Waluigi is one of those characters you probably never thought you’d see an Amiibo made of or at least not in the early days of Amiibo. Waluigi has always been a side character and in fact, it has been rumored that Nintendo isn’t fond of the character and that it was basically Hudson’s idea when they made Mario Party. Whatever the case, Waluigi has become a partner in villainy with Wario over time and is someone many people love. I certainly enjoy his antics in Mario sports games and was excited to get this Amiibo.
Packaging – As with all reviews, I like to show the packaging off for those who are curious. The simple and clean Super Mario design works well here and is always nice to see.
Pose – The pose is simple and actually bears a lot of resemblances to a figure that will be mentioned in this review later. Waluigi’s dastardly nature is clear in this pose and he just looks like he is up to no good. While I do not have the Wario Amiibo (yet!) Waluigi is made to sit next to Wario on your shelf and perhaps look slightly plain on his own. The pose isn’t going to blow anyone away and Waluigi could be more dynamic, it does capture the character’s personality which is what I value most in Amiibo.
Paint and Details – I always feel a bit embarrassed when I pick out a figure that has flaws and I didn’t catch it. I was in a hurry at my local Meijer and wanted to pick up an Amiibo to review and did not notice that there is a smudge on Waluigi’s nose or even worse, a damaged decal on the hat. As a serious Nintendo figure collector, I should do better! And to be honest, so should Nintendo! These are the kind of mistakes I expect in the cheaper World of Nintendo figures and not Amiibo.
Setting aside the mistakes on my figure (which are probably not on most Waluigi Amiibo), this figure is pretty solid if lacking in details. There isn’t any one thing on Waluigi outside of maybe the L’s on his gloves and hats that really grab your attention or make you admire this figure. Waluigi has a plain design and even typically impressive places like the eyes are not overly interesting because they are so small. This is a bit of a bummer and Waluigi is certainly not a good advertisement for how high quality and display-worthy most Amiibo are.
World of Nintendo Waluigi – In World of Nintendo, there is a 2.5″ inch and 4″ inch Waluigi figure. I own the 2.5″ figure and I’m surprised that I almost like it better. It is poseable, it has about the same amount of paint issues (even if the Amiibo has nicer and brighter colors) and I think I prefer the larger eyes on the World of Nintendo figure. While both World of Nintendo Waluigi figures have been out for quite a while, if you’re fan of this character, I would recommend picking up the World of Nintendo figure.
Closing Thoughts – Waluigi is a character I enjoy but it is hard not to find this Amiibo to be a little underwhelming. It plays it safe and does not feel like it is worth the long wait for Waluigi fans because there is nothing about the Amiibo that is outstanding. While this is not one of my least favorite Amiibo and fortunately, lacks any glaring weaknesses, it is far from being a favorite as well. Ultimately, I would recommend buying this if you love Waluigi or Amiibo in general. Otherwise, try and get the World of Nintendo version which you can enjoy posing and should be able to pay a little less for.