Back in August of last year I reviewed the Amiiqo device here on MaxConsole. The handy little device allows you “emulate” an Amiibo figure by backing up and restoring the data to their own multi-slot NFC disc. Since that time, Amiiqo has seen a name change and major updates to it’s software.
The device is now known as the N2 and the new N2 Elite comes with USB NFC reader/writer hardware that can be used on any PC or OSX computer. This makes saving and restoring your figure data much easier than the previously available software, which was only available for Android based devices.
The hardware is based on the well-known NXP MFRC522 chip, which should allow for many future upgrades and improvements (more on that later). The disc itself is the same as Amiiqo but with a re-branded label. The big star here is the N2 Elite USBSerial Bridge, which reads figure data from the disc to your PC or Mac. It connects via USB and contains status LEDs to show various modes and operations.
Installation is simple. First you need to install the device drivers, available from the official N2 website. Then you just plug the provided USB cable from the device itself to your computer. From there you can install and run the new N2 Manager Software.
A major leap from the clunky Android interface, the new software makes managing your figure data a simple task. Simply place your N2 disc (formerly Amiiqo) on the USB reader and press the “Connect” button in the software. The left side of the program interface has buttons for all of the available functions while the right shows visual representations of all the figure data currently stored on your N2 Elite disc.
Once you’ve set the number of banks you want stored on your N2 Elite disc, simply double click a slot in the software and load the data from a file. It’s that easy!
- “Scan for Tag” will scan your device for any figure data stored on it.
- “Dump Amiibo” will read data from a figure and save it to a file.
- “Unlock” will unlock your N2 Elite disc for writing.
- “Set Bankcount” will set the number of banks (figures) available to be saved on the N2 Elite disc.
- “Lock” will lock your N2 Elite disc from being written to avoid overwrite mishaps.
The N2 disc can hold data for up to 200 figures! To use the data in game you have to switch banks using a small button on the disc itself. Since there is no visual display you have no idea which bank is currently selected. You will have to scan the disc in whatever game you are playing and wait for the figure to appear then keep pressing the button and re-scanning until you get the figure data you want. This can be tedious if you have lots of slots stored on the disc but I suppose it's better than lugging around dozens or hundreds of figures.
- New Windows/OSX software makes it super easy to use.
- Compact size allows you to carry up to 200 Amiibo figures in your shirt pocket.
- Works with any Amiibo compatible 3DS and Wii U software just like an original figure would.
- Switching banks to select figures using the disc in games is still somewhat clunky. Best to keep only a handful of banks available on the device to avoid confusion.
The N2 Elite provides a ton of value considering the price of Amiibo figures and the rarity of some characters. The addition of the USB reader/writer and new software really brings the device to life. It is much easier to use than the Android-based program originally offered and certainly better than what is offered by the competition (NaMiiO). The N2 team clearly knows what they are doing. They have also promised to release documentation and an SDK that will allow developers to repurpose the device themselves, truly making the sky the limit. I suspect advanced features such Skylander support, editing figure data such as stats, etc. will be possible sooner than later using this device. I will update this review as things progress in the NFC scene!
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