Set to release on September 29th, the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer will allow those who haven’t upgraded to the “New 3DS” to utilize amiibo on the 3DS, 3DS XL, & 2DS systems. It seems the accessory demand will be following the same pattern of the Wii U Game Cube controller adapter, as pre-orders went live on the Target website July 8th, and sold out by the 9th. The NFC Reader is listed as 19.99, and it is yet unclear if or when other sites will be following suit for pre-orders. Now, I really don’t know why they didn’t just call it “The amiibo Reader”, since that’s what it’s for! Perhaps they plan to incorporate near field communication in other ways in the future, except that the amiibo logo is on the box, & the “New 3DS” systems have a reader built in on the lower screen. Soooo… *shrug* But who knows what those imaginators have in mind!
Months ago when the reader was announced, I since have sporadically been checking (along with all the random checks I do for the “Mistress J’s amiibo Watch”) random sites to try and catch when it would pop up available for pre-order. I was lucky enough to finally happen upon it before the news went live on the “big sites”. I pretty much knew it would be another quick sell out/scalper situation, & since I don’t have a New 3DS, I had been questing for catching the release since. So, if you’ve got me or GJ on facebook, or follow me on twitter, hopefully you were able to see the announcements ahead of time & snag one up. Not gonna lie, I made sure my order was secured before I announced it. Can you blame me? ;) Also, I must admit I have just a teeny sense of pride when I happen upon/announce news hours before the big dogs do… (Not that I have a huge reach or it really matters, but still.)
But never fear! Just as with the amiibo & Nintendo rarities, I will still keep a vigil eye & make announcements on new releases & restocks. Although I’m looking forward to some of the future wave amiibo, I must say that my biggest worry now for sell outs/scalper epidemic is whatever special edition will be released for Zelda Wii U…
SPEAKING OF: Very recently I announced it on my social media feeds, but I will go ahead and talk about it here as well – just in the event there’s any fellow “ammibros” collecting who may have missed the feeds. The Gannondorf amiibo is set to hit September release in the US, however, he & Zero Suit Samus hit Japan & Europe this month. So right now, you can get an import Gannondorf amiibo for 20-ish bucks (which includes ship) on amazon.com! You can’t even really count this as scalping, since shipping is included in the buying cost. With anything though, I ask myself, “If this was in the store listed for this price, would I pick it up and take it to the register to buy?” And in case you’re wondering, yes, imports ARE usable on American systems. Zero Suit Samus is also listed, however she’s already going for higher prices… I think it’s because she’s hotter than poor Gannondorf.
For those of you reading out of curiosity, wondering what an amiibo is (which I do get asked on occasion when I do my amiibo watches, or talk about them on social media) I’m gonna take a moment here to just kind of briefly explain. Here we go: amiibo are Nintendo figurines with certain compatibility uses in a variety of different ways. For instance, in Mario Kart 8 there is an array of amiibo that will unlock “character costumes” to wear on your Mii racer. In Hyrule Warriors, the Link amiibo will unlock the sick “Spinner” weapon from Twilight Princess, and ANY five amiibo (no matter if a character in game or not) can be used once per day to get items like weapons, common or rare materials, or rupees. (Sometimes you can get stiffed by only getting a 1 rupee bonus from one, or you can get as much as 50,000! My Little Mac has a record of being quite stingy.) In Splatoon, you can only utilize the 3 amiibo associated with the game (Squid, Boy Inkling, & Girl Inkling) to unlock new level challenges, weapon rewards, new mini games, and exclusive gear. Super Smash Bros. utilizes the amiibo more uniquely in that they store your data & you can train and play against… well.. yourself. You can also take your amiibo with the stored information to a friend’s place to play on their system. However, when using another game that writes onto amiibo, you can only store one game per figurine. So, if you have 2 games that you would write/store information concerning Mario, you either have to delete/rewrite each time when switching between them, or buy a 2nd Mario amiibo to use for the other game. However, with the different versions of characters that come out, not like that’s a big deal for collectors. This of course is not all of the amiibo applications, but I just wanted to give a sort of crash course explanation to those who are unfamiliar with the concept. :)
If you’re curious what games you’ll be able to use your amiibo with on 3DS, there’s already a few that are compatible – but of course, if you don’t have a New 3DS with the built in scanner capability you’ll have to wait ’til you can get your hands on the NFC Reader! As of now, the existing games & uses are:
ACE COMBAT Assault Horizon Legacy +
Use a compatible amiibo figure to receive 1-2 exclusive Nintendo themed aircrafts. Compatible amiibo are:
- Toon Link
- Captain Falcon
- Donkey Kong
- Zero Suit Samus (September)
- All Bowser amiibo
- All Luigi
- All Peach
- All Mario (including Dr. Mario in September)
- Pikmin & Olimar (September)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
Earn in game tokens by tapping the Shulk amiibo.
- Juuuust Shulk
Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
Use a Fire Emblem amiibo to add them to your team & play as them in battle.
Super Smash Bros. 3D
Use a compatible amiibo to train, power up, & battle with/against it.
- Myea, I’m not listing every single Smash character. If you can play as them in the game, and the amiibo for the character exists, it’s compatible!
Soon to come amiibo compatibility for
I want to now touch on the whole supply issue, misconceptions & assumptions by many concerning amiibo. Yes, the scalper situation for amiibo, as well as special edition game stuff and game accessories, IS ridiculous. The phrases “playing us” and “corporate greed” are thrown out a lot. The fact is, they simply can’t keep up with the supply demands. As far as amiibo are concerned, not only do you have gamers embracing the Pokémon mentality of catching ’em all, scalpers buying up mass quantities to jack up resale, but you ALSO have people that don’t even play new generation Nintendo but grew up with it & are collecting the figurines of characters they love just to display. The reason Nintendo stops production on certain amiibo is that stores have stated they WILL NOT carry stock of each, as they don’t have the display room. So, in order to come out with new figures, they have to halt production somewhere. They’ve stated they will always produce the staples of Link, Mario, etc. Nintendo simply cannot keep up with the demand.
If they didn’t have a pre-orders cap, the numbers would be so high it would push back releases greatly due to production – and many times new amiibo are released alongside a new game coming out… So, then you’d have game releases being delayed to account for the amiibo production extension & everything would just go out of whack. It only SEEMS to the consumers that they are just producing a small amount due to “corporate greed” to force a frenzy, but the fact of the matter is they simply can’t keep up with the demand. I’m not saying they’re doing everything perfectly, but this whole conspiracy of “their plan to screw over the consumers” is ridiculous. But let us not venture into business economics, & move on!
Some places are attempting to deal with the scalping issue by limiting a 1 per customer max. Personally, I think it would help immensely to implement having in store only pre-orders available for like a week before the online pre-ordering goes live. Orders would still sell allowing for whatever max amount, and whatever wasn’t maxed would get nabbed up as soon as it goes live online. As it is now, if you’re not online at the time of a news break announcing pre-orders being open, you’re probably going to be out of luck. Some items have been selling out in a couple hours or even less… It’s ridiculous.
Well, I guess I’ll wrap up my Nerdtendo talk there. As always, I hope I have informed as well as entertained, and I’ll catch you the next time I feel like sayin’ some stuff about stuff. ;) Until then, I’ll be keeping an eye out to help bring you amiibo release/restock announcements, as well as other such elusive preciouses!