Did you want a Marth Amiibo but they’re all sold out? Looks like you’re in luck! Nintendo announced today that their new round they’re making for Codename S.T.E.A.M. will hit stores in late April. Definitely stay on the lookout for them.
Lift versus drag and rotation. That’s flying a helicopter in a nutshell. Now let’s see how well Cody understands in this week’s Go Round of Chopper Attack for the N64.
While the Amiibo craze rages on and many Amiibos are becoming rare, some still have a larger supply and Nintendo’s ready to help get them cleared out. Nintendo announced a new suggested retail price of $9.99 for Donkey Kong, Peach, and Yoshi, 3 of their top 10 best selling Amiibos in the US and Canada. This comes in time for the new wave of Amiibos set to release next month for Mario Party 10 on Wii U.
Nintendo already has more then 5.7 million amiibos sold and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Reports are coming in that in a translation of a recent Q and A session Nintendo had with investors, President Satoru Iwata said the west coast port strike is having a negative effect on their stock of New 3DS’s and Amiibo’s in the US. Here’s the snippet:
I took the liberty of going into Google translate myself to get a very rough general idea of what was said and this is what I got:
In order to labor negotiations has not settled on the West Coast of the harbor in the United States, the last six months about the speed of unloading becomes a little slow, has happened that the port is congested. Actually quantity all goods that we were sent to I try to Deliver before released in this effect is not arrived to local, have little effect on out to the sales of “amiibo” of New Nintendo 3DS and some.
I don’t know Japanese and this is a very rough translation. So I can neither confirm nor deny what was actually said based on the Google translator. I can definitely say though that this is something that’s being talked about as a possible issue with Nintendo’s supply on the net right now. Thoughts?
If you’re looking to get your hands on one of the Gold Mario amiibo figures it looks like you’ll have to head to Walmart. The picture above shows that the figure is set to release around Easter and will be sold exclusively at the big box retail store.
If you’ve been on the amiibo train like Micah and Shelby have then you know the pain of not being able to find some of the characters or having to work incredibly hard to make sure you have a full collection. Nintendo’s investor meeting revealed one piece of information that basically sums up the whole amiibo situation. That statement is:
Nintendo plans on making a finite number of certain Amiibo and letting them sell out
It’s been in the works all along. There were certain amiibo that were going to have small runs and were not going to be replenished. Also along those lines the company, according to Mr. Iwata, did not expect figures to sell out due to scalpers in North America.
This whole amiibo situation has been something of a fiasco. In more interesting amiibo news it seems that Nintendo is planning on including NES and SNES software in amiibo figures in the future. Don’t get too excited, though. These will not be full titles, but will be “select scenes” from different games. Tapping the figure to the Game Pad multiple times will result in different scenes being made available to play. This sounds similar to the demo versions of the games that were available in Smash Bros. to play. Why they’re not just selling full games for the Virtual Console on these figures is beyond me.
Nintendo wants you to know that 2014 was a good year for them, and it ended with the best month of sales the company has ever seen, according to a company press release. The company says that Wii U hardware and software sales rose by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013. This was spurred on by the release of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. during the year. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sales have combined to reach more than 2.6 million people in the six weeks the games have been on the market. Alongside Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS December was the best month ever for the 3DS.
Other Nintendo highlights from the full 2014 year include:
- Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million physical and digital units and 1.3 million physical and digital units, respectively, in 2014.
- Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
- In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Nintendo has a number of titles for both systems already lined up for 2015 so they’re hoping to ride this wave of momentum to continue an upwards trend for both systems. There is also a new model of the 3DS coming next month that the company hopes will help spur sales of their handheld line even more.