Card Form for Discontinued Amiibo Characters?

There’s no question that Nintendo’s NFC toys in the amiibo lineup has been a huge success… but in other ways, Nintendo is failing, and it’s breaking a lot of hearts. The company is barely able to keep up with the enormous demand for the figures (and not at all, in some cases), and there’s confusion everywhere about which toys will be discontinued, which ones will be regular on the shelves, and so forth.

How will players unlock certain areas and extras if they can’t even find the right figure to begin with? Hyrule Warriors, for example, requires the Link amiibo for an exclusive weapon. And that’s not even close to the multiple select figures needed for the Mario Kart 8 costumes.

The Associated Press spoke with Shigeru Miyamoto about the issue, and Miyamoto explained that while all of the amiibo won’t remain in production indefinitely, Nintendo is trying to come up with ways to ensure that players can experience the full functionality of the toys in a less costly way:

“We’ll continue to make future games that will have functionality with the “amiibo” characters as an additional present for people who bought them. Beyond that, we’re looking at how we can use the “amiibo” functionality in the future, including cards and whatnot.


We’re not making promises for certain figures, but the way “amiibo” is designed is that certain games can have “amiibo” specifically for that game. Other games can take advantage of past “amiibo” that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain “amiibo” figures are no longer available in stores, to release an “amiibo” in card form with the same functionality.”


Would you like a card collection to replace the amiibo that you just can’t find or are unable (and unwilling!) to pay ridiculous eBay prices for, for example? That’s the question that Nintendo’s currently considering.

Whether it’s a good idea or not, it’s no secret that many gamers do love collectible cards… so that might open a whole other Pandora’s Box of issues!


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