Amigo (アミーゴ,Amīgo?) is an orange monkey who likes to dance and play the maracas. He is the star of Sonic Team's Samba de Amigo, a rhythm game featuring popular Latin music. He is a regular in the Sega mascot lineup.
Amigo is a monkey boy who dreams of being a great maraca player. He is hyperactive, and can get so caught up in the Latin rhythm that he cannot stop shaking his maracas. His favorite food is baked bananas, the specialty of his hometown. He is very talented in music and is a team player, but is not the brightest around. He also has a sister named Amiga.
Amigo is an anthropomorphic monkey with brownish-orange fur, peach skin and blue eyes. There are lavender and blue earrings on his left ear. He wears a sombrero with a green and red zigzag pattern on the brim, and a red bandana around his neck. He sports a green jacket with a red diamond pattern, as well as blue jean shorts. Unlike many other characters, Amigo (as well as most other characters from his game) has only 4 digits on each hand rather than 5.
He is usually shown carrying his signature maracas, which are red and have the same green and red zigzag pattern found on his sombrero.
Attack: Amigo starts running and shaking his maracas quickly, attacking his foes with them and stunning them temporarily.
Sega All-Stars series
Sega Superstars Tennis
In the intro video of Sega Superstars Tennis, Amigo dives off a cliff to hit the tennis ball. He is quickly rescued by a blue streak which we later learn was Sonic the Hedgehog. Amigo is then seen to be embarrassed at being saved.
Superstar State: Bamboleo de Maracas – In the Superstar State cutscene, Amigo brings out his maracas and excitedly shakes them. When he hits the ball, it is returned in an erratic zigzag pattern. The other side of the court also becomes filled with large floating maracas, which will briefly stun the opponent if touched.
Amigo appears in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, driving around in a Maraca-shaped dune buggy called the Sun Buggy, with an Amigo inspired paint job and a sun sticker with the number 38 in it. His All-Star Move is called Samba de Party, which involves him shaking his maracas madly, while his buggy speeds ahead of the other racers, with the shaking effectively hypnotizing them into a conga line. At the end, the move makes them spin out. In the Nintendo DS and mobile versions of the game, Samba de Party only makes the other racers dance, slowing them down drastically while increasing his own speed.
His name is the masculine Spanish/Portuguese word for friend, while his sister Amiga's name is the feminine form of the word.
In Sonic Adventure 2, there is a street named "Amigo" among the green street signs in Radical Highway. It is not known if it is named after Amigo or if this is a coincidence.
In Sonic Riders, at Sega Carnival, the stage starts out in a city based on the Samba de Amigo franchise. If the player goes straight until they pass the breakable wall with Amigo's face on it, a crowd of Samba de Amigo characters and Amigo playing his maracas can be seen and heard.
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, there is a stylish reference to Amigo. In the boutique, players may purchase Amigo's hat which is labeled as the "Samba Hat". The hat can be placed on a Mii and can then be used in any event. There is also a suit called "Samba Suit" but it is a traditional salsa suit and does not directly relate to Amigo.
Amigo's age is given in "monkey years", unlike most Sega characters whose ages are usually displayed in human years (Sonic being 15, for instance). The conversion between monkey years and human years is unknown.