Are you a complete sucker for nostalgia? Are you nostalgic for the charming audacity of videogames in the 1980s? Do you have an unhealthy obsession with Amiibo?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above, then this concerns you.
This Saturday, August 8, 2015, the Amiibo Retro 3-Pack, containing the Amiibo versions of Duck Hunt, R.O.B. and Mr. Game & Watch will be available for pre-order at Gamestop.
Yes, Gamestop only because, apparently, the Retro 3-Pack is the latest victim of Amiibo exclusivity shenanigans in the United States! Sadly this means if you want to get any of the above three Amiibo without importing, you’re going to have to get them from Gamestop.
But wait, there’s more! If you only wanted one or two of the retro Amiibo, then, well... too bad! You’re getting all three whether you like it or not!
This is only the latest in a long line of frustrating store exclusives for Amiibo in the United States. Just last week, the Dark Pit Amiibo sold out online in one day, and disappeared from store shelves almost as quickly, as an exclusive at Best Buy. The week before, the Palutena Amiibo (an Amazon exclusive) sold out within an hour of being available.
As usual, it’s unclear whether those exclusives will ever get restocks. Considering how quickly they sold out, one would think Nintendo would be foolish not to restock them. And Nintendo has had an additional wave of releases for some of their exclusives over the past few months. For example, Target-exclusive Jigglypuff, Toys R Us-exclusive Greninja, and Gamestop-exclusive Ness did all receive a round of restocks to varying degrees (in higher population areas, these largely flew off shelves just as fast as the first round, and have yet to be stocked again).
Will the Retro 3-Pack be as incredibly popular as the other exclusives have been? Signs can only point to yes. For example, the Splatoon 3-Pack sold out instantaneously in the United States and appears to be gone for good at this point. Of course, that set included an Amiibo that couldn’t be obtained on its own, but given the way all other exclusives have sold out immediately on their first day, it’s a good bet that the Retro pack will have the same happen.
So, will anyone else be lining up to pre-order the Retro 3-Pack? Does anyone else even really care about Amiibo? And what do you think about store exclusivity as a practice, especially with respect to products like Amiibo? And, most importantly, how cute is that Duck Hunt Amiibo, huh? Damn it’s just... so ridiculously cute!