Nintendo releases statement regarding Amiibo
In a statement released by Nintendo today, the company hopes to alleviate some ongoing Amiibo issues and even re-release previous models that are no longer available. Full statement inside.
If you keep up with the gaming industry I’m sure you’ve read about the Amiibo shortages. Hell, you’ve probably already experienced these woes. Amiibo releases selling out in minutes online, preorders going for exorbitant prices on eBay, there are even people camping at stores like Toys”R”Us to, hopefully, snag a new Amiibo release. The hype is insane with these things and Nintendo isn’t anywhere close to being able to keep up with demands at present time, but that might be changing soon.
In a statement released by Nintendo today, the company hopes to alleviate some of these issues, and even re-release previous models that are no longer available. Check out Nintendo’s official statement below.
We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.
We’re trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.
As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.
Nintendo plans to make it easier for consumers to know when new amiibo are on the way, through Nintendo press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers.
We remain committed to keeping amiibo affordable and easy to access as a platform to enhance game-play experiences. These plans include Animal Crossing amiibo cards that will become available by the end of 2015, and a free-to-download app for Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits that launched on April 30, 2015, that lets consumers enjoy playable scenes from certain NES and Super NES games with amiibo.
Nintendo has a smash hit on their hands with these Amiibo, and if they are able to meet the demands by consumers, the product will only continue to flourish.