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Nintendo To Discontinue Certain Amiibo Figurines In U.S.


Nintendo of America will discontinue certain Amiibo figurines once their initial shipments have sold through, the company confirmed to Wired this week.


“We will aim for certain amiibo to always be available. These will be for our most popular characters like Mario and Link,” Nintendo said in a statement to Wired. “Due to shelf space constraints, other figures likely will not return to the market once they have sold through their initial shipment.”


Update: Nintendo have issued a new statement on the matter. You can read it here.


Original story continued: Certain Amiibo figurines like Marth and Wii Fit Trainer are already scarce at retail. In addition, the Gamecube Adapter for the Wii U appears to be in extremely short supply as well, and is now going for over $100 on eBay. Nintendo did not comment on the adapter issue, though.


Given that the company will be phasing the less popular Amiibo figurines out once they’ve had their initial day in the sun, you might want to figure out which of the Amiibo figurines from the third batch you want to buy and jump on them when they release in February. I suspect Shulk (exclusive to GameStop) and Ike won’t last long.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.