Amiibo hunting has gotten to preposterous levels at this point. With each new wave, we can be sure that one character will become the new 'rare' one due to being massively under-stocked. Cue skyrocketing Ebay prices, trips across state and ludicrous levels of hording. It has kind of ruined Nintendo's toy-to-life line for the people it was probably originally meant for, the kids.
Well, Nintendo have acknowledged that fact now and promised to supply to demand a little better from now on. In a statement on their Facebook page, the company said:
We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.
We're trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.
As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.
I hope they stick to this. 'Amiibogedon', as it was coined, has attained ludicrous levels and in the end, it's only hurting customers.