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Dark Pit

Large shipments of Dark Pit amiibo reported all across the US


This one shouldn't be too much trouble
Jul 29
// Brett Makedonski
Well, US-based amiibo collectors: it seems as if your hobby has gotten significantly less stressful since the wave 4 pre-order debacle. Despite the most recent partial wave being made up of two store exclusives, things aren't...
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amiibo madness, again

Palutena PSA: Exclusive amiibo up on Amazon in 15 minutes!


amiibo madness, again
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
Hello my amiibo amici. As we reported earlier this week, Amazon's exclusive Palutena amiibo will be available three hours from now (2PM Pacific). In three hours 15 minutes, when the doll is officially listed for sale, yo...
Mewtwo amiibo photo
Mewtwo amiibo

South African retailer says Mewtwo amiibo is coming in October


It's been accurate before
Jul 23
// Chris Carter
I feel like every few weeks a South African retailer spills the beans on a release date for a big gaming item, and this week, it's the Mewtwo amiibo. The online storefront of Raru has revealed a listing for "Mewtwo," set to a...

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amiibo

Everything you need to know to get a Palutena amiibo


This might actually go well
Jul 22
// Brett Makedonski
The first amiibo figure released as part of wave 5a is Palutena, and it's exclusive to Amazon. While retailer-exclusive amiibo have generally been a bad omen in the past, this has potential to actually work out for people who...
Mario Maker bundles photo
Mario Maker bundles

Nintendo announces three Super Mario Maker editions, two come with an amiibo


One is a hardware bundle
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker is arriving in just a few months, and Nintendo seems to be kicking up the promotion angle quite a bit. They've just announced that in Europe, it will get three bundles -- one is a 32GB black Wii U with a phy...
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Bigger in America

Animal Crossing amiibo cards get firmer dates, pack details


100 cards, different sizes by country
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
The first set of collectible cards with amiibo functionality are releasing at the end of this month, July 30, in Japan in conjunction with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. In Europe the cards launch October 2 alongside t...
Nintendo UK Happy Home photo
Nintendo UK Happy Home

Check out 30 minutes of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer


With slightly out of sync audio!
Jul 17
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo UK livestreamed the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for thirty minutes to show off how the game is played and drop new bits of information along the way.  Happy Home Designer will feature ove...
Palutena exclusive photo
Palutena exclusive

Palutena amiibo is an Amazon exclusive


Here we go again
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
While four of the five other major retailers have had multiple exclusive amiibo figures, Amazon's just now getting its first. Palutena, which makes up half of North America's wave 5a release, will only be available to order t...
Australia photo
Australia

Australia is getting an amiibo restock injection next week


Ike, Meta Knight, Shulk, and 'others'
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
Are you feeling the amiibo burn in Australia? You should have more luck next week, as Nintendo AU has announced that they are restocking select figures very soon. Examples provided include Ike, Meta Knight, and Shulk, as...
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amiibo > videogames

Nintendo: New Animal Crossing games were made because 'we just wanted amiibo'


Egg to chicken, amiibo to game
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
In an interview with USgamer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival creative lead Aya Kyogoku was asked if amiibo Festival was conceptualized as a game involving amiibo or if the ...
Mewtwo photo
Mewtwo

This might be our first look at the Mewtwo amiibo


Found at Comic-Con
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
We knew that every Smash Bros. character, DLC or not, would have an accompanying amiibo figure, but seeing it in the wild is something else entirely. Found at San Diego Comic-Con encased in glass by games writer Alan Lop...

That's it, I'm done with hardcore amiibo collecting

Jul 08 // Chris Carter
I know, it's dramatic, right? Declaring that I'm not going to collect a series of toys with this level of bravado? But here's the thing -- Nintendo had every opportunity to fix these issues along the way, and outside of recognizing the situation a handful of times over the past eight months or so, hasn't made any real efforts to patch things up. In fact, most of the time, it's oblivious to what's going on. It's getting so bad that in multiple regions, it has stopped shipping to the US due to the fact that scalpers and customers alike are basically leeching the entire stock, causing shortages all over the world. Here are some recent developments that gave me pause. More exclusives -- because it worked out so well in the past Right out of the gate, exclusive amiibo promotions were a bad idea, but they net a hefty profit for Nintendo, so they're going to keep happening -- this was unfortunately confirmed by a Nintendo representative late last year in a Reddit AMA. While other portions of the world don't have to deal with them, they've been increasingly annoying to handle in the US. I thought maybe with each increasing day Nintendo would learn a thing or two about customer satisfaction, but each wave comes with...well...a unique wave of disappointment. Just recently, Nintendo announced that Dark Pit would be exclusive to Best Buy, and that pre-orders would not be happening at all. This situation has "nope" written all over it. For the last wave, you had to basically choose what store you wanted to wait in front of overnight -- Target, or Toys"R"Us, to get the exclusive you wanted. I waited outside of a few retailers with friends for fun, but I'm not doing it every other month. There's too many damn amiibo Oh hey there's eight Animal Crossing amiibo now, in addition to the AR card line, none of which have release dates outside of "fall" and "holiday." Like Dark Pit and most of Wave 4, I doubt any of these will be available for pre-order. Then there's Chibo Robo, which you can only get by buying the entire game as a bundle. Then there's the rest of the Smash Bros. line, three Yoshi's Woolly World variants (that don't even come out in the US until the fall), two retro Mario variants (making this the fifth Mario variant), three amiibo for Miis, and two R.O.B. colorations. Eight Animal Crossing amiibo? Who asked for this? I mean, I get the need for Tom Nook and K.K. Slider figures, and maybe Mabel, but Cyrus and Dibby -- who are these people clamoring for these characters? I get that I don't have to buy them, but at this point Nintendo is just asking for over-saturation, while gating content out of their respective games unless you buy them. If they were easy to purchase it wouldn't be as big of a deal. Expensive cross-promotions? ::I'm out.gif:: It finally happened. Nintendo decided that exclusive retailer deals weren't lucrative enough, and struck a deal with Activision. At first, I was hesitant -- okay, so there's two amiibo total, and they work with both Nintendo and Activision products with a little switch on the bottom, cool! Then they announced that each figure would be exclusive to the expensive starter edition of the game. Shortly after, they announced "Dark" variants on top of that, for sale in the $99.99 editions of the game. Maybe I'll end up having them all eventually. I have a lot of great friends, and they've randomly gifted me amiibo in the past, and gave me a heads-up when figures go up for retail price. At this point though, I'm no longer making it my goal to "catch 'em all." Nintendo is a business first for sure, but it's bungled this situation beyond recognition. [Image via reddit]
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It's becoming a shit-show
I currently own every amiibo released in the US, including variants. It was very fun for a time, collecting them with friends, but it got increasingly less fun. I always said that I would stop when it got ridiculous, and lead...

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3DS

You can pre-order the 'old 3DS' NFC amiibo reader right now


Go go
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Nintendo has been stupidly silent on the NFC reader/writer accessory, which will allow "old" 3DS owners to use amiibo in their games. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that a number of 3DS games have supported the figures...
Fire Emblem Fates photo
Fire Emblem Fates

Fire Emblem Fates has straightforward amiibo functionality


A simple guest interaction
Jul 07
// Chris Carter
Fire Emblem fates will ship with amiibo support for Ike, Marth, Robin, and Lucina -- for the select few of you who were able to actually find them (I was one of the lucky few). According to Siliconera, they will all be m...
Skylanders amiibo photo
Skylanders amiibo

Get ready to drop a lot of cash on the Skylanders line, amiibo collectors


Very expensive variants
Jul 07
// Brett Makedonski
Those who collect amiibo are no stranger to the variant game. It was just this past spring when both Gold Mario and Silver Mario released -- the former significantly more sought-after than the latter. Two more variants were a...
Dark Pit photo
Dark Pit

Dark Pit amiibo is a Best Buy exclusive


Dark day for Dark Pit
Jul 01
// Brett Makedonski
More cheery news coming out of the amiibo world: Dark Pit will be exclusive to Best Buy. Instead of having the opportunity to snag him at one of five (or so) retailers, you have to deal with The Big Yellow Price Tag. This mor...
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amiibo for amiigos

Fire Emblem amiibo is first item ever sold on Amazon Mexico


I kind of love this
Jun 30
// Brett Makedonski
Amazon México finally opened its doors to selling physical goods this morning. For more than a year prior, it only dealt Kindle e-books. What was the first item ever sold once the servers went live? An amiibo from Fire...
Star Fox x amiibo photo
Star Fox x amiibo

Star Fox Zero won't lock content behind amiibo


Well, not gameplay content, anyways
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Unlike some of the addled fringe elements of Destructoid, I do not partake in amiibo. Recent Nintendo releases like Splatoon and Yoshi's Wooly World have locked certain gameplay bits behind Nintendo's line of collectable doll...
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Nintendo/Disney

Disney making pan-media partnership with Nintendo, according to rumour


Tarzan remake starring Donkey Kong
Jun 26
// Joe Parlock
Disney and Nintendo have never really had a good relationship. Sure there was Epic Mickey, but then Epic Mickey 2 was released on every platform. Then there was Wreck-It Ralph, which ­­only featured a few minor Ninten...
Toys to life photo
Toys to life

Toys-to-life games have a long way to go


Here's something to strive for
Jun 22
// Jordan Devore
Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, amiibo, and now LEGO Dimensions, I'm hearing an awful lot of talk about the "toys to life" category these days. That's fine, but nudge me when we can do this:
Yoshi's Woolly photo
Yoshi's Woolly

Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo allocation hits a bump in France


'Stock destroyed'
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
With all of the poor handling of amiibo from Nintendo, you'd think it couldn't get any worse, but then things like this happen. Following on the heels of an entire shipment of Splatoon amiibo (and copies of the game) bei...
amiibo at E3 photo
amiibo at E3

All of the upcoming amiibo, straight from the E3 show floor


All the views, none of the smells
Jun 16
// Brett Makedonski
Nintendo somehow managed to round up enough of these probably rare amiibo to put them in a glass case at E3. Lucky bastards. Do they even know how much these are worth? If Nintendo knew what it was doing, it'd sell those things on eBay. People are paying, like, sooooo much money for amiibo right now!
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E3

Please don't murder me, Donkey Kong


Seen @ E3 2015
Jun 16
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo's E3 2015 booth was dominated by huge lines for Star Fox Zero and a massive Super Mario Maker section but, tucked away toward the back, there was our old pal Donkey Kong sporting his new Skylanders SuperChargers look. Good lord!
Skylanders photo
Skylanders

Bowser and Donkey Kong amiibo confirmed as Skylanders crossovers


Coming in the new game later this year
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Nintendo announced during their E3 presentation today that Donkey Kong and Bowser will both be making their mark on the Skylanders franchise this year in figure form, to be playable within the game. The figure will be a...
More amiibo amigo photo
More amiibo amigo

8-bit Mario, Animal Crossing, and possibly other amiibo incoming


New Animal Crossing / Pikmin TBA?
Jun 14
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo of Europe have uploaded an image to its server a bit early revealing new series of amiibo, pictured above. 8-bit Mario would most likely be used for Mario Maker, and the Isabelle amiibo card is for Animal Crossing: H...
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amiibo

The R.O.B. amiibo will get region specific paint jobs


Famicom or NES flavors
Jun 14
// Jonathan Holmes
It looks like you amiibo completionists will have to do some importing in the near future. According to Amiibo News, the upcoming amiibo based on R.O.B. will come in both NES gray and Famicom red and white.  I've always ...
Amiibo News! photo
Amiibo News!

Game and Watch amiibo can change poses, Mii Fighters are coming


September is going to be amiibo hell
Jun 14
// Patrick Hancock
Mii amiibo on their way! Should they be called Miimibo? That sounds a bit like a name for a Gremlin from the movie Gremlins. Anyway, these amiibo work the same as traditional amiibo, and as you would expect, the Mii that is t...
Yoshi photo
Yoshi

Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi! Double Woolly Yoshi!


It's like a Doublemint Gum commercial
Jun 11
// Brett Makedonski
We've already known for a while now what Yoshi's Woolly World's amiibo support would look like. Tap one of your Smash amiibo on the GamePad, and turn into some sort of dinosaur Mario mashup. I can't condone it; it's alm...
amiibo party time! photo
amiibo party time!

What every amiibo looks like with a party hat


This is cute as all get-out
Jun 10
// Brett Makedonski
One year ago to the day, Nintendo unveiled amiibo at its E3 press conference. Since then, the tale of these little plastic figurines has been well-documented. Many of them are low in supply, they're stressful to find, an...
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amiibo

It looks like Lucas and Mewtwo are also getting amiibo


Start worrying now about finding Lucas
Jun 09
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Oops, looks like amiibo were confirmed a while ago. Still, the placeholders are new, indicating that something concrete may be imminent.] Nintendo's approach to the Smash Bros. line of amiibo has been simpl...

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