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manuel said:
Tachikoma said:
I have yet to be tempted by a single amiibo, doubt that's going to change any time soon, "missing out on dlc" or not.


Not even the cute Yoshis?

Hand in your girl license right now, young lady!

I'd take a metal gear rex over a yoshi every damn time.



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SpokenTruth said:
Nintendo orders production of what retailers order.

This is a retailer issue, Not a production issue.

Supply and demand. The demand must come from the retailer for the supply to go into production.

You could argue that months ago. Not now whenever production has no real signs of increasing and they're resorting to random windows of availability to launch the next waves of amiibos, while also stopping very highly demanded ones in current production.



When Amiibo was announced, I decided I would not be taking part in the whole affair.
Seems that decision saved me a lot of hassle.



I didn't think there would be a direct this week, cos I'm a pessimistic dunce.

Nintendo is being very stupid about this and they know it.

From the new wave 4 amiibos, the stores in my city got very few (between 1-3) of the 'rare' amiibos yet they'll also get like 20-30 Pac-Man amiibos in each store. Honestly, who the f**k that works at Nintendo decided that Pac-Man was the most demanding and that they needed to make more Pac-Man than any of the other amiibos?



Jim Sterling is mostly spot on here. I have to say I don't see why Nintendo would be making them purposefully rare - it's not them who make the money off resellers. If they would just produce the right amount to meet the demand then they would make the most possible money, whilst not irritating their fans. As usual Nintendo come off looking incompetent.



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Tachikoma said:
manuel said:


Not even the cute Yoshis?

Hand in your girl license right now, young lady!

I'd take a metal gear rex over a yoshi every damn time.





Need something off Play-Asia? http://www.play-asia.com/

Jim Sterling is one of the worst gaming commentators ever and the fact that people take him seriously is pathetic.



bananaking21 said:
i really dont understand amibo's. people lining up in line for a plastic toy?

If it helps, they occasionally line up in squares instead.



outlawauron said:
SpokenTruth said:
Nintendo orders production of what retailers order.

This is a retailer issue, Not a production issue.

Supply and demand. The demand must come from the retailer for the supply to go into production.

You could argue that months ago. Not now whenever production has no real signs of increasing and they're resorting to random windows of availability to launch the next waves of amiibos, while also stopping very highly demanded ones in current production.

So you think they had plans in motion only prior to launch?  Each wave had a planned production run based on initial retailer demand  You can't call up the production company, scrap all your orignal contract obligations, reorganize every wave, every character for every region...and adjust accordingly.  At least not without major expenses that could easily end up negating the profits gained from the increased sales.

Let me ask, do any of us have any idea what the production capacity of the production company is?  How many different characters can they develop simultanesouly?  How many distribution channels do they have regionally?  Globally?  Say they ramp up production somehow, can the distribution channel handle the increased load?

Seriously, if it were so damn simple as flipping a production switch, they'd have done it by now.  But of course, Nintendo is wholly at fault.  There are no logistics or production or business issues to consider.  That's to real world for people to give a damn about  Let's just finger point a target and play the blame game because it's easier.  



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hentai_11 said:
Ouroboros24 said:
Hahaha, funny really. Any of you doubters that Nintendo is making a conscious decision to limit specific Amiibo are just not getting it. You just are not understanding what Amiibo is. Amiibo is trading cards, not software. Software you want to sell a shit load of, millions and millions of them. Amiibo is trading cards because you can find a mana card like you can find a Mario amiibo, but to get all the rare foil cards, you have to continue to go to walmart and buy booster cards(A chance to buy a rare amiibo).

You don't think Nintendo is doing it on purpose, they are...they are. And it's for the best. Certainly scalpers will get there hands on it first, but tell me, who is really upset that an issue number 1 of the Amazing Spiderman is selling for $5000? Does it suck, yes, but is it the norm, you bet your butt it is. So Jim is no longer buying amiibos, yeah right. He's like a wrestling fan, wrestling sucks now, the product is stale, but best believe they tune in every so often to watch the boring piece of shitzu. Sure, it's the first year Amiibo are out and people a bitching they can't find their favorite character, but next year a Marth Amiibo is going to be Jace, the Mind sculptor. http://www.cardkingdom.com/catalog/item/129937?gclid=CO6ojejE8MUCFQaTaQodm4cApw

Everyone falls out of love with yu-gi-oh, Magic, Pokem TCG, Kaijudo, etc, those are the bandwagoners. There are bandwagoners in everything. Amiibo is a wagon everyone is hopping on to at the moment, but the reason why it will be successful in the next 5 years is because it is trading cards. It's a platform that survives by being rare. Get over it. If you want a Marth, fork over the extra dough. If you want a Mercedes, fork over the extra dough. That's life.

Your comparison doesn't make sense. If you buy a booster pack, than the card producing company gets your money. If you go in the store and don't find the amiibo you seek, than nintendo doesn't make any money. If you fork over the extra cash and buy it from the scalper than nintendo still only gets the normal price, which the scalper paid.

I doubt Nintendo does it on purpose.

You miss the point.  Every amiibo that's on the shelf is going to be gone.  Even the Mario, Peach, yoshi, Luigi, Zelda, each one of them gone.  That's because those amiibo are the default, the entry level amiibo, the amiibo that nintendo wants the customer to buy.  Other amiibo like Marth, Pit, Ness, even in low quantity, will sell out as soon as they're on the shelf.  It's the scarcity that Nintendo is selling, the scarcity that drives the Amiibo fad, the scarcity that will make them last for more than a year.  No, it's not a perfect analogy, but it does make sense that TCG and amiibo are overlapping in business strategy. 

So you're telling me that Nintendo can't make even enough Marth amiibo to where they're seen in the wild?  Marth, just one character, first wave as of november 2014, more than 6 months since release.  Even production to where Marth is as readily available as Yoshi or Peach.  Not one single character that they know are in high demand is readily available?  Not after all the outcry and venom about nintendo not making enough, criticism from every gaming outlet, even local news and casual news.  You're telling me that nintendo isn't doing this on purpose?  Maybe.