Some Amiibo are hard to find, Anita Sarkissian is doing an amazing job revolutionizing the gaming industry, water is wet. Now, one of the previous statements was a lie, but admittedly it could be hard to distinguish between fact and fiction when water is such an illustrious bastard who refuses to let their true identity reveal itself to the public. Yes, it is a known fact that Amiibo can be ridiculously hard to come by which has led some collectors to importing them from Japan while others are willing to shell out upwards of twenty, even thirty dollars just to get a figure of the Wii Fit Trainer in order to make said Trainer their slave in combat. Which is, in fact, one of the best uses of Amiibo as they do have many others outside of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. These uses being lesser tasks such as unlocking trial versions of Virtual Console titles, or using them to roll a dice in a video game barely anyone purchased because sweet baby Jesus why would any logical person buy an “Animal Crossing” based party game that does not have the same infuriating mechanics as the “Mario Party” franchise and relies heavily on the usage of Amiibo without the fun of them bludgeoning each other to the absolute death? Because of this fact, it is not a surprise that the Amiibo related to said game have dropped down drastically in value to the point where some are near fifty percent off their original price while being brand new.
Tangent aside, there is no better word to explain the Amiibo shortage in the United States than crisis. Nintendo chose to manufacture absurd amounts of Mario and Pikachu Amiibo while others such as Rosalina & Luma can be absurdly hard to come by. However, the blame can not be placed entirely on Nintendo as they did not even realize, along with many other gamers, the level of popularity Amiibo reached as the initial reveal was somewhat lackluster for some who saw it as a quick and easy cash grab similar to Disney Infinity. It also makes sense to focus on characters such as Link and Luigi as they both come from wildly successful franchises whereas the Wii Fit Trainer can most definitely be seen as more of a niche character which ironically led to her popularity. Thankfully, Nintendo has also been doing an adequate job at restocking some of these figures such as the Splatoon 3-Pack which had the exclusive Squid Amiibo and was previously hard to come by.
Speaking of which, another piece of the puzzle that is Amiibo purchasing, lies in the store exclusivity of the figures. For example, Bowser Jr. is exclusive to Toys R Us, while Shulk can only be found by going to one’s local Gamestop if online purchasing is not an option. Meanwhile new Amiibo are coming in rapidly adding to the growing total due to their overwhelming success, which is quite impressive considering they were Wii U exclusive for a lengthy period of time and as most know the Wii U has not been extremely successful in terms of sales while the 3DS has done quite well for itself. However, the 3DS only recently received Amiibo support by either purchasing the newest model which has the compatibility built it, or by purchasing an external device to place the Amiibo on so it will be intriguing to see how this is utilized in the near future.
How do you feel about the Amiibo crisis plaguing America? Have you ever felt victimized or alienated by the shortage of Amiibo? Make sure to leave a comment below to share your woes!