Following the constant problems faced by consumers since the launch of the amiibo range, Nintendo today released a statement apologising for the frustrating amiibo supply and promised to do better.
The amiibo supply shortage was highlighted last month, when GameStop’s website was brought down by a huge wave of Nintendo fans all trying to get their pre-orders down for the latest figures. With rumors mounting over the possibility of a silver Mario amiibo coming this month, the need for Nintendo to resolve the huge supply issue becomes an even greater issue.
Not only has the company promised to help prevent amiibo shortages from happening with future character releases, Nintendo says it plans to reissue some of the current out-of-stock toys in the future.
“As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.”
Following the release and subsequent shortage of the Marth amiibo in January, Nintendo issued a statement saying that they were planning on releasing more of the figure in the U.S. sometime during the rest of the year. The above statement seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing more of the other characters which saw a huge shortage. Wii Fit Trainer and Animal Crossing Villager anyone?
Finally the company highlighted ways in which it would help consumers keep up to date with when more supply and new waves of amiibo were coming. According to Nintendo “press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers” will all help consumers get their hands on their favourite characters.
The popularity of the amiibo figures as collectibles, as well as interactive toys has arguably had a large effect on the shortage of supply. Unfortunately when demand outweighs supply, scalpers take to eBay to take advantage of the shortage. Fingers crossed Nintendo sticks to their word and avid fans and collectors alike will no longer be ripped off for wanting to purchase their favourite character in amiibo form.
You can read Nintendo’s full statement here.
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