Collecting stuff is hard and anything worth collecting is going to be harder. Nintendo’s amiibo figures have been particularly hard for some and the reasons are apparent. The “holy trinity”, which includes Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer, has been really difficult because of Nintendo’s swift discontinuing of these figures. Within 3 weeks of release and launch of amiibo, these three’s production halt was announced and quickly resulted in people scrambling for them. The fun has continued up until now and there are many amiibo hard to find. Here is a list of things you should know if you want to get into the amiibo game:
1. Buy now
Characters are going to be discontinued and the seemingly abundant characters could be pulled very soon, too. The original wave included Fox, which, like all the other common figures, looked like he was going to be around for the long run. Well, not anymore, because Fox is now unavailable and has become one of the rare ones, too. So don’t think just because a Luigi or a Zelda is easy to find now that it’s not worth picking up – you never know which will be rare next.
2. Do it old-school
If you miss out on a reservation of a certain character and you are desperate, you can scope out what day they actually release and wait by the door. Shipments are announced in advance and spread throughout twitter and other amiibo-centric fan pages. Make sure to show up roughly 45 minutes before the store opens to ensure you get the amiibo you want.
3. Pick up the scraps
Also, if you want another option after missing out on the pre-order deadline, stores like GameStop are only allowed to hold a pre-ordered/reserved item for 48 hours. So if you miss the shipment date, you can come back two days later and pick up one of the abandoned amiibo that some inconsiderate reserver decided to not pick up.
4. Get bargaining chips
Some characters’ rarity is apparent solely based on their mainstream popularity and “store exclusive” title. Anyone could have said from a mile away that Bowser was going to be common and Wii Fit Trainer would be rare. A mom would know who Bowser is way before they give a second look to pale exercise lady. Nintendo knows this, which is why so few of the obscure characters are produced. So if you want one character specifically, pick up a couple of rare amiibo as bargaining chips to trade with other collectors – chances are you have a character someone else wants.
5. Have fun
The last tip I have to give is to have fun with it and don’t think of it as a moneymaking opportunity. Chances are the amiibo you are hunting is worth a lot of money, but that shouldn’t mean you should shell out 500% more of the retail price because you want to complete a collection or pick up extras in order to scalp them on eBay. Keep it lighthearted, do it because it’s something you like and don’t take it too serious. This will ensure that your amiibo collecting stays enjoyable and fair.