I recently wrote an article discussing what I want from Amiibo and one of the things I’d like to see come back is a little more rarity in the releases. Well I might be getting my wish (for better and worse!) based on the most recent Amiibo releases. Many people are currently looking for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Amiibo which have not been easy to find after their release. As far as I can gather, there has been almost no restock of the Amiibo by Nintendo which has caused prices to skyrocket on the secondary market (places like Ebay). The most recent Zelda Amiibo are selling for double their retail price opened and unopened as surprising as that is. Personally, I went Amiibo hunting on the release date for Breath of the Wild Amiibo and I didn’t find a single Zelda Amiibo at any stores I visited so that gives you an idea of just how rare the figures have been. It remains to be seen when Nintendo will finally restock these Amiibo and while I haven’t seen a lot of complaining, I’m sure there are people who would really like to have a chance to buy the Zelda Amiibo.
This is not the only sign of increasing rarity. The upcoming Bayonetta, Cloud, and Corrin Amiibo are facing some real shortages too. Preorders have been up for a relatively short time (a couple of weeks) and almost all of the retailer exclusives have sold out online. Gamestop seems to have sold all of their exclusives and Best Buy only has the original Bayonetta available now. Of course, preorders vary by store so I encourage you to check your local stores to see what can be preordered but it definitely appears that Nintendo is back to not making a lot of Amiibos and taking a long to restock them too. If you want any of these Amiibo then I definitely recommend preordering as soon as you can. I have preordered what I can the last couple of days now that I’ve realized that these Amiibo will be rare and I wish I had done so sooner and got them all!
It will be interesting to see if people start complaining about the rarity again and if Amiibo sales continue to increase or decrease. Nintendo needs to be careful not to frustrate fans too much and at least for now, it definitely seems like you want to preorder your Amiibo as early as you can because they aren’t going to be widely available at release unless you’re lucky. I would expect the secondary market prices to remain high on any Amiibo that have become rare since Nintendo has been quiet about reprints as well. My advice is to be patient because Nintendo will release more of rare Amiibo on their own time just like they have in the past with formerly rare Amiibo like Marth and Pit. It isn’t easy being patient but doing so will surely save you some money in the long run. Have you preordered the next wave of Amiibo yet? What are your experiences and thoughts about the uptick in Amiibo rarity? Let us know in the comments below!