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Are certain Amiibo figures being discontinued?

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I’m sold on Amiibo. Even before I put them to the test in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I had plans on buying all my favourite Nintendo characters at some point over the next few months. While casually strolling through the Internet today though, I stumbled upon some news that Nintendo were discontinuing certain Amiibo. Is this really true? Should I rush out and buy this instant?

According to various sources (including Nintendo Life), three Amiibo have been discontinued. This particular story was published on Saturday.

The rumour is spreading that the Villager, Marth and Wii Fit Trainer amiibo figures have been discontinued; in other words, if true this means that once current stock is sold no more will be supplied to retailers. This isn’t officially confirmed, of course, but some gamers have apparently been told, by stores such as EB Games, that Marth is discontinued and has been removed from their systems.

Three Amiibo

As a matter of interest, I took to eBay to see how much they were going for. The prices are already inflated and ridiculous. For example, you can pick up all three “discontinued” characters for around R1264 – double their price here in South Africa (they go for around R180-R200) each. Surely Nintendo wouldn’t discontinue them, at least not this early in their life cycle? They only came out late November after all.

A follow up report from Nintendo Life (posted yesterday) says that David Young, America’s Assistant PR Manager, replied to a concerned fan with the following message:

We have not discontinued any of the amiibo figures. Naturally some are more popular than others, and stores will need to reorder these once they sell through. That said, I don’t know how long resupply will take, so I encourage people to pick up their favourite characters when they see them in this busy Holiday season.

Phew! Relax people, no need to rush out and empty your wallets in a panic! I was happy to leave it at that… right up until I dug a little bit deeper. I stuck with Nintendo Life as my source. They posted this article earlier today which contains the following statement from Nintendo:

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

Well, that doesn’t sound good. I could find nothing further. If this latest bit of news is to be believed, then yes, Nintendo are discontinuing some Amiibo. It’s odd, considering that David Young said otherwise just a day or two ago. Perhaps he was misinformed? We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you’re a collector and want to be safe just in case, don’t worry, we still have stock available in South Africa as far as I know. You can get Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer from Takealot, or you can get them from AWX.

Last Updated: December 9, 2014

23 Comments

  1. MARTH-a is one of your favourites? teehee.

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    • hairyknees

      December 9, 2014 at 12:14

      Marth is actually one of my least played characters 😛 SO MNAH!

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      • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

        December 9, 2014 at 12:21

        That is what she said folks

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  2. CAE9872

    December 9, 2014 at 12:49

    Ummm something off with those numbers – how is R1,264 “double the price” of R180 to R200?

    Sheesh maths is obviously not a CV related topic at the LG offices 🙂

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    • Grant [_G_] Hancock

      December 9, 2014 at 12:52

      200 x 3 = 600 = 1264 / 2 … or near enough

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      • CAE9872

        December 9, 2014 at 12:53

        Did I see a 3??? Half Life 3 confirmed right there.

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      • CAE9872

        December 9, 2014 at 12:54

        And PS – 1264/2 is NOT R600 its R632…just saying. But on a lighter note – you can definitely work at LG as your maths just as bad 🙂

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        • Grant [_G_] Hancock

          December 9, 2014 at 12:55

          hence “near enough” … I forgot what the alt code was for ±

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        • Gavin Mannion

          December 9, 2014 at 13:02

          ah but you’re skipping on delivery which is exactly R64… so we’re correct (This may or may not contain some mistruths)

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        • hairyknees

          December 9, 2014 at 13:03

          GAH! It today Specific Tuesday or something? XD

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          • CAE9872

            December 9, 2014 at 13:11

            As an accountant – hell yes! Everyday is specific day.

          • hairyknees

            December 9, 2014 at 14:25

            THE NUMBERS MASON!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 9, 2014 at 12:52

      one, two, many. many-one, many-two, lots.

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      • CAE9872

        December 9, 2014 at 12:54

        LOL

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    • hairyknees

      December 9, 2014 at 13:00

      Well, if you had clicked the link then you’d see it was R1264 for three … HOW DARE YOU JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS ABOUT MY MATHS SKILLS? DO I LOOK LIKE GEOFF??? 😛

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      • CAE9872

        December 9, 2014 at 13:11

        I take it ALL back – you have justified your existence!

        Now I am just wondering – how the hell did you get a job at LG when you can add? Even multiply!

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        • hairyknees

          December 9, 2014 at 13:12

          SSSSH! Not so loud… nobody seems to have noticed yet!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          December 9, 2014 at 13:21

          Matty multiplying? Oh hell no! CABBAGES EVERYWHERE! 😉

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  3. Gavin Mannion

    December 9, 2014 at 13:03

    Why would anyone want the villager or Wii Fit lady? I mean WTF?

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    • CAE9872

      December 9, 2014 at 13:10

      Hahaha actually I listened to a podcast a month or so back and one of them stated he was going to buy these 3 mainly plus a couple more as he saw them as investments i.e. when they don’t sell they will be worth fortunes.

      Who knew he may be right LOL?

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    • GregW

      December 10, 2014 at 15:47

      I don’t understand the question. I think the people who wouldn’t want certain figures are in the minority.

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  4. GregW

    December 10, 2014 at 15:59

    I don’t believe any of these items are expressly limited edition or already discontinued. I think the most plausible explanation is that Nintendo (badly) mis-forecast demand for the second tier characters and erred on the side of having short stock instead of risking the need to landfill or fire-sale a huge inventory. Supplies on those items will continue to be short for the rest of the month and then will start to build up again leading up to the February batch.

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  5. Reign of Autism

    January 10, 2015 at 00:47

    Isn’t Peach discontinued now too?

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