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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.

Appearance

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.

Game appearances

Samba de Amigo

Amigo made his debut in Samba de Amigo for the arcade and Dreamcast with a lineup of catchy Latin tunes to shake his maracas to. A number of downloadable songs from the Sonic the Hedgehog series were also included in the Dreamcast version.

Original game

Samba de Amigo Ver.2000

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

After beating every mission in Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the player unlocks Amigo as a new playable character, along with NiGHTS and Billy Hatcher. Amigo does not speak; his only communication is through the shaking of his maracas. His right maraca has a Gravity Band on it which allows him to use Gravity Control and Gravity Dive.

  • Type: Speed
  • Gear: Rhythm Machine
  • 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.

Home Court: Carnival Park

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

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.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, his dune buggy gets replaced by a giant toy wooden train. It transforms into a paddle boat for the water and a 1940's fighter plane for air racing. His home tracks are Samba Studios and Sunshine Tour, the latter being from the previous All-Stars Racing game.

Samba de Amigo (Wii)

Sonic and Amigo dancing in Samba De Amigo Wii

Amigo throws a party for his friend Sonic in Green Hill Zone. In this level of Samba de Amigo Wii, Sonic, Amigo, the Chao and others shake it to "Mambo No. 5" and other party tunes.

Trivia

  • His name is the masculine Spanish 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 cameo on the cover of Sonic X #15 as a toy.

  • Amigo has also made a cameo in the Sonic X comics. As Doctor Eggman is impersonating Santa Claus on the cover of Sonic X #15, he has Sonic captured in a large green sack full of toys. Directly behind Sonic is Amigo's cameo as a large articulated action figure with maraca accessories. Also making cameos are Storm the Albatross and Bark the Polar Bear.
  • The ages of most Sega characters are usually displayed in human years only (for instance, Sonic is 15 years old). However, Amigo's age is specifically in monkey years, and it has not been officially revealed in human years, which is a rare case.

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