amiibo

What happened?
Why did it die out?

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    A combination of the turbo israeli reseller community fricking up any sort of fun combined with the emulation community realizing that the chips are stupid easy to replicate so homebrew became the superior option.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      The Smash ones selling like crazy convinced Nintendo anything would sell, so they printed way too many of the Animal Crossing ones, which ultra tanked.
      Since then they've been much more limited, now just making amiibos for specific games. The only series that seems to get consistent frequent ones nowadays is Splatoon.

      Explain why skylanders didn’t suffer from scalpers back when it was popular

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        The characters.
        You aren't buying a figure for Skylanders if you don't have the game since the characters are new and unknown to anyone who doesn't own the games.
        Meanwhile many people buy amiibo for characters even if they don't have the games they support, since they have some value as a cheap collectible of a character you may like in addition to whatever tiny unlock they get in each game.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >combined with the emulation community realizing that the chips are stupid easy to replicate
      so you're saying their objective was never to make collectibles and it was just a physical paywall?
      truly reprehensible.

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The Smash ones selling like crazy convinced Nintendo anything would sell, so they printed way too many of the Animal Crossing ones, which ultra tanked.
    Since then they've been much more limited, now just making amiibos for specific games. The only series that seems to get consistent frequent ones nowadays is Splatoon.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I liked the smash ones since they looked like the in-game trophies and I bought the ones of the characters I like. I haven't used them in game though

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      That’s a “Lottie” of amiibo

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      is Lottie black or something?

    • 1 week ago
      Moose

      >Since then they've been much more limited, now just making amiibos for specific games.
      They've also been constantly reprinting Smash and Mario series Amiibos. They just reprinted Marth, Terry, Cloud (Not the AC one as well sadly), Shulk, and Joker for Smash while reprinting Mario series Bowser and DK.

      [...]
      Explain why skylanders didn’t suffer from scalpers back when it was popular

      Because Skylanders wasn't as interesting due to being a no-name brand. Spyro was literally the only thing people knew about it. Meanwhile Smash had every single character from notable video games whose only piece of merchandise was that Amiibo.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >The only series that seems to get consistent frequent ones nowadays is Splatoon.
      Imagine the hot glue...

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        I don't have to. <:3c

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Security was too weak, and they didn't use them to allow early access to Smash Bros fighters.

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >literal disc locked content tied to an extremely rare toy
    Worst shit they ever did by far

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      the female corrin amiibo was 200$ on the second hand market for years. Imagine if you wanted the DLC from her

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        splatoon was released as a bare bones game but had a bunch of single player content only available from amiibo. That shit was horrendous

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Animal Crossing Amiibos flopping

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Probably didn't help that the game they were made for sucked ass. If the amiibos were made for new horizons it probably would've done better. Maybe not as well as the smash amiibo but if they gave people an actual reason to buy them it would've helped

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    They were so easy to fake that it led to nintendo never bothering to put anything substantial behind them.

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Nintendo realized they could sell cardboard instead and save money

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >still this buttmad about labo
      uhh, okay moron, whatever you say

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        labo was an embarrassing flop, good thing ninendo hides live players count so you wouldn't kys when you see your fav switch game has only 1000 players during peak hours.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Toys to life was way ahead of its time

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    A combination of
    >Nintendo not being able to meet demand
    >Nintendo wouldn't commit to the idea. Games that actually made extensive use of Amiibos were relegated to shovelware no one wanted, whereas other games did like one thing with Amiibos making them seem pointless
    >Not being able to escape the idea that game content locked behind a physical toy is a stupid fricking idea

    Arguably the only good implementation of Amiibos was in Animal Crossing New Leaf, and that was mostly because they half gave up on the concept and just made them cards instead which made it way more feasible to meet demand, making them more confident about actually having them do something important in a game while still being completely optional and somewhat unintrusive.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    They all disappeared up someone's ass

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Hey Matt. Spardot collects amiibos. You obviously eat them.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I'm more concerned that this happened at all

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I'm embarrassed how many of these I bought, I don't even display them, I'm just going to give them to some kid some day

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      it's okay anon, we all make dumb purchases sometime

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Literally mismanagement from Nintendo. People were on board only because of the smash line and who can blame them? Who wouldn't want a trophy or figure from their smash main? Hell, for some characters it's or was their only piece of official merch, for example Palutena.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Got figures of Ridley, K. Rool, and Banjo because of Smash
      Makes me happy.

      As for OP's question, I think a big issue with Amiibo these days is that there just isn't anything to do with them. I remember playing Yoshi's Wooley World and enjoying that every single Amiibo at the time could unlock a skin for Yoshi that you could use. Nowadays, you're lucky if an Amiibo gives you a health restore in a game. Woo.

      It's probably too much to ask for a Skylanders type game at this point, but something substantial for Amiibo to do other than collect dust would help them out significantly. Just so long as they don't pull another Amiibo Festival and make it so that you can ONLY play with a specific line of Amiibo. And also not terrible to play.

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The animal crossing ones are easy to blame, but it didn't really die. It just ran its course. Toys to Life wasn't as popular; they stopped supporting them in their games as much (as little as they already did), and I think most huge fans already got what they wanted. They still seem to put them out every now and then. Its just that Amiibo was really the only thing keeping them going in the Wii u era, and there's no real reason for them to stay the focus.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Toys to Life wasn't as popular
      no shit, no one likes physical paywalls

    • 1 week ago
      Moose

      >Toys to Life wasn't as popular
      Toys to Life WAS popular. Disney Infinity in particular was not only the top selling brand until Disney went full moron and cancelled it for no reason despite making massive profits and being the most profitable game series they've ever had, but they continually ran out of figures and only shelwarmed on garbage decisions like a million Yondu and Hulk figures.
      Amiibos themselves were also super popular and still are to this day since they sell out regularly (Sora was sold out EVERYWHERE for pre-orders and they had to stock even more pre-orders), they just shelfwarm on stuff people don't want like the Mario series variants of Mario, Luigie, Bowser, or Peach, the Monster Hunter Stories ones, Animal Crossing series (Not the cards, cards sell out like crazy), Minecraft's dual pack, and apparently Xenoblade 3's and Metroid Dread's which have been shelfwarming for a while.

      Lego Dimensions and Kamen Rider Summonride were the ones where it was too expensive for anyone to care about paying for them even though Lego Dimensions as a game is probably their best one just due to the sheer amount of weird crossovers.
      Skylanders is the one where it ran its course and people simply stopped being interested and they stopped stocking shelves.

  15. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I still buy them

  16. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The problem with "toys to life" is, making them good enough to be an actual toy makes them too expensive to buy en-masse (which is the whole point, but if you make them cheaply (like Amiibo's) then they'll be too low quality to be worth buying as a toy/display, and then there's no reason not to just buy the little NFT chip cards off eBay. In the end there's no way to make them not inferior to just selling DLC the regular way.

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