Nintendo have never been the best at ensuring that the supply for their products stays above or relative to the demand – like the shortage of Gamecube controller adapters when Super Smash Bros. came out for the Wii U. But now it seems that Nintendo’s Amiibo’s are becoming in short supply, with rarer characters being damn near impossible to find.
The news came after a post on the companies Facebook page, admitting that they had not anticipated the level of demand the small plastic figures would bring and they even acknowledge the fact that some figures are harder to find than others. However, they are claiming that they will be upping the number of units that are produced and shipped to retail with hopes to keep up with the unexpected demand.
Launched in 2014, the small plastic figures allow users to enhance their in-game experience using near field communication with the Wii U and New 3DS, very much similar to DLC except in a physical form. Aside from just improving the gameplay of supported games, it also brings in a very “gotta catch ’em all” vibe, with users trying to get their hands on the most scarce of characters, sometimes paying premium prices.
Unfortunately this popularity has caused increased prices and unhappy customers but with Nintendo promising to improve, we should see stability once again restored in the near future.