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October 9, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Chibi Robo is a wonderfully unlikely character to become an amiibo with a new game, Zip Lash

Years ago, I randomly purchased Chibi Robo for GameCube and discovered it was really quirky, very strange, and a lot of fun. I later grabbed Park Patrol on speculation, but didn't enjoy it as much.

I was excited to hear that Chibi Robo had a new game coming to the 3DS and that there was an amiibo. For all the supply chain issues with amiibo, I have to say Nintendo has done a great job in selecting both popular and eclectic figures to bring to the amiibo world. Most of us would have expected the major Nintendo IP characters to appear as amiibo, but there have been some great surprises. Chibi Robo is as obscure a coice as the Wii Fitness Trainer.

Chibi Robo Zip Lash I went to GameStop to pick up a copy of Zip Lash and the Chibi Robo amiibo. I arrived just as they were rolling up the gate. When I told the clerk, what I wanted he looked confused and attempted to look it up on the computer. He asked if it was a DS game. I reminded him again that it was release day for Chibi Robo! Zip Lash on the 3DS. Then he found it on the computer. They had 8 copies... somewhere. He began to look around the back room, but was unable to find the shipping box.

I suggested he call the store manager and find out where the box had been put. By this time another employee arrived who had also never heard of Chibi Robo. She offered to help, but then said she couldn't help because she hadn't clocked in and she'd get in trouble. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I left in disgust and said I'd be back. I couldn't bear to watch 2 adults who lacked the skills to find a large shipping container full of games. They both seemed stumped as to how to go about the search.

I came back about 20 minutes later and they'd found the box which was about 3-feet long. I was glad they found it, but next time I'm going to Toys R Us. How can multiple employees not even know about a game on it's release day, when it's bundled with an amiibo? Next time you hear about civilian volunteers on a search party - remember these two and pray for the missing.

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