The Skylanders and Disney Infinity market is something that many fans of Nintendo have hoped that they would have cracked into years ago. Finally with the introduction of Amiibo, many fans of the Big N are getting their wishes granted. With the figures on the market and in the homes of many loyalists, are the Amiibos what every fan was hoping for, or are they just cheap toys with limited use? Let’s take a look!
I’ll be blunt with you guys, I fell in love with Amiibos as soon as my Villager arrived at my house. Once he was scanned in and fighting against me in Smash Bros for Wii U, I was completely sold on the idea. I rushed out to my local Target and bought the rest that I was missing. You got me Nintendo, you really did.
Now although I’m personally a huge fan of these, there are some hiccups along the road with them. The quality of some are a bit iffy. When it comes to more human characters like Link, Marth and Princess Peach, the faces look a wonky and cheap. Also overall quality of the Samus Amiibo is a real shame. She’s just sloppily done and if any of the Amiibos scream “hey we’re mass produced,” it would be her. As you can see in the video, she’s just not up to par with the others like Donkey Kong or Mario.
The quality of others is outstanding though. Mario looks amazing. His colors pop and the transparent-orange plastic for the flame is awesome. Donkey Kong is also really nice and Fox also shows a very nice build quality to him. It seems the the more “cartoon” characters really shine in this first wave. Pikachu, Kirby, Villager, etc., all really look great and their colors pop.
When it comes to functionality, the Smash Bros thing was enough to sell me, but it’s also nice that they work with other games. The costumes in Mario Kart 8 are nicely done and the idea that you get random items in Hyrule Warriors (with the exception of Link) is pretty damn neat as well.
I would be lying if I said that some of the fun wasn’t from tracking these bad boys down and walking to the checkout with a handful of Amiibos, but they truly are a nice product in their own right. They look good (for the most part), they work well in the games, and they also make great display items for those who just want quality Nintendo “statues”.
If you’re a fan of Nintendo, I’d advise you to go out and grab some. Give them a try and if you enjoy them, go finish the set. I can’t wait to see the other waves hit store shelves and I hope that I could provide a bit of insight into these figures for you guys.