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The Failings of Amiibos: Kirby Your Enthusiasm

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Victor Chaves

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As a concept, I am absolutely in favor of Amiibos; they are essentially season passes of DLC for consoles rather than for a singular game, and I love that. Although not as visually detailed as previously thought, for $12.99 they also function as nice figures. The future looks bright too as more games are coming that will support this new DLC dissemination technique, including the New Nintendo 3DS which will mean two platforms can use Amiibos.

There are reasons to gripe about these diminutive statues though, as currently there are only three games that work with Amiibos, Smash Bros for WiiU, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors. Nintendo has only announced that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi’s Woolly World will support the figures, but notice that one of those games are out already and does not interface with the figures.

Of course this can be forgiven if Nintendo didn’t expect the figures to be so widely popular, and it shows. Figures are flying out of shelves and shortages are being reported everywhere, Nintendo is hemming and hawing about making more figures, and they are releasing sets of Amiibos in waves in order to see what consumer initial thoughts were (and quietly shut the operation down if need be). They never expected this to be such a big hit, and as such reminds me of a child dipping their toes in a pool before stepping in.

What can’t be forgiven is if Nintendo doesn’t make more of the figures that are running short. The purpose of these figures are to facilitate more purchases of related products. Why make a Marth Amiibo if you won’t have a Fire Emblem game come out on the WiiU? Same goes for Villager and other heavily sought-after figures. When you announce a game related to an Amiibo, make sure that is in stock. I want a Little Mac Amiibo when a Punch-Out game comes along, and if Nintendo doesn’t do that, then they have failed on getting some guaranteed sales.

But this pales in comparison to what truly irks me about the Amiibos, which are their lack of engrossing content. These figures are DLC, but tepid additions like random drops in Hyrule Warriors and a ghost player in Smash Brothers is not a convincing argument for buying them. The costumes in Mario Kart 8 are nice, but the spinner from Twilight Princess as an additional weapon in Hyrule Warriors is horrible. Of all the items and weapons to choose, you, Nintendo, chose the absolute worst one. How about the Double-Hookshot? The Megaton Hammer? Even the Ocarina of Time would be a better weapon than the Beyblades toy being handed over. Surprisingly, this is not the worst thing, what I find absolutely terrible is this image:

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This was the first time I used an Amiibo. I literally laughed out loud when I saw this. I spent my money on this Samus Amiibo, and what I got back was one, singular, tiny, green, rupee. For the uninitiated, let me explain that in Hyrule Warriors, the smallest amount of cash you can spend is 1,000 rupees, and I earn tens of thousands of rupees in a 10 minute stage. I might as well have won zero rupees. My mind is boggled on how Nintendo could let this happen, as that game always has me using Amiibos for daily drops. This one rupee reward is not rare either, over the course of three days with four different amiibos, I earned that reward three times. I’m happy when I get resources and weapons of random values since they can be used for something, but one rupee as a reward is a slap in the face for anyone who bought an Amiibo to use on Hyrule Warriors.

Do not make me spend Thirteen Dollars on One Rupee.

If you recall, I mentioned that I have four Amiibos, specifically: Samus, Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Link. So I’m not totally against having Amiibos, and as mentioned, some of the DLC is pretty cool, and I like getting actually useful drops in Hyrule Warriors. I’m just waiting for Nintendo to cannonball into this pool by resupplying out of stock figures and releasing more games with functional compatibility as well as updating older games with it. It feels like that time Sony started bringing in Trophies to their games, remember that there was a long time before Metal Gear Solid 4 got any trophies? I hope Nintendo doesn’t wait too long.

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