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The Chibi-Robo amiibo is ADORABLE

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Just look at the wee little fella! He’s brightened up my desk with his cheeky little face – surely Chibi-Robo easily takes the prize as the cutest amiibo so far.

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I bought the cheeky scamp as part of the above package with the game Chibi-Robo Zip Lash – I spotted the bundle for the absolutely bargainous price of £16 online, and I couldn’t resist adding it to my collection.

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I’ve never played the original Chibi-Robo game, but I hope to some day – I listed it as one of the ten GameCube games I’d most like to see on the Nintendo Switch Virtual Console. Chibi-Robo Zip Lash met with fairly mediocre reviews when it came out, but I’m still keen to give it a go. To be honest though, I bought the bundle more for the amiibo than the game.

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As with previous amiibo, the attention to detail is fantastic. Chibi’s cable is made from a kind of stiff rubber that’s different from the plug atop his head, and I love the little grass patch he’s sitting on. Bravo, Nintendo, bravo.

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A few thoughts on today’s Nintendo Direct

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from today’s Nintendo Direct, seeing as Nintendo have said they won’t be revealing the NX just yet, even though it’s supposedly imminent. So what would they be showing then? Surely the pipes for the 3DS and Wii U must be a little dry right now as development swaps to the NX? Well, yes and no. There was nothing to really set the world alight in the presentation, but a few things made me sit up and notice, and even perhaps let out the odd ‘ooooooh’.

  • The reveal that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is out to download RIGHT NOW from the Wii U virtual console only served to make me chastise myself for the fact that I still haven’t gotten around to playing this game, DESPITE OWNING IT SINCE LAUNCH. I am mentally moving it up in the ‘to play’ order in my head as I write this.
  • zelda amiibosThose Zelda 30th anniversary amiibos were a nice surprise, and yet more fuel for my amiibo addition. To be honest, none is as cool as the Wolf Link amiibo that came out a little while back, not to mention the stonkingly brilliant Breath of the Wild amiibos that are on their way, but Ocarina Link is pretty cool. Look at him there, all wistful.
  • crrmmkewiae0w1bjpg-2c51a9_765wSpeaking of amiibos, the Poochy amiibo is just taking cuteness to the next level. I’m tempted to get it just to sit next to Yarn Yoshi on my shelf, even though I wasn’t too fussed about Yoshi’s Woolly World as a game.
  • Oooooh, another StreetPass Mii Plaza update! So now you can have 100 Miis in your plaza instead of just 10? And you can opt to skip most of the dialogue? And there are five new games that have been designed to be played in extremely short bursts? It’s like they read my mental tick list of all the things I wanted them to do to improve this. OK, the 3DS is going back into my bag, we’re-a-going Mii hunting.
  • 20160901_084223Ever Oasis is without doubt my highlight of the presentation. It’s from Grezzo, who did the wonderful 3DS conversion of Majora’s Mask, and Koichi Ishii, creator of the Mana series, is behind it. I love the idea of expanding your desert oasis and attracting more people to live there – building up bases and getting people to live in them was one of my highlights of Xenoblade Chronicles.
  • Now this was a surprise – a 2D Pikmin game for the 3DS. Looks kind of interesting, but I can’t help feel it might simplify the gameplay a little too much. And now it’s billed as an ‘action game’ rather than the puzzle/resource gathering game of old. Hmmm. I’m all for more Pikmin games, as I loved the first three, but I’m currently not sold on its reinvention as a 2D platformer thing. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out…
  • I’m looking forward to the rerelease of Dragon Quest VII – I’ve never played a Dragon Quest game, and I reckon it’s about damn time I tried one. I remember when Dragon Quest VIII was released when I was living in Japan, and pretty much the whole country stopped just to play that game. Happily, that’s coming to the 3DS as well in 2017 – nice to know there’s another one lined up if I enjoy number seven.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit Justice is obviously a must buy when it’s released on 8th September. Shame they seem to have skipped out on releasing the Sherlock Holmes one in the west though.
  • WiiUDS_JotunValhallaEdition_03_image912wOut of all the indie games in the line-up, the one that stood out by a country mile was Jotun: Valhalla Edition. The hand-drawn graphics look amazing. Apparently it came out for PC last year, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it. I’ve no idea whether it’s any good or not, but I’m tempted to buy it for the graphics alone.

So, despite no news of the NX, it turns out there’s plenty of upcoming Nintendo games that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on – not to mention some tasty-looking amiibos. So much for whittling down the backlog.

Anyway, here’s the whole presentation if you want to give it a watch:

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Roy has arrived!

My Roy amiibo finally arrived this morning – and only three days late. Ooooh, GAME UK whyIoughta… [shakes fist]. To be fair, they sent it out on Thursday morning, so it’s probably more Royal Mail to blame. But everyone loves to take a pop at GAME sometimes, don’t they? *mumble mumble preowned prices mumble mumble extortionate mumble mumble*

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Anyway, as ever I’m impressed by the level of detail on the amiibo figurines, they really are great little things. Roy’s mega flares are the standout this time around – just look at those glorious bad boys.

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Yes sirree, my Fire Emblem amiibo set is shaping up nicely – just Corrin to go!

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It’s nearly Roy day

Things have been quiet on the amiibo front of late. The last one I bought was R.O.B. back in November, although before that there was a relative flood of them through my front door in summer.

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And now another one is due to arrive. Tomorrow, Roy will join my other four Fire Emblem amiibo – and eventually Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates will complete the set, whenever she goes on sale. I’m a Fire Emblem fan, in case you can’t tell.

The irony of all this is that even though all of these amiibos come from the Super Smash Bros. Collection, I’ve barely played the actual game they’re meant to work with: I sunk a few hours into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U back when I bought it in December 2014, but I don’t think I’ve played it since then. Except, that is, when I took it to a stag do last year and pretty much everyone hated it, labelling it “too confusing”. They’ve got a point.

Pretty much the same thing happened with Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii – I played and enjoyed it for a few hours, but then never went back. I guess fighting games just don’t really hold the appeal for me that they once did.

Tiny plastic figurines, on the other hand, have me enthralled.

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What amiibo shortage?

The last couple of times I’ve popped into GAME, I’ve been surprised at just how many amiibo are in stock. It seems that Nintendo have firmly delivered on their promise back in May to increase amiibo production. I saw all sorts of previously rare amiibo on my visits to GAME stores in Walthamstow and Edinburgh, including Greninja, Game and Watch dude and tonnes of others.

Amiibo stand in Walthamstow GAME, mid-October.

Amiibo stand in Walthamstow GAME, mid-October.

After months and months of amiibo shortages, the sight of an amiibo stand packed full to bursting with the little blighters almost sent me into a frenzy. I’ve long since convinced myself that I don’t really need the likes of Duck Hunt Dog or Captain Olimar, but when I saw them dangling there,  RIPE FOR THE PICKING, I very nearly just grabbed them and dashed towards the shop counter, credit card waving in the air.

But I didn’t. Luckily I managed to wrestle my inner child to the floor with a Self-Control TaserTM and walked briskly from the shop.

However, one amiibo that did manage to sneak past Self-Control’s formidable (yet negotiable) defences was R.O.B.

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I pre-ordered the little fella a few months back, and he plopped through my doorstep several weeks ago, although I didn’t think to note the occasion at the time. Look at the wee scamp! He’s got a tiny On-Off switch and everything!

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I’m particularly impressed with the detail on this one. Amiibos really are lovely little things, aren’t they? Having said that, my living room is beginning to resemble a toy shop, so I’m choosing my future purchases carefully – next on the list is Roy, due for release next year.

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It seems that amiibo have been a huge success for Nintendo, with more than 21 million sold so far. Interestingly, more than half of those sales were made in the US, which leads me to wonder what the amiibo stock situation is like stateside. So, dear American readers, is it easy enough to buy amiibo over there now? Or are there still chronic shortages?

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Amiibo Bonanza

Following a spate of excited pre-orders a few months back, and the many trials and tribulations I went through in trying to order a Woolly Yoshi amiibo, all of my chickens have come home to roost, so to speak. That is, a tonne of amiibos descended on my house, much to the alarm of Ms. D. (“How many more of these are coming?” were her exact words.)

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First up were these two cheeky so-and-sos. I ended up buying Splatoon online in a moment of weakness a couple of weeks back, and I decided to nab these two Inkling amiibos while I was at it. I still haven’t found the time to play the game beyond the tutorial (the reality of parenthood bites), but at least I’ve been able to admire the craftsmanship on these two lovely figurines while burping Merriweather Jr.

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I’m particularly impressed with the detail on the back – the tiny ink canister looks great. Now if only it contained real ink…

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Next to arrive was Ganondorf, another impressively detailed figure.

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He now lives next to Link on my bookshelf.

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Next was the amiibo I’ve been really looking forward to – Woolly Yoshi (a.k.a. Yarn Yoshi).

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Look how cute he is!

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The label is a great touch.

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At first glance it appears to be merely an ultra-cute plush toy, but look underneath and its hidden amiibo-ness is revealed…

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And finally, a rather pleasant surprise. I missed out on Shulk first time around – the figure sold out pretty much immediately on release back in February. But last week a stock alert popped up in my emails saying that Nintendo had restocked the figures. By the time I clicked through to the Nintendo UK website they’d already sold out (this was only half an hour or so after the email arrived), but luckily GAME still had some in stock.

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Shulk has been going for crazy prices on Amazon and auction sites – about £70 on Amazon last time I checked, although I imagine it’s much less now the figure has been restocked. I briefly contemplated ordering Shulk in from Japan for about £40 a few months back, but I’m glad I kept my sanity and decided to wait! So pleased to finally get have this one for my collection – I’ve been playing stupid amounts of Xenoblade Chronicles recently, so it’s fitting to finally get the Shulk figure.

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So what next? Well I’m holding off on amiibos for the near future – the living room is starting to look a bit like a toy shop, so any future additions will have to be really special to warrant being added to my already fairly substantial collection. I’ve been tempted by a few from the next amiibo waves: specifically Chibi-Robo, R.O.B. and Duck Hunt Dog. However, I reckon I can probably live without them.

Roy, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. I already have the other four Fire Emblem characters from Super Smash Bros. (see above), so it would be a criminal shame if Roy couldn’t join them on the mantelpiece…

Buy Green Yarn Yoshi amiibo from Amazon UK.
Buy Shulk amiibo from Amazon UK.

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My Fire Emblem amiibo set is complete

IMG_2607Good news everyone! With the arrival of Robin and Lucina, my set of Fire Emblem amiibos is complete! At least until they decide to release any more Fire Emblem-themed amiibos, that is.

Lucina, of course, is one of the main characters in the recent Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS, whereas Robin is the player’s character in that very same game – and until Super Smash Brothers for Wii U came out, I had no idea he/she had a name (you usually give the character a moniker at the start of the game). The amiibo is of the male version of the character – although Ms D thought he was a woman. I suppose he is a bit androgynous…

IMG_2610As with the other Fire Emblem amiibos, I’m impressed with the level of detail on these figures – they really look great. Even Ms D admitted that they look pretty cool, even though she’s slightly concerned that tiny plastic toys are taking over the living room. She asked me how many more are arriving.

“Just one,” I replied, “It’s Yarn Yoshi, but that one’s made out of wool, so it looks really cool… Oh, and Ganondorf as well.”

Cue raised eyebrow.

“Well, he needs to keep Link company…”

IMG_2611Anyway, back to Lucina. I was surprised to see her sporting this rather comprehensive support structure, although her legs are pretty spindly, so it’s understandable. To be honest though, the support is fairly unobtrusive – unlike Link’s massive yellow pole. The less said about that, the better. Although actually I barely notice it any more – like a carpet stain that you get so used to that you’re surprised when guests point it out.

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But I digress. The main thing is that Marth, Ike, Robin and Lucina are together at last, and looking rather lovely on my mantelpiece. I’m looking forward to nabbing Codename STEAM when it’s finally released over here and zapping these characters into the game. But to be honest, that’s just a bonus feature – I mostly bought this lot just to look great on the shelf. And I’m fairly sure that’s what most amiibo collectors will say, too.

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