As if the status on rare Amiibo (Amiibos? Amiibi?) wasn’t murky enough, Shigeru Miyamoto has given some details on his vision for their future. Spoiler alert: We still don’t know any new information on how they will be utilized, or whether the rarity of certain figures will be addressed in new production runs.
Talking with the Associated Press, Miyamoto had this to say about the future of the often impossible-to-find toys:
“We’re not making promises for certain figures, but the way “amiibo” is designed is that certain games can have “amiibo” specifically for that game. Other games can take advantage of past “amiibo” that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain “amiibo” figures are no longer available in stores, to release an “amiibo” in card form with the same functionality.”
So Nintendo has released a product in extremely short supply, and have made no efforts to meet the demand. Scalpers are currently selling Amiibo for upwards of $100 on sites like eBay (the original MSRP is $13). As a response, they might release…cards? I have to say, my disappointment is almost immeasurable. Sure, the toys aren’t necessary or even substantive for the games they support, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo hasn’t completely dropped the ball on this. A card isn’t nearly as cool to collect as a figure, and when you’re paying $10 for essentially a single piece of DLC, it’s nice to have something physical to go with it.
So what do you think? Is Nintendo handling Amiibo properly? Do you even care? Let me know! I’ve managed to snag a couple I wanted, but the Villager is still eluding me at a reasonable price.