Prepare for aftermarket markup!
Nintendo has confirmed today that certain amiibo will not be returning to the market beyond their initial shipments. This announcement has confirmed reports that began circulating on the Internet this past weekend that retailers had been told by their distributors that three of the figurines had been discontinued. While Nintendo didn't specify which of the amiibo were being discontinued, they did say that popular characters like Link and Mario would always be available.
Online retailer Video Games Plus reported via their Twitter that they had received word from their distributors that the amiibo for Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager had been discontinued. This was met by an understandable amount of disbelief and anger from the online community. A sigh of relief would come yesterday when a NeoGAF user posted an e-mail that they had received from a Nintendo of America employee claiming that none of the amiibo had been discontinued.
Monday afternoon the speculation ended when Nintendo confirmed to Wired that certain amiibo had been discontinued. Along with the amiibo, retailers have also reported that the GameCube Controller Adapter has also been discontinued, but Nintendo had no comment on that. amiibo for Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager have already been selling for anywhere from $30 to $60 on the second hand market.
The amiibo are NFC figurines similar to the figurines available for Skylanders and Disney Infinity. These figurines launched with compatibility for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with future compatibility planned for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and a few others. A second wave of amiibo featuring Luigi, Zelda, Little Mac, Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, and Pit will be available on December 14th.
A third wave, featuring the first retail exclusive figures, will follow in January. Let us know what you think about the amiibo being discontinued in the comments below, and be sure to check back for all the latest on amiibo and Super Smash Bros.
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