Nintendo is arguably the most popular company in gaming. From their humble beginnings to the household name that they are today, it appears that Nintendo has done everything right. While that statement can certainly be debated, there is no question Nintendo has been incredibly successful. With that being said, Nintendo has had a very hard time with the supply of their most popular products. Some of the popular products that Nintendo has had difficulty keeping in stock, at least as far as I remember, are the Wii, the Wii U, and the very popular Amiibos. While I still find it hard to believe that Nintendo didn’t plan properly for the releases of the Wii and Wii U, I am among many in being very disappointed and annoyed in not being able to find, or being able to afford, the Amiibo that I would like. So where’s my Amiibo Nintendo?
Last week, a friend of mine sent me a message saying that he had just purchased his first Amiibo. He told me that he got a Yoshi from Target for only $7. I thought that was awesome. Later in the conversation, I revealed that the only Amiibo I wanted was Little Mac. He then went on to wish me good luck and told me that it was $80 on Amazon. Today, he is selling for $90 on Amazon. Chump change, right? That is a little less than 7 times its original price of $12.99 and is mind numbingly ridiculous. What’s worse is that Little Mac is not the only Amiibo whose price is much higher than its original retail price. Mega Man, Samus, Toad, Captain Falcon, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Marth, Villager, Shulk, Pikachu, Sonic, Lucario, Fox, Rosalina & Luna, Pitt, Charizard, Kirby, Metaknight, Dedede, Ike, Robin, and Lucina are all listed as more than $12.99 on Amazon. I’m also not accounting for shipping and handling. That means that a huge majority of the cast of the new Super Smash Bros will cost you more than they should and that is ridiculous. Now one can say that they are extremely popular and that is why they are so rare and expensive. I disagree with that and place the blame solely on Nintendo, who clearly did not make enough of their product. I can understand if their major game consoles succumb to this problem. Sure, you can miscalculate how popular your brand new game consoles will be. I can also understand how the same thing can happen with smaller products. Amiibo, however, are small, cheap pieces of plastic that cost a measly $12.99 and are used to expand on specific parts in certain games, a feature that many people won’t even use them for. Well, I digress. I just feel like Nintendo should be doing much better than this. It’s one thing when the items are limited edition. Sure I was disappointed when the Majora’s Mask New 3DS sold out prior to the New 3DS’ release, but was fully aware of the fact that it would because it was a limited edition. Maybe that’s the fix to all of Nintendo’s stock problems. Just call everything limited edition! Or send us more of what we want. I know that Nintendo doesn’t owe me, or you, anything, but I really love Nintendo and I love their products. I’ve spent a large amount of my life constantly arguing that Nintendo is awesome and that the seventeenth Mario is different than the sixteenth. I honestly just feel that, this time, Nintendo is completely at fault for not making enough of their product.
Anyways, this is a problem that needs to be fixed because, if it isn’t, it will keep on happening. I love you Nintendo and would rather have nothing else come between us. Only you can prevent Amiibo shortages! Luckily, more Amiibo are expected to arrive at retailers following the latest Nintendo Direct. In addition, new Amiibo are expected to be released into the deep, dark abyss that is the public. We’ll have to just hope that, this time, there will be enough, cheap pieces of plastic for all of us.