Back at E3, Nintendo announced a line of figurines modeled after some of its favorite IP, including Mario, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, and more. The first few waves of these figures, called “Amiibo,” line up with the cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS. And while figures like Mario and Pikachu are sure to stay in production for a long time, according to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, some of these Amiibo will only be produced for a limited time.
“The amiibo figure lineup for “Super Smash Bros.” will continue to be released even after this year-end sales season, and we hope that this will help to update store shelves. As store shelf space is limited, some amiibo will remain stocked on the shelves as staple choices while some will be limited-time offers which will cede their positions to new ones once they are sold out. … With these offerings, I believe the Nintendo characters lined up on shelves, which usually only contain standard-sized boxes, will have an outstanding presence, and this means a lot to us.”
If there are any fellow collectors reading this, you may want to get your hands on Wii Fit Trainer, Marth, Little Mac, and other lesser-known properties while you still can. You’ll have years to buy Link and Samus, but a Duck Hunt figurine? Not so much.