After several months of deliberation and trying to justify keeping the site going, I have decided it is time to end active content creation on NintendoFigures. It has been a tough decision to make because I have been immensely proud of the site and blown away by all of the success it has experienced as well. I don’t like to leave anything unfinished and it felt like ending the site was leaving a job half done.
At the same time, several things in my life have changed this year. For one, I moved to Chicago where I no longer have easy access to buying figures in-person. I also have way less storage space than I did in Ohio so I can’t easily buy new figures without considering how much room they will take up. More significantly, Amiibo and World of Nintendo are in a weird place now. Both products are around and have new releases but they feel like they’re losing momentum with both fans and the companies that produce them. Nintendo seems to view Amiibo as a side project with sporadic releases now and World of Nintendo is struggling for an identity and to hook fans in a new post-Toys R Us landscape. While I think both figure lines are profitable, this is causing fans to lose interest. I have watched as less and less people post in the World of Nintendo and Amiibo Reddit and the lack of exciting releases is surely part of it. Perhaps part of the initial wave of enthusiasm has died and people have drifted away to other interests too. I think this hobby will live in on for many years as so many people love Nintendo but it is going to become more niche and the days of massive Amiibo displays at your local retailer are probably over.
Whatever the case may be, it has been a pleasure working on the site for the past three years and I thank you all for visiting and making it successful. The content on the site isn’t going anywhere and I will continue to pay for the web address so people can easily find the material here. I may occasionally update some of the big guides as new figures come out but I won’t be updating news or reviews articles like I have throughout the site’s history. I hope that people will find the content on the site useful for years to come and I remain immensely proud of the content you see here. Thank you for being part of it and I hope that you continue to enjoy Nintendo figures in the coming years as they are fun to collect and show off!
If you like my writing or have any interest in the subject, I have started a new site called Daily Trading Cards that highlights many different kind of trading cards and hopefully inspires people to collect them! I’d love to see you and interact with you there. I may even try to cover some Nintendo cards on the site one day soon as well!