Amiibo wave 4 were announced to be released May 29 during the latest Nintendo Direct, but it wasn’t until the morning after that it all really hit the fan.
A fairly large number of the wave 4 amiibo were revealed to be exclusive to particular retail stores, something that no one ever is really a fan of. Amiibo can sometimes be difficult to find on their own, let alone when they are only available in one location.
The Ness amiibo was announced to be solely available at GameStop. Ness was available through a pre-order in the physical stores or on the retail chain’s website. However, the demand for Ness and the rest of wave 4 amiibo was so immense on GameStop’s website, that the entire website was shut down. GameStop’s servers were hit so hard that some stores even reported cash registers not functioning properly. GameStop’s Facebook page posted the following before announcing all pre-orders were sold out
Due to very strong demand for the newest wave of Nintendo’s amiibo figures, GameStop is experiencing some technical issues with our website.At this time, we are accepting pre-orders of amiibo in stores only while we resolve these issues.We are working aggressively to resolve the technical issues as quickly as possible and expect it to be back online shortly.
Jigglypuff was announced to be exclusive to Target as it went up for pre-order on their website the same day. Less than an hour later, anyone hopeful to score Jigglypuff was met with dismay as the pre-order button was already taken down from the website. For a short time, it was reported that Jigglypuff would only be available online and not in store, but a Target representative assured fans that come May 29, the pink Pokémon would be available both online and in Target stores.
Finally, Greninja will be sold strictly at Toys R Us, who previously also had the exclusive Lucario amiibo. Minutes after beginning pre-orders, they were sold out on the retailer’s website. However, a representative for the retailer stated that fans have the option of pre-ordering in store on Monday, April 27. Each store will have “extremely limited quantities.” Time to camp out?
Has finding and securing the amiibo you want become exhausting? Will you be venturing out on May 29 to get the amiibo you need?