Amiibo and Club Nintendo aren't worth it. Club Nintendo didn't have good enough free Virtual Console games and the known accessories are complete junk.
We’re right in the middle of a storm.
Nintendo botched it big time when it came to stocking the new Amiibo
figures with any sort of sense, with such ridiculous, half-assed
explanations it isn’t unreasonable to assume the supplies are scarce on
purpose. The moment folks got wind of certain Amiibo figures being hard
to get, the scalpers and desperate consumers declared war and dumb
things are happening as a result. People are now importing Amiibo,
re-selling them for several times the retail price and of course paying
several times the retail price. Other people are just unhappy and/or
disappointed. Add in children, a huge part of the Nintendo fanbase to
the equation, and things just get sad.
When you get caught up in a
craze like this, it’s easy to forget what’s important. Like, for
example, if the damn things are even worth buying. Maybe you’re a fan of
the whole NFC thing as a genre, and know exactly what you’re getting
into. Maybe you couldn’t care less about Skylanders or Disney Infinity,
but the adorable Nintendo characters are shooting daggers into your
heart. Either way, buying into this stuff is a hell of an investment
depending on your approach, and it’s absolutely worth discussing how
you’re going to justify drop-kicking somebody’s mom to get a hold of
Best Buy’s last Little Mac. Here are a few talking points.
is definitely a factor for anything, but the scarcity and instability
of the secondhand market right now is making these things fluctuate
everywhere but the unreliable retail locations. If you can find what you
want at Toys R Us though, you can do pretty well. At least for the
holidays, you get a slight discount when you buy two Amiibo figures.
Normally, they’re $12.99 each. That’s pretty good in terms of NFC
figures; Disney Infinity toys are a few dollars more. If you want to
import to get the more hard to find Amiibo, you’re probably looking at
around 20 bucks and shipping. The secondhand market is nutty, going as
far as 50 dollars or more for the rare figures, like Marth. Do not pay
more than around 20 dollars for an Amiibo. Do not pay more than around
20 dollars for an Amiibo. You will be disappointed.
Amiibo seem prone to factory defects and paint issues. This makes
pre-ordering thoroughly unappealing, which is awful considering how
that’s going to be the only option for a lot of these things, unless
they get restocked later. It’s still vague as to whether or not that’s
going to happen, and to what capacity. Thanks, Nintendo! That said, when
you get one without any problems, they’re pretty cool. Don’t expect the
same level of artistry as the Disney Infinity figures, however. Those
things are amazing. Amiibo are still nice pieces, and some of them have a
lot of neat little details, like Peach. Some of the less complicated
characters, such as Little Mac, are going to be a little boring if
you’re not into the character or franchise. It’s also worth nothing the
stands on some of these figures. Some of them are a hideous shade of
yellow for no clear reason, and others just have them in visually
awkward places. Mileage may vary on characters like Link and Captain
Here’s the big one. In terms of actual, NFC
video games thingy function, Amiibo are… kinda garbage. Especially
compared to the competition. Right now, three games are Amiibo
compatible: Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and of course, Super Smash
Bros. for Wii U. In the first two, Amiibo simply unlock some in-game
items, mostly cosmetic. Using the Link Amiibo in Hyrule Warriors does
net you a new weapon, but the others just give you a random item. In
Mario Kart 8, you get outfits for the Mii racer depending on which
characters you use (not all of them are compatible). The functionality
in Smash Bros. is a bit more elaborate, with the Amiibo becoming
trainable A.I. which you can customize and fight with.
going to make or break Amiibo is how Nintendo supports them after Smash
Bros. When you look at Skylanders or Disney Infinity, you can
immediately see the value. Buying a figure gives you tangible in-game
content. If you pick up Hulk, you can play as Hulk. When you bust your
ass to find a Little Mac, you could already play as him in Smash Bros.
Unfortunately, with all the artificial scarcity going on, it’s hard to
imagine a game revolving around the figures working out very well. If
Amiibo continue to unlock alternate costumes and items, that doesn’t sit
well with me either.
What does “Amiibo” even mean, anyway?
I’d be willing to argue that without the supply issues, Amiibo probably
wouldn’t be the hot topic it is now. Does that mean Nintendo didn’t
have enough confidence in the gimmick to hit the ground running with it?
Who knows. What we do know is, they don’t actually do much, despite
being neat little figures. If you’re into collecting things, by all
means these are some of the best Nintendo-themed trinkets money can
currently buy (for a generally affordable price, no less). Otherwise, if
you want to see what NFC figure gaming is all about, those Disney
Infinity figures are super nice, and do a lot more for you. You can
also, like, find all of them in stores.