The figure-shaped Amiibos are now old news. Nintendo has announced plans to release select Amiibos this year in the form of collectible cards.
“In contrast to the current figure-shaped Amiibo available, we will make Amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans,” revealed CEO and president Satoru Iwata during the company’s financial results briefing today.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about Amiibo cards. In December, Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the company could still make discontinued Amiibos available in the form of cards.
This came in the wake of Nintendo’s statement that it won’t be returning some of the less popular figures to stores once the stock runs out.
This means their functionality with existing games would be unavailable to most players. The alternate solution to this is to release them in the form of cards.
During the briefing today, Iwata also stated that Nintendo would consider producing more of the popular Amiibos if there was enough demand for it. This would solve the issue of rare Amiibos that were announced to be discontinued following the sale of the first few batches.
Currently some of these can be found for sale by third-party owners but at ridiculous prices. That grey market would take a dive when Nintendo starts releasing them again.