Date: December 21, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Some of the fighters added to Smash Ultimate post-launch will be getting their amiibo reprinted in 2024.
The future of the Nintendo Switch amiibo line appears uncertain in 2024, with ongoing rumors suggesting the imminent announcement of its successor. Recent game releases, including Super Mario Bros. Wonder, have seen no accompanying amiibo figures. The upcoming release of Sora’s amiibo on February 16, 2024, is anticipated to be a pivotal moment for collectors. Notably, this date will also mark the re-print and re-release of amiibo figures for three additional Smash Ultimate characters introduced post-launch: Joker, Terry, and Banjo-Kazooie.
The availability of pre-orders for the trio at Best Buy coincided with Sora’s amiibo, resulting in a rapid depletion of the initial stock. Despite this, ongoing availability updates may occur, as Best Buy might manage stock releases in waves to prevent congestion.
Sora’s impending amiibo release signifies a milestone as every character in Smash Ultimate will now have their own figure, totaling 95 Smash amiibos, with some characters having multiple versions. The reissuing of hard-to-find figures alongside Sora’s release could be a strategic move if Nintendo indeed concludes the Switch amiibo line after this point, providing collectors with a chance to complete their collections before transitioning to the next console.
In addition to the Smash characters, Shulk’s amiibo is confirmed to receive a 2024 reprint, arriving a bit earlier in January alongside the Xenoblade Mio and Noah two-pack. For those focused on Smash additions, the Steve and Alex two-pack from Minecraft is currently in stock at Best Buy without requiring a pre-order.
The hope lingers that Nintendo will continue producing amiibo for its next console, given the evident demand whenever popular figures are made available. While Nintendo’s motivations may not always align with market demand, the popularity of amiibo figures suggests their continued value. For newcomers to amiibo collecting or those seeking to complete their collections before a potential transition, comprehensive guides are available for various series, including The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, and more.
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