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December 8, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mixed messages about amiibo cancelations seems like a lame sales ploy- put them in-game!

Animal Crossing Villager amiibo Over the weekend a few websites reported rumors that some amiibos had been cancelled. Soon others said this claim was untrue. All of this is amidst reports that Nintendo is selling tons of amiibos. Um... so which is it?

I think Nintendo is doing just fine and will prevail as always, but who is this mystery Nintendo rep who's sound-bites are perpetuating the rumor-mill surrounding discontinued amiibos? The back-and-forth as to whether the Villager, Marth and Wii Fit Trainer amiibo figures have been discontinued is getting repetitive, annoying, and is beginning to feel like a tacky sales ploy to get more people rushing out to stores to buy NOW.

My local Toys R Us says they haven't even received their initial shipment of these 3 figures. It's hard to imagine they'll be discontinued amidst the busy holiday shopping season. On the other hand, the initial shipment likely takes them into 2015.

I guess I'm done with my rant. It just seemed as though a lot of misinformation was going around in an effort to boost amiibo slaes. The whole scenario was pretty odd. Like any collectable, some will be released in limited quantities and secondary markets will thrive on the price jump. My goal is to find them on sale :)

amiibos One facet of amiibo mania I find interesting is the intent. I picked up the SSB Fox figure out of nostalgia, but I don't own a Wii U (yet) and the 3DS amiibo solution has not been released. For me, Fox is just a cool pick-up. But this sees to be the predominant vibe on the Net. I'm finding lots of folks have them sitting on a shelf awaiting an upcoming dusting. Is anyone using them to compliment a Wii U game?

I've been a collector, so I'm not judging, but for all the sales I'm hearing about, I want to hear that some of these figures are being used in-game! Are we all marveling at our Nintendo action figures... or are we enhancing game-play with these fab critters? I hope they don't get relegated to display cases when there are games to be played with these figures ;)

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