Nintendo Stays Vague on amiibo Stock Issues

While Nintendo is relatively late to the party on the whole RFID toy business, it’s notable that despite there being plenty of Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures to go around, it’s getting increasingly hard to find amiibo toys at all—with some characters now impossible to find aside from eBay, where they’ll run up your entire Christmas budget.

It’s great for Nintendo that its product is in such high demand, but frustrations are mounting in regard to the limited stock in certain areas. These figures have only been available for a few weeks, and we’ve already heard rumors over some figures like Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer being potentially discontinued once the initial stock runs out.

At first, Nintendo denied this rumor, but followed it up by admitting that some amiibo might be discontinued to free up shelf space for new and more popular characters. This was mostly coming from Nintendo of America, but now Nintendo of Europe has jumped into the fray with its own statement:

“Nintendo of Europe would like to confirm that supplies of Amiibo are currently available in the European market. Amiibo have been very popular at launch and as such it’s always possible that a few retailers may have sold out. We are continually aiming to always have a regular supply of Amiibo brought into the marketplace and there are many waves of Amiibo to come.”

We’ve heard this before, here in America, and it means nothing really. It’s a serious issue that Nintendo has backed off of telling fans exactly what figures will have more stock and which ones won’t, especially when we’re just days away from “Wave 2” being released to store shelves. Pre-orders for figures from “Wave 3”, due in early 2015, have already opened and are being run down faster than you can click “pre-order.”

The more Nintendo keeps quiet about this, the more doubt it brings, and the more doubt, the more frustration. Right now, fans just have to pay attention to the particular amiibo they want, and do their best to get a hold of it for the right price. Good luck out there!

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