Nintendo dropped many details today about the recent past and the future of Nintendo. As the second quarterly report came it, it revealed many interesting tidbits about the 3DS and Wii U. But also, the company shed some light on some things we can expect in the future.
If you are fan of those little figurines of video game characters called Amiibo, Nintendo’s line of toys-to-life figurines for Wii U and 3DS video games, things have been rough as of late. It is hard to get certain characters with store exclusives and the mad rush to pre-orders. The deluge of pre-orders has caused websites to break down, and some fans have missed out on pre-ordering that desired favorite. In addition, there is a huge scalper problem with the figures. Scalpers buy out all the rare, hard-to-find Amiibos and then sell them for jacked-up prices. In short, fans become enraged, and a Nintendo catches a lot of the flak.
Odds are, if you’re into collecting Amiibo, you saw the above image and your heart sank into the pits of despair. You KNOW getting that is going to be a problem, don’t you? Either that, or you already posted about five pre-order eBay listings before you finished reading this sentence.
We need to talk about Nintendo’s scalper problem. There have been isolated incidents here and there, but nothing like what we’ve seen ever since Amiibos hit the market.
The Associated Press recently conducted an interview session with Shigeru Miyamoto, a man who needs no introduction if you’re the type who looks for websites with names like “PopGeeks.” It’s one of the better interviews with Miyamoto, or any video game high-up, because it dispenses with the “how great are you” suck-ups and gets right to real consumer questions. That usually doesn’t happen.
There is an old, long-running joke in cartoons where somebody will mention an idea, his partner will dismiss it, and then he’ll propose the same idea and remark, “How do I think up these things?” This was most famously seen in Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, but has been repeated over and over by the likes of Plucky Duck, Timon, and now most recently, Nintendo.