At this point in time, it’s likely that (despite any preferences or discontent with the current Nintendo consoles) consumers are all too familiar with the house of Mario’s take on the ever-popular toys-to-life genre, amiibo. The scannable figurines have been equal parts enjoyable to amass as they are challenging to find, and the madness that consumes those that collect these gaming-centric statues likely won’t be dying down at any point in the near future.
While the dust is still settling following the arrival of the fourth wave of amiibo just weeks ago, the next pair of characters are now set to arrive ahead of a more fleshed out wave in just a few weeks time. The characters featured in this wave are none other than Palutena and Dark Pit of Kid Icarus fame, but fans will have to go to different retailers in order to secure the toys.
While it has been known for some time already that Dark Pit will be exclusive to Best Buy stores, Amazon has revealed that it has the exclusive selling rights to the goddess Palutena in North America. Taking to Twitter, the online retailer made its announcement, locking down what many can only assume will be a decent chunk of cash from Nintendo fans in the process.
Since this deal is North America-wide, it’ll remain true for both the United States of America and its neighbor to the North, Canada, as well. The arrival of Palutena will be different this time around, however, as fans won’t be able to pre-order the figure beforehand. Instead, the company plans on making the collectible available for purchase on July 24, with an exact time that will be communicated prior to the figure’s launch.
As has been the trend with recent amiibo launches, Palutena will be one per customer in a bid to cut down on scalpers – a sad reality for those that were hoping to secure an additional figurine for a friend or family member. It’s also been said that there is a lot more stock for this Amazon-exclusive then previous amiibo, which means that the toy likely won’t sell out upon seconds of going live.
The craziness surrounding amiibo collecting is truly unlike any other game-related merchandise ever released, and it’s unlikely that Nintendo will be changing that anytime soon. Evidently, with over 10.5 million toys shipped as of March, the momentum of these scannable hunks of plastic doesn’t seem to be slowing down at any point in the near future.
Will you be trying to secure a Palutena amiibo? Which amiibo are you looking forward to? Get at us in the comments.