For those Nintendo fans that felt the line of Nintendo Amiibo near-field communication figures weren’t exclusive enough, rejoice! Nintendo are releasing a new Amiibo in gold!
Mario — ever the most popular Nintendo trademark — will be receiving his very own limited edition Amiibo, clad from head to toe in gold (paint). Nintendo plans to launch this new extremely limited edition Mario figure on March 20 to coincide with the release of Mario Party 10 for the WiiU. The Super Mario Gold Edition Amiibo launches at a price of $12.26 and can only be found in US Walmart stores. This Amiibo, sold exclusively in precisely 3000 Wal-Mart locations, will mark the third one depicting the well-known Italian plumber — alongside the original “fireball” Mario as well as a much less limited “new wave” Mario. This new normal painted Mario will be included for a limited time, with purchases of Mario Party 10 when it hits on March 20.
This new gold Mario Amiibo will be compatible with supported games like Mario Party 10, which features a new “Amiibo Party” mode that can only be accessed by tapping the compatible Amiibo on the WiiU Gamepad, allowing customization as well as the ability to add them to the game board. Similar to prior figures, players will be able to save items and use them strategically. When used with Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS, the Amiibo can have its status and abilities trained by players to beef them up and help in future fights. The full list of compatible games for Amiibos can be found on Nintendo’s website.
The decision to manufacture each Amiibo in a single wave (with no reprints) is starting to grate on customers: one Reddit thread compared the Amiibo’s exclusivity to Pokémon with the “Gotta catch ’em all” mentality in regards to the rarity of certain figures, while another thread claimed the idea of a Wal-Mart exclusive gold Mario Amiibo was ludicrous. The buzz around the Nintendo Amiibos, with some collectors running across the country and checking every store, is unprecedented. While Nintendo may have alienated some of its fanbase, some people are even scalping them for higher prices, much to other fans’ chagrin. There are even Amiibo trade threads on the internet, and a site dedicated to hunting down these elusive pieces of polymer. Many people may have complained about how exclusive Gold Mario and others are to acquire, but at least they have a chance to snag them. Other countries likely have no chance of getting their hands on this limited edition Mario figure unless they’re willing to pay a fortune online. As for the US, get in fast as this thing likely won’t be around for long.
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