Amiibo, Nintendo’s insanely popular foray into the world of collectible figurines/game add-ons, have been separating hardcore Nintendo fans from their hard earned money ever since launching in November in 2014. But demand has far exceeded supply, leaving rabid Amiibo collectors scrambling to snag the figures they need to round out their collections. Figures regularly sell out and get discontinued, forcing fans to stand at the ready to grab the latest Amiibo figure lest they miss it forever.
Nintendo has raised the collectible Amiibo bar even further, unveiling a limited run of Gold and Silver Mario Amiibo figures. These highly sought after figures would round out the fourth wave of Amiibos, joined by Charizard, Wario, Pac-Man, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Lucina, Robin, and Ness. Not content to offer these coveted Amiibos to all retailers, Nintendo announced that Ness would only be available through GameStop, and Gold Mario could only be purchased at Wal-Mart. Both figures quickly sold out, with Gold Mario selling out online almost instantaneously, but Nintendo has revealed that Silver Mario will not be retailer-exclusive when it releases on May 29th.
Far from being just a nifty looking figure for collectors, the Silver Mario Amiibo will be compatible with several Wii U and 3DS games, which includes:
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Hyrule Warriors
- Mario Kart 8
- Mario Party 10
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS
When used in conjunction with these games, the Silver Mario Amiibo will unlock exclusive items and costumes within the game.
After the Silver Mario Amiibo hits store shelves, fans can look forward to the fifth wave of Amiibos in July and September, which will include Dark Pit, Palutena, Bowser Jr., Captain Olimar, Zero Suit Samus, Ganondorf, and Dr. Mario, with figures for Nintendo’s upcoming third person shooter game Splatoon releasing shortly after.
The Amiibo line has been notorious for falling victim to widespread shortages, but fans are still flocking in droves to grab the figures. Nintendo recently revealed that the Amiibo line has managed to break total sales of 10.5 million, and the numbers only continue to climb. Nintendo has admitted that the Amiibo is experiencing serious shortages, but has promised to get coveted figures restocked, with the Marth Amiibo returning on May 12th, but fans are still fighting tooth and nail for Amiibo figures before the shelves have been picked clean.
Amiibo has become an incredibly hot commodity, and Nintendo was wise to cash in on the line’s success with variant figures. For fans bemoaning the inability to get their mitts on Gold Mario, the Silver Mario Amiibo will serve as a nice consolation prize and is sure to look great in any collection.