Did you know hardcore Amiibo collectors would sell their own family members if it meant getting their hands on a hard-to-find fiure? That’s definitely not one of the fun facts presented in Did You Know Gaming’s latest.
Is Nintendo driving toy sales with games or driving game sales with toys? For better or worse, Amiibo are now an integral part of Nintendo’s business, the release of the most recent wave just as important to company and fans as the latest big Wii U title, Super Mario Maker.
The colorful plastic figurines attract such hardcore fans that it’s hard to imagine anything in Did You Know Gaming’s video will take them by surprise.
For those of you that would rather read your trivia, here are some core facts presented in the video.
- Nintendo had the chance to be part of the Skylander franchise before it exploded in popularity, but they backed out of the deal.
- Over 15 million Amiibo have been sold to date, and Nintendo now owns more of the toys for video games market than Skylanders.
- Target’s stock of Gold Mario Amiibos sold out in just 15 minutes.
- A truck carrying Splatoon’s special edition was stolen in the UK. Ths edition came with the Squid Amiibo, and was the only way to get the Squid figurine in Europe.
- Executive producer of Disney Infinity, John Vignocchi, criticized Nintendo over Amiibo stock shortages, saying “It is irresponsible, and rude to your hardcore fans.”
- The Amiibo logo uses the font Bauhaus 93 - the same font used in the title screens for Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, and the New Super Mario Bros series.
- Prototype Amiibo have been smuggled out of production lines and put on sale at auction sites. One model was a then-unannounced Mii Sword Fighter Amiibo.
- Nintendo might be making an arwing Amiibo that can transform into a two-legged walking arwing Amiibo.
- While making Majora’s Mask 3DS, Nintendo wanted to make Skull Kid Amiibo to go with the game.
I am not an Amiibo collector myself, which is odd considering I collect just about everything else under the sun. I think it’s because I’ve been spoiled by games like Disney Infinity and Skylanders, where the toys become actual playable characters in a game designed for them rather than functioning as glorified DLC codes.
I own two Amiibo—the Squid Kids from Splatoon—and outside of Yarn Yoshi I have no plans to acquire any others.
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