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Nintendo Direct, January 14, 2015 9 AM EST - "Focus on Spring '15 3DS & Wii U Games"
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January 13, 2015, 06:45:06

I said we were due for one!

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It would be nice if they, at some point, sold these characters in a bundle. Since amiibo are obviously not always going to be readily available, how are late adopters going to be able to access these? For a hugely popular game like Smash, Marth ran out relatively quickly. Now you have Lucina, Ike and Robin added to the mix who are bound to become rare at some point if Marth did. Sure, Marth is getting a reprint but I still doubt the stock is going to be anything big just to support a niche game like Code Name Steam. At least with selling them separately you please both amiibo collectors and those who still wish to experience the game with the Fire Emblem characters.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 18:37:01  - Edited by 
 on: 01/15/15, 18:38:39
Agreed, selling bundles by franchise would be awesome, seems like a no brainer.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 19:15:01

Oh I meant more as an in-game bundle purchase to make these characters available. Not an actual amiibo bundle.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 19:17:30
Oh I was thinking they could sell like 3 or 4 packs with characters grouped by franchise, but that's a good idea too.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 19:20:30
I'll be shocked if that doesn't happen eventually, after the initial waves of Amiibo have been released and all that's really left for them to do is release stuff related to specific games that come along later.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 19:49:02
Nintendo have talked about releasing cards with the amiibo functionality, so they could release bundles packs of cards for cheaper for the people who don't want figures and just want the functionality. Still a sucky situation, but cheaper than having to buy figures. And less clutter.

Posted by 
 on: 01/15/15, 21:40:48

It's by definition not the full experience.

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 01:06:22
@Mop it up

While that is somewhat better it still doesn't get at the core issue of me having to buy something I otherwise wouldn't want to get at content that was developed and put in the game prior to it being launched.

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 01:17:21
Hinph said:
Was anybody else annoyed by the introduction video during the Direct yesterday? .

A little. Although my reaction was "I already have this, I don't care. Show me something NEW" .

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 01:36:41  - Edited by 
 on: 01/16/15, 01:39:46
I think they should at least have a little extra for people who don't have a specific amiibo. I don't have any Kirby amiibos but maybe my other ones could activate something neat in the new game.

I love my amiibos from a little toy standpoint. They look awesome. But the last thing I'll find myself doing is "OMG I need this DLC I'm going to go get a Fox amiibo."

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 19:14:19  - Edited by 
 on: 01/16/15, 19:16:16

This is an excellent post and you make a lot of good points. Smash, Kirby and MK8's usage of amiibo is fine, but HW's Spinner and STEAM's characters are more frustrating uses of it. Jury's still out on MP10. I hope this doesn't become a big "thing" with Nintendo games moving forward, but after that Direct, it looks like we'll be seeing more and more of it.

Apparently, amiibo sold 2.4 million units in the US last year! That's more than MK8, and almost TWICE that of Smash Wii U! And keep in mind that these things only hit stores in late November, so...we'll probably be seeing a lot more amiibo stuff in the near future. The frustration of not getting a character you want was just the beginning--expect hard-to-find stuff all-around for the rest of the year.

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 19:59:36
But they only cost like 12 bucks. Not sure why people are comparing the sales of a game to some plastic figures.

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 20:59:11

Sure, it's comparing two different things, but for a company like Nintendo who's MO is video games, it's surprising to me that they've made a toy line that's selling that well. And it's even more impressive when you consider that it's hard to find these things.

Posted by 
 on: 01/16/15, 22:12:49

Yea and the profit ratio is lower since it costs more to manufacture an amiibo than a game. And even lower compared to downloadable games.

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 01:24:21  - Edited by 
 on: 01/17/15, 01:24:45

Not sure about that. It depends on the game. Obviously when we are talking about printing a game or whatever that is rather cheap but the real cost is developing the game. Amiibos have nothing close to that kind of initial financial commitment.

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 01:49:30
I'm not necessarily disputing their success, but the sales don't really sound astronomical or anything to me.

Like, just how big of a success are they? I heard that those 2 million add up to about $30 million in profit, which sounds okay, but a drop in the bucket for a company like Nintendo which deals with billions of dollars.

They're just starting though, and it's only one region, but the future is not set for these things. The hype could fizzle out, and I'm not sure if the hype is really mainstream yet.

Those were holiday sales too, so to me the number just doesn't sound all that high.

But I could be wrong, I have no dog in this fight. Actually, I do, cuz I want Nintendo to succeed.

It sounds like they didn't BOMB though, so that's great.

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 02:40:22
GameDadGrant said:
The Majora's Mask system is awesome. But I gotta admit, I like the stylish look of the Monster Hunter 4 ULTIMATE system, too.

Which one to get?!? I don't know...!

Well, it seems this decision has been made for me, since I wasn't able to secure a MM N3DS, but I genuinely like the look of that Monster Hunter one as well, and it comes with a (DL) copy of the game, so there's that.

I will express my frustration, though, with this continuing trend of Nintendo releasing products that are barely available for purchase. Kinda starting to drive me nuts. I want to walk into a store and buy stuff, simple as that.

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 05:59:22

Yeah. The lesson learned here is; when Nintendo says something is a *Limited Edition* - they freaking mean it!

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 15:54:01
Well, my heart was sent aflutter at the beginning with the LOOKS HD TO ME Fire Emblem footage, only to have my chest STOMPED ON with disgusting Final-Fantasy-VII-Playstation-overworld-pixel-junk 3DS fight screen, and no mention of the Wii U. Just devastating.

Why has there been no more mention whatsoever of Fire Emblem x SMT? And FE just had Awakening not too long ago, where is the Wii U love? They better be priming up Monster Hunter 4 for the Wii U, too..

The sadness was delivered this morning..Directly to me.

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 22:02:11
@GameDadGrant That depends. The Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition sold over 2 million copies, which is obviously not very limited. But then again, the term "limited" is relative, and I s'pose 2 million isn't much for a Mario game!

Posted by 
 on: 01/17/15, 22:11:15
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