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User Info: Hudsucker20XX

Hudsucker20XX
7 years ago#1
Yeah, it's a weird/quirky name, and Nintendo's all about that right now. But "Wii" and "Wii U" weren't just random letters, they were intended to play on "we" and "you".

What's the thinking behind "amiibo"? Is there a Japanese pun attached to it?
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User Info: dylanbrandon286

dylanbrandon286
7 years ago#2
I am assuming it may be a play on the word "amoeba" which are single celled organisms that can change their shape according to their environment. I think this because the amiibo seem to be able to do something similar, mainly changing how the character reacts and its characteristics as you use it.
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ManuKesna
7 years ago#3
amiibo sounds like "amigo" that is the word for friend in Spanish
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KogaSteelfang
7 years ago#4
ManuKesna posted...
amiibo sounds like "amigo" that is the word for friend in Spanish


That should've been the name.
Makes much more sense imo.
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DuranMan1
7 years ago#5
sounds like amoeba, sick
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Kuribo4
7 years ago#6
It sounds a little like "amigo", spanish for friend.
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User Info: primehunter001

primehunter001
7 years ago#7
I assumed it was because Ami is French for friend, a Bo is a sort of friend, and amigo is the Spanish for friend, along with mii right there in the middle.

User Info: Hudsucker20XX

Hudsucker20XX
7 years ago#8
Hm, the "amoeba" thing makes more sense now.

And I had thought about the Spanish, but not the French puns. So that's cool.

Anybody speak Japanese?
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Wereshovel
7 years ago#9
"Samba de amiibo, samba de aMIIbo..."
It's cel shaded lol

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Sky_Rayquaza
7 years ago#10
Aibo means ”cherish the memory of” or "love" in Japanese.
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