The video game company Nintendo has been trying to find ways back into the hearts and wallets of their fans, what better way to do so than with tons of collectible figures that interact with their video games. The roster of Super Smash Bros. characters is 49 characters long, at about $13.00 per figure an entire collection seems daunting, especially when they are released in segmented portions. This guide is designed explain, inform, and offer guidance for those on the hunt for their favorite characters.
What Are Amiibo?
A figure that stores data and can be used with the Nintendo Wii U to create a character on-screen. Certain Amiibo work with certain games (pictures below). They are similar to Skylanders toys except they work for multiple games. The entire Super Smash Bros. cast will eventually be released, and other games will also have Amiibo representation. When used in Smash, an Amiibo creates a representation of their character that can be trained and fought against, their moves and stats can both be customized.
How Do Amiibo Work?
They use Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology so that the Wii U gamepad can read the chip in the circular base of the figure. The Amiibo figures can interact with two different types of games, Read/Write games, which require domination over the figures data space, and Read-Only games (such as Mario Kart 8), which can use the Amiibo to unlock something without overwriting the data already on the figure. If the chip in the case were bigger this might not be a problem, but it is unlikely they will get bigger than their current 8kb.
The first Amiibo wave not focused on Super Smash Bros. will be coming out as well. The pack includes Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and Toad. This pack is designed for the upcoming Mario Party. Figures that are on both games, such as Mario and Luigi can not be used on multiple games unless their data is erased, if the character is apart of both games it can be used on either though. Here is the first wave of characters frofm Smash.
The reason the guide exists because the majority of figures will be hard to find once they have finished their initial release. Certain popular characters like Link and Mario will be easy to find, they will see multiple releases and in some cases different models.
At this point in time the first two waves of Amiibo have been released. The first wave released November 21 and included Villager, Fox, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Marth, Kirby, Wii Trainer, Samus, Peach, Mario and Pikachu.
The second wave released through the second half of December and included Little Mac, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Zelda, Captain Falcon and Pit.
The third wave will release during early February, it includes King Dedede, Shulk, Sonic, Mega Man, Lucario, Bowser, Toon Link, Metaknight, Shiek, Ike and Roselina. Certain figures are exclusive to certain stores, Lucario for example is exclusive to Toys “R” Us, Metaknight is only at Best Buy, Rosalina is an exclusive at Target and Shulk will be at Gamestop.
The fourth wave will be coming out in the Spring and includes Lucina, Robin, Charizard, Pac-Man, Wario and Ness.
The first wave of Mario Party Amiibo have been announced as coming out March 20, 2015. These figures include Mario, Luigi, Toad, Bowser, Peach and Yoshi.
Finding Certain Amiibo
When a wave releases generally all of them will be easy to find and many of the older Amiibo are still quite easy to locate. However, Amiibo from the first two waves can be difficult to find in some cases. Characters like Mario are never hard to find, but others like Villager and Marth are. The website Now In Stock (link below) can send emails to users when a particular item becomes available, it makes tracking down those hard to find figures much more manageable. As a final note, Amiibo are not region locked.
By Garrett Jutte
Now In Stock
Computer and Video Games
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