Nintendo Admits and Apologises About Amiibo Problems
Nintendo announced this Tuesday that there has been issues with dealing with the distribution of amiibo, Nintendo’s venture into “game-connected figures” with select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles, and strategies on how they plan to deal with these issues.
In a statement, said they “understand how frustrating” it can be to try and find unavailable amiibo, to which they apologised. There are plans to increase current shipments.
Nintendo said that they are looking into re-release out-of-stock amiibo, and to improving communication about amiibo, through future press announcements, updates on social media and working with retailers.
This has come out after Nintendo‘s Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing in February, which Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata announced that over 5.7 million amiibo had been shipped at the end of last year, with amiibo sales doing particularly well in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Despite this, Australia receives only 3% of the world’s supply of amiibo, yet sells through 90% of said shipment. At this briefing, Iwata mentioned that it was difficult to promise continuous shipment of amiibo.
Future plans for amiibo include the release of more amiibo series, and software to interact with the amiibo, such as the recently released free Wii U download amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits, which presents three minute demos of NES and SNES titles unlocked via tapping amiibo. Various scenes are available to be played out in these demos, giving a variety of gameplay to try. Other titles coming out soon that have amiibo functionality include Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., with amiibos from the Fire Emblem franchise in the Super Smash Bros. amiibo series unlocking characters, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, adding daily different gameplay mechanics.
At least three different amiibo series are planned to be released throughout this year. The Super Smash Bros. series includes new additions, such as Greninja and Jigglypuff, available on May 29th, Palutena, Dark Pit, Ganondorf and Zero Suit Samus, available in June, and Olimar, Bowser Jr., and Dr. Mario, will be available in July.
Other amiibo series that are planned to be released soon are the Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer series. The Splatoon series includes Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and the Inkling Squid, all due to coincide with the release of Splatoon on the Wii U on May 30th. Yoshi’s Woolly World series of amiibo will be three plush Yarn Yoshis in green, light blue and pink, due to be released later this year. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer series of amiibo will be released as amiibo cards and will be released alongside Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS later this year.