Amigo (アミーゴ) is a Mexican stereotype orange monkey that likes to play with his maracas. He is the star of Sonic Team's game Samba de Amigo and is a regular in the SEGA mascot lineup. His name is Spanish for friend, as is his sister's name. 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 not the brightest bulb in the refrigerator. Amigo has a very clear friendship with Sonic the Hedgehog though the origin of their relationship is unknown. He also has a sister known as Amiga.
Amigo was born into poverty to a family in the rural mountains of an unnamed region. His sister, Amiga, left home to start her career at a young age, but Amigo stayed with his parents.
One day, when Amigo was in town running a few errands for his parents, he saw a pair of maracas in a store window. The shop owner reluctantly allowed Amigo to shake them, and Amigo, after getting a burning sensation he had never felt before after shaking them, bought the maracas (presumably out of his saved up money).
At some point after the Amigo got the maracas, he made the decision to leave home and raise money by playing the maracas in order to support his family. During his travels, he met the other characters shown in Samba de Amigo (Rio, Linda, Bingo, Bongo, Chumba, Wamba, Mr Cactus and Mr Pose) and earned the nickname Great Maracas King. According to images shown in the background of some Samba De Amigo stages and some stages as well show that some of the following may have happened as well:
- Amigo develops a liking to disco music,
- Samba de Amigo members go to space (or perform at a space-themed concert),
- Amigo gets a maraca-shaped hoverboard and moonlights as a stupid-looking superhero,
- Amigo throws Sonic a birthday party, and/or
- Amigo guest-stars on "Ulala's Swingin' Report Show!"
After a long period of time spent travelling, Amigo returns home to his family, where his sister is waiting for him, wanting to join his group. Amigo accepts, and the group goes on to become famous.
At some point after Amiga joins, Amigo has the honor of having a theme park named after him.
Samba de AmigoEdit
Amigo made his debut in Samba de Amigo on the Arcade and the Dreamcast with a line up of great music to shake his maracas to. A number of downloadable songs from the Sonic the Hedgehog series were included in the Dreamcast version.
Original Version contains
- Open Your Heart (Sonic Adventure)
- Super Sonic Racing (Sonic R)
- Sonic - You Can Do Anything (Sonic CD)
Samba de Amigo Ver.2000, a slight upgrade, also includes:
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 the gravity control powers.
- Type: Speed
- Gear: Rhythm Machine
- Attack: Amigo starts running and shaking his maracas quickly, attacking his foes with them and stunning them temporarily.
In the intro video of SEGA Superstars Tennis, Amigo being the ultimate team player, 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. Besides being a little embarrassed, Amigo was just fine.
Superstar Special: Bamboleo de Maracas – Amigo becomes insanely happy in this state – so happy in fact, that he has to party! Not only does the ball shoot off in a strange direction to throw the opponent off, but the court also becomes filled with lots of shaking maracas, obstructing a return ball.
Home Court: Carnival Park
Samba de Amigo (Wii)Edit
Amigo appears in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, driving around in a Maraca-shaped dune buggy called the Sun Buggy, with a Amigo inspired paint job, a 38 sticker with a sun on it and Nacho-like triangles on it's thin tyres. 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 hypnotising them into a conga line. At the end, the move makes them spin out.
In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, his dune buggy gets replaced by a giant windup wooden train (possibly putting the Cha-Cha Train to a literal use) with the transformations making it a paddle boat for a boat & turning it into a 1940's fighter plane for air racing. His home tracks are Samba Studios and Sunshine Tour, the latter being from the previous game.
- In Sonic Adventure 2, if you look on the green street signs at Radical Highway, there is a street named Amigo. It is not known if it is named after Amigo or if it is a coincidence.
- In Sonic Riders, at Sega Carnival, the stage starts out in a city based off of the Samba de Amigo series. If you go straight until you pass the wall that you can break with Amigo's face on it, you will see (and hear) a crowd of Samba de Amigo characters and Amigo will be in the crowd playing his maracas.
- 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 "Samba Hat". The hat can be placed on a Mii and who 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 has also made a cameo in the Sonic X comics. As Doctor Eggman is impersonating Santa Claus in 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 articulate 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 hasn't been officially revealed in human years, which is a rare case.
- Also unlike most characters, Amigo (as well as most other characters from his game) has only 4 digits on each hand rather than 5.
- In Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, there is a gameplay mechanic that is copied from Samba De Amigo. With the fact that both games were created by Sega, this was probably a deliberate reference.
- To add to this, the song used for this part of the game was "Vamos A Carnival", which was featured in Samba De Amigo.