When Amiibo first were coming out, I would buy them in bunches on release date. Any Amiibo, no matter whether I thought it would be common or not, I would get it, because who knew when I would see it again. More recently, I’ve been buying Amiibo as I review them and not worrying too much about scarcity. Well it would appear that these new Breath of the Wild Amiibo are selling quite well and several stores I’ve checked near me have sold most or all of their stock. Nintendo will absolutely be making more but for the short term, it may hard to track these Amiibo down.
Based on my experience, the one Amiibo you are likely to see on shelves right now is Rider Link. I picked him up a week after release and the stores I have been to seem to have Rider Link and nothing else. Setting temporary rarity aside, the big question is: should you get this Amiibo? What if you already have Archer Link? Read on to find out the verdict!
Box – One thing I like on every Amiibo thus far is the box art. All of the Breath of the Wild Amiibo have great designs but this one really pops out at you and makes you want to get it.
Size Comparison – One of the big things I noticed about this Amiibo when I first saw it is that the horse looks impressive but Link does not. If you compare the two new Link Amiibo size wise, they are similar if you count the horse but Rider Link without the horse is very small in comparison. What does this mean in practical terms? Link is less detailed and does not feel like the focal point of this Amiibo for better or worse depending on your opinion.
Details – I praised Archer Link in my recent review for having some of the best looking decals on an Amiibo and when you compare Rider Link to that, chances are good that you will be a little disappointed. The decals are only displayed on the back and while they look nice, there aren’t nearly as many. As you may have noticed in the comparison shot, there are also just less details too. Link’s clothes are missing much of the white trim that Archer Link has. If you look up into the hood to see Link’s face, there are no painted details including no eyes! This is really disappointing and something that would have made this figure better. I know that Link is basically the size of miniature like those in board games or war games but to not do anything with his face, which is easily visible is not ideal and a bad choice on Nintendo’s part.
What does look good on this figure is the horse. The horse has a subtly applied and realistic paint job which looks really nice. I can’t find any faults with it at all and Nintendo deserves a lot of credit for nailing that part of the Amiibo.
Closing Thoughts – Rider Link is an average quality Amiibo. It excels in a few areas and has a couple of significant drawbacks. So the question anybody thinking of buying this Amiibo should ask themselves is this: do you want a cool looking horse with Link being a minor part of the Amiibo or would you rather have a detailed figure of Link? If you’d rather have Link, definitely get Archer Link. He is impressive in nearly every regard. Rider Link is not bad at all, it just has some surprising quirks and downsides that you might not expect. If you are on a budget, this is an Amiibo that could be skipped as well to focus on higher quality and more visually interesting Amiibo. It is awesome that Nintendo has given us a mounted Link but I think they might want to make the figure bigger (and yes, more expensive) to maintain the high quality they have set with Amiibo and fully satisfy Nintendo fans.
For those of you who own Rider Link, what do you think of this new Amiibo? Do you like it better than Archer Link? If so, why? Let us know in the comments below. I look forward to hearing both sides of the debate!