Nintendo first introduced the Amiibo’s at E3 in June 2014, and just recently released them (in the United States) in November 2014 alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Until shortly before the release, it wasn’t exactly clear what the purpose of the Amiibos were, and how they would interact with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and other games. Even after their release, I still don’t have a full understanding of their functionality and their purpose. Nintendo has yet to explain how they’re going to work with already released software like Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker and upcoming releases like Kirby and The Rainbow Curse, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Kirby and The Rainbow Curse is due out February 13, 2015, almost 3 months from the release of the first wave of Amiibos, which includes a Kirby Amiibo. It seems odd that Nintendo would sell the Kirby Amiibo shortly before the release of a Kirby game that supports Amiibos, without explaining how they’ll be used. I’m actually somewhat skeptical if Nintendo knows what they plan they do to them. If Nintendo handles Amiibo correctly, they could actually make up for any lackluster sales of hardware and software related to the Wii U, so it is important for them to get this correct.
I don’t have any problems with the physical quality of the Amiibo’s but without better functionality, I think the price of them is currently too high. I know that the quality of the Amiibo protoypes showcased at E3 are better than the actual manufactured releases, but they do feel very solid (Marth’s sword is a little flimsy). The figures now include props/stands such as Link’s yellow pole and WiI Fit Trainer’s clear boot, these make the figures a little less appealing but it doesn’t ruin them. I am curious to know why they chose yellow for Link’s stand instead of a clear color. Nintendo franchises are my favorites and I already have some non-Amiibo Nintendo figures, so I am someone that want’s to like Amiibos. But I don’t want to spend $13 on all 41+ characters from Smash Bros just because I’m a collector and fan of Nintendo, I want to get more out of their functionality. Read the rest of this entry