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Fighting the Amiibo Addiction

On 01/10/2015 at 11:05 PM by Raised_on_Nintendo

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Hey, everyone!  Happy 2015!

While I haven't been gaming as much as I used to, and consequently lacking video game related topics to talk about, I have been loyally chipping away on the Wii U.  Mario Kart 8 is still my most-played game, however I did purchase a couple games over the past month: Wii Sports Club and Super Smash Brothers: Wii U.

Wii Sports Club was a long term impulse buy for me.  After trying out the 72-hour demo (24 + bonus 48) the online play had me hooked.  Not having online play included with the Wii version just killed me at that time.  It made no sense.  Well, maybe it did in a weird Nintendo kind of way, encouraging in-person fun and lively living room parties as opposed to lonely quiet wifi sessions.  Either way, I would have played the crap out of it then, and now that it's here I had to have it, following through on a 8-year old demand.  I also like the fact that I could purchase passes for the sports I want to play ($19.98 for Tennis and Bowling) instead of full price for the entire game.

Smash U was a pure impulse purchase for me.  I had no intention of getting this game, at least at full price.  That was until I discovered a Nintendo themed podcast that kept praising the game.  Over and over I listened to gamers gush over this game.  It was infectious.  I was a good boy in 2014.  Very disciplined.  Didn't buy many games.  Buying  Smash would be my reward!

I haven't had much time to play Smash, but I like it.  I'm more of a D-pad fighter controller kind of guy, so I'm struggling a bit with the Wii U Gamepad's sensitive analog LS (running when I want to walk, stuff like that).  That's okay.  I'm in no rush to complete this game.  The plethera of unlockables will be discovered and consumed slowly and carefully while I choose fighters to master and opponents online to dominate.

Smash Wii U enthusiasm, though, shouldn't, nay, CAN'T exist without a touch of Amiibo fever.  The decision was made simultaneously:  I will buy Smash U, and I will buy 3 Amiibos.  I picked up Mario and Link (characters that appear in more games, hopefully allowing Amiibo connection to more games), and Yoshi for my sister.

Overall, I like Amiibos.  Although a basic concept in theory - an overglorified microchip communicates with the console, unlocking exclusive features - after buying a few, holding them in my hands, seeing how nice they look, and yes, hearing enthusiastic podcasters boast about their complete collections, I felt the urge to have them all.

I know I'm not going to do it, but it would be soooooo cool to have the entire collection.  I'm a little late to the game.  2 waves of Amiibo releases have come and gone, with preorders for rare figurines in the upcoming 3rd wave already sold out.  There is no way I could complete a collection without paying above market value for the rare pieces.  If I was commited to the cause since release day, though, I just might have done it.  And I might have gone beyond that... some of the rare Amiibos are selling above 400% retail value.  

On one hand I'm upset about the tactic of limited edition products.  There isn't enough to go around.  And on the other hand I understand and appreciate it.  While perhaps not the intended causality, throwing "endangered" characters into the mix stokes the passion for "saving" them.  Want a limited piece?  Better buy it right away, or it will be "extinct" forever.

At any rate, the accumulative price for collecting all these figures is too high for me to take seriously.  I just can't afford it.  Oh wait!  is that a Wii Fit Tainer figure I see?  How much!?  Gimme gimme gimme!!!




Cary Woodham

01/10/2015 at 11:17 PM

I have all the Amiibos so far.  I will have all of Wave 3 except for the exclusive ones at Target, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.  I wish I could get them, though.  It's going to be tough.


01/11/2015 at 03:24 AM

I looked at the Amiibos at Gamestop the other week. They look really good.

Super Step Contributing Writer

01/11/2015 at 08:15 AM

Yeah, Nintendo has come up with an addicting collectible people will love to buy and made rare ones which will skyrocket in price. Pokemon Trading Cards 2.0. 


01/11/2015 at 06:11 PM

I kind of wish I'd jumped on some of the rarer Amiibos when they first came out, like Shulk or Ike. Wouldn't mind having Link and Zelda with my love of all things Zelda.

Captain N

01/11/2015 at 06:20 PM

I only have 2 amiibos so far, Link and Samus. I really wanted Captain Falcon but missed out on it along with Fox and Marth. Rosalina and Shulk are my most wanted so far, I have Shulk pre-ordered but Rosalina will be a challenge because online and in-store orders will go live the day the wave 3 amiibos launch so I have to be ready. I wish I could collect them all but I'm only going to buy the ones I really want.


01/17/2015 at 01:43 AM

As long as you get the figures with the most common games released like Mario, Link, Kirby, etc. I think you're all set for interactivity. One thing that bothered me from the last Nintendo Direct was that you can use Marth and Ike in Code Steam, but Marth is rare and they have to re-release it again. This actually bothers me as there is not other options to experience this possibility through app purchases. Also, getting all Fire Emlem characters announced is gonna cost like $50? 


01/23/2015 at 02:36 PM

I'm not sure if I'd get into the craze myself. I'm having a hard time as it is justifying buying games! let alone statues for the games in question. As if DLC wasn't bad enough! but from a pure market standpoint it is a stroke of genius. Afterall Skylanders and Disney are doing it. It's only a matter of time when we might see pokemon take it on. Gotta catch'em all will take on a while new meaning when that happens!


01/26/2015 at 06:49 PM

good point @ pokemon.  will an amiibo be released for every pokemon?  that's a lot!  i broke down and bought more amiibos...   i'm hooked.

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