo in one game. Hold the NFC tag over the right analog stick on the JoyCon and the Amiibo is available in the game.

If this is not the case and you have never used an Amiibo, please check the settings in the console, as the use of Amiibos must be enabled in the settings.

Conclusion

Duplicating Amiibo codes is pretty easy. However, please note the disclaimer, because Amiibo codes may only be copied after purchase as a backup copy for your own use. To do this, the original Amiibo packaging must be opened as the NFC tag is protected from being read by a metal layer. By opening the packaging, the Amiibo loses considerably in value.

Furthermore, you must be aware that you can use an NFC blank for Amiibos only once. Although there are Amiibos, which can be used multiple times in the game, this is also possible with cloned Amiibos. But once you have your own Amiibo buried, it is tied to your Nintendo console or account.
Means like an original Amiibo you can use it several times depending on the Amiibo, but an Amiibo NFC tag can not be deleted and rewritten.

How to duplicate RFID keycards and transponders, I’ll show you in this tutorial – RFID Writer Tutorial
You are interested in RFID / NFC hacking? Watch this post – Hacking like Mr. Robot Part 3 – Cloning RFID Cards