Nintendo is already discontinuing some of its Amiibo figurines, it has been announced.
Amiibo, which launched back in November, are Nintendo’s interactive figurines with the ability to connect to various Wii U games such as Mario Kart 8 and the newly released Super Smash Bros. The figurines seem to be doing fairly well so far, but would-be buyers have started to notice a strange trend – some figurines have started to disappear from both retail outlets and online.
Nintendo confirmed to Wired that this was actually deliberate, rather than simply a case of low stock and high demand. The company doesn’t plan on shipping any more of several types of the Amiibo figurines after the “initial shipment.” (it isn’t clear which ones these are yet).
“We will aim for certain Amiibo to always be available,” Nintendo said in a statement. “These will be for our most popular characters like Mario and Link. Due to shelf space constraints, other figures likely will not return to the market once they have sold through their initial shipment.”
A Nintendo representative also told Wired that the company unfortunately did not plan on revealing any further details on which Amiibo figures would be always available, and which would be phased out. What does this mean for the general prices of Amiibos? Well, certain figures’ prices have jumped significantly since launch (some starting at $12.99 are now selling for around $70) and will now most likely skyrocket.
Amiibos aren’t the only products that are disappearing from shelves. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U gives players the option to use the original GameCube controllers provided they have a special adaptor. The adaptor sold out in many retail locations just minutes after the game launched and have been notoriously difficult to find ever since (the $20 adapter now fetches over $100 on eBay. ). This is down to an unforeseen high demand, rather than an actual strategic plan from Nintendo (who have not yet commented on this issue).
Ewan Moore reviewed Super Smash Bros for Wii U, scoring it an “essential” 10/10. “Super Smash Bros is what Nintendo has always been about, regardless of what their detractors may say”, he wrote. “Simply put, Super Smash Bros for Wii U is fun.”