I’ll admit it, I have a crippling addition to Nintendo’s Amiibo figures that they started pumping out last year. It started out harmlessly enough. Last December, after receiving a copy of Hyrule Warriors for Christmas, I thought “Oh I’ll just get Link. I love Zelda games and that spinner would be fun in Hyrule Warriors”.
I dropped by the local Walmart near where I was staying. There was only one of Link, Samus, Peach, and Zelda Amiibo strung up nonchalantly near the video games. Nothing else. Something snapped in my mind when I saw that, and I ended up walking out with all four. After that impulse buy, I started researching them online. Rumors were flying online that some were being discontinued. I hastily ordered a Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong Amiibo from Amazon. Kirby followed soon after. Eventually, only just getting my favourite characters turned into “I NEED them all!”.
I started importing them and camping out in front of stores on release days. Now I have 57 of them… And no, I don’t even have a copy of Super Smash Bros. (don’t worry, it’s on my list of games I want). They are just so adorable and I’ve wanted something like this ever since child me saw the trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Yesterday, I picked up #56 and #57 from my local Walmart: 8-Bit Mario – Classic and 8-Bit Mario – Modern. I had imported the rest of the wave that released yesterday from Japan so I only needed the 8 Bit Marios. One of them was a Walmart exclusive and that’s why I chose to go there.
My condition is improving now though. I think my days of camping out in front of stores a few hour before opening are over. I rolled up to the store about 10 mins. before opening and was 3rd in line. Three people showed up after me. There was only 6 of us calmly waiting and chatting about our common affliction. The doors opened and the Walmart employee gave us a warm smile and said “Heading to the electronics department right?”.
The employees in the electronics department were a little overwhelmed. Most of them were still in boxes, and the guy kept holding up a Gannondorf when we asked for 8-Bit Mario. We were pleasantly patient with them, not everyone has been gripped by the Amiibo infection, and we all got what we wanted. I left the store happy and headed to work. I also successfully resisted the urge to get a copy of Mario Maker.
Overall, I’m happy with the look of them. I’ve read reviews online that say they only look good from one angle and would have to agree. They look especially odd when looking at them from the side. I guess we’ve never seen 8-Bit Mario from any other angle while playing the classic Mario games. The warp pipe base is a nice touch and they are welcome additions to my wall of shame.