For real this time.
Kinda a jerk move for Nintendo. Guess I'd better buy them before they become impossible to find.
Jerk move? its merely business. why ship 50,000 units of an obscure character when you predict only 20,000 units will sell. they are being discontinued because making more of them will be redundant since they wont sell. nintendo said they will continue producing the more popular characters such as mario, link etc. but of course the more obscure characters wont stay in production forever, they would just be rotting on the shelf. just because they are being discontinued doesnt mean they are a failure, or that its a bad thing- its just a realistic business assessment of their projected sales potential. as i said, you dont want to produce thousands of units you cant sell. anyway, i think its lame the wiiu/nintendo section of this site has become the focus for these toys. yes, well done on the success, but i would like to see more success for nintendo making games.
??more success in making games?? Quite an invested comment towards glorified keychains pcz :)
What is with Nintendo and discontinuing stuff lately?
One less happy meal toy to buy =/
Looking at that Villager amiibo makes me want a Wii U Animal Crossings game. I've never played one, but I'd be down for it on Wii U.
You really should play one before saying something like that. Animal Crossing games have a really... fervent fanbase, but the actual games have less depth than tic-tac-toe.
I agree with Canary, I played one on the DS, it has a tiny amount of story and within about 10mins I was wandering aimlessly around the village stealing vegetables as there was nothing obvious I needed to do, nor could I find anyone to give me a task. I never quite understood the mass appeal of it after that...
Um, David Young from Nintendo just confirmed that no amiibos are discontinued. Also, I went to WIRED's website that the article referred to (the author failed to provide a link). There is NO proof that a Nintendo representative told WIRED about discontinued amiibos.
Villager, Wii Fit Trainer and Marth are difficult to find now.
Now it's ebay scalpers
They need to get a real job like the rest of us!
This is the article I warned about earlier, so I'm going to put this in caps for emphasis: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OR VERIFIED SOURCE FOR WIRED'S STATEMENT, AND BY EXTENSION AS THE SOURCE, NO VERIFIED SOURCE FROM PIXELDYNAMO'S STATEMENT. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THESE ARE DISCONTINUED, AND MORE THAN A FEW REPORTS STATING OTHERWISE. What are you going to believe? A credible source in David Young? Or a sourceless comment from an article on Wired, threaded through to Pixel Dynamo, with no proven source outside of a mere claim? It's more likely, in this case, that it's just this VGP store chain that is not getting additional stock, and the rep on Twitter misunderstood whatever their "source" has told them. For reference, the article beforehand shows an update from David Young himself over on Twitter, that completely debunks these claims, which you can view HERE: https://twitter.com/MKGLoff...
Sigh... We went through this on a previous article. Here are two large gaming publications both stating they have spoken directly with Nintendo. http://www.gamespot.com/art... http://www.ign.com/articles...
Sigh... I have already been over this; THEY DO NOT PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF THEIR SOURCE. All they say is "a Nintendo rep told us", which says nothing without some sort of read-able statement. Compared to the statement from David Young of Nintendo over on Twitter, this is unreliable at best. As I said above, at most, this is applicable ONLY to the VGP store chain, if anything. If I were a manager for a store like that and I walked up and said "A Nintendo rep tells us that they're discontinuing everything including the Wii U", would you believe me without a source backing it up? Not if you're smart. So why would you do so here?
You're right, I wouldn't trust your imaginary store telling me the status of amiibos one way or the other. Your being disingenuous by focusing on that particular Canadian retailer's story. Most people are smart enough to be skeptical about what a single retailer says, and you're ignoring the statements that have come out since then. There are now multiple sources on both sides. I understand your argument that we should disregard everything but the response from David Young. You have to understand though that these large games journalism sites don't have to send off emails from Nintendo's support page like you or I do. They have direct access to PR people from Nintendo, etc. I have no reason to believe that both of these sites are lying to me about their info. Others can make their own judgement call on that. I'm just trying to remain skeptical until Nintendo definitively answers, i.e. some sort of statement from them directly.
FWIW, I came across someone claiming their local Target restocked Marth, with pictures to back it up. http://www.reddit.com/r/ami... Also, I personally stopped by my local Target today and the woman I spoke with said she had just restocked earlier this morning, and they had one Villager to put up that had already sold before I got there. Not really much of anything definitive, in fact all it really does is muddy things up even more. This is why I'll wait until Nintendo speaks up.
I think it's reasonable to assume that some will be discontinued EVENTUALLY, but only a couple weeks after release? That's just silly. Given that we have an official, verified source from Nintendo say that none have been discontinued, I'd go with that before a random unnamed Nintendo rep. For all we know they just called customer service.
i was gnna say this amibo looks pretty collectable
How can the villager not be a popular one, animal crossing on the 3DS has sold Millions oh and what do you know his amiibo sold out on day one and he's not popular? I'll wait to hear it from Miyamoto or Reggie himself.
And I haven't seen it on shelves as well as Marth.
And nowwww that it's gonna be from being one of the least popular to one of the most popular. Prepare to see Villager Amiibo's go for outrageous prices on eBay if they aren't up already!
The hard to find ones run anywhere from $80-120 on Amazon right now. More knee-jerk reaction from people who don't understand the collector's market. All these prospectors cause these things to become way over-priced.
F*ck that, Nintendo should announce that they're going to start mass producing these just to drop a bombshell on those willing to spend $80-$120 on a "toy"!
*Pre-orders the Shulk amiibo*
i did that earlier. i cant see them doing a second production run for shulk- once they sell the first batch they will be gone forever. I will buy it just because i like xenoblade and want to make a collection
It's just a selling method for nintendo. They say they will stop selling them then everyone buys it.
It's almost impossible to find em in stores now. A few days ago I was looking at the amiibos at target. when I saw the wii fit trainer figure, I thought to myself "who would buy that crap". I went back today and bought six of em. It's amazing how desperate ppl get when you tell them they can't buy something anymore. We're suckers. Good job Nintendo. The next waves are gonna be even harder to find.
How is this worse than the Wii Fit Trainer?
I think there is something more going on here. My friend bought some Amiibo's as we were told during the Nintendo direct that you could play with them and against them. Though this is true they are really glorified AI more than anything else. Nintendo did a good job of telling blatant lies "unintentionally" with this Amiibo's Near every cool thing they said an Amiibo could do is "true" to an "extent" So the real reason you are seeing these Amiibo's discontinued so soon after they are released is twofold. To give it that Disney Vault feel where an item is extremely limited production for a very limited time (but a week really? That is insane!) The other is darker. The know they can only scam the rest for so long. Various Nintendo direct's and interviews with online and print publications gave the impression you could play as the Amiibo then take that to your friends house as your fighter but it is a complete lie. I strongly believe that someone is going to sue for false advertising and if what happened with Sony's lawsuit from 2011 is any indication to go off of whoever does would be in the right. This is a blatant example of intentionally misleading advertisement.
What did you expect the amiibo to do? Allow you to play as a character you already had? They are collectibles that have limited limited access with games. Nothing more, nothing less.
Well I can't afford them all anyways. I think I'm just stuck with a couple for now.
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