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.
@deathly_hallows 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@TriforceBun 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.
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.
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.
@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!