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WE’RE GOING ON AN AMIIBO HUNT. WE’RE GOING TO CATCH A RARE ONE.

WE’RE GOING ON AN AMIIBO HUNT. WE’RE GOING TO CATCH A RARE ONE.

With all the dramatics about how certain amiibo figures are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, I’ve begun to wonder how much of this is hype and how much of it is true. I’ve decided to take a look and see exactly where I can track down those sought-after figures without paying those ridiculous eBay prices.

Of course, I’ll be looking at stores and retailers close to my own location and the stock levels reflect the time this article was written. However, this might make you think to look around online and at local retailers a little more before paying highly inflated prices.

  • Mario – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. GAME stores have increased the price of amiibos to £14.99 (although online amiibos are back to £10.99 again) so you’re better off ordering from the Nintendo online store and paying £10.99 with free delivery. Alternatively, Argos has him in stock for £10.99 also.
  • Peach – obtainable
    Less available than Mario, for instance she is sold out on the Nintendo website. However, it’s still not time to resort to higher prices, not even from GAME, as Argos has her in stock in every local store to me for £10.99.
  • Yoshi – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is the Nintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Donkey Kong  – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is the Nintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Link – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Fox – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Samus – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online storefor £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Wii Fit Trainer – difficult to obtain
    This amiibo is sold out from the Nintendo online store, however, in this instance it is available from Argos for £10.99 at a store 35.4 miles from where I live. If you don’t mind travelling, this amiibo could be obtainable for you also.
  • Villager – difficult to obtain 
    Another amiibo that is sold out from the Nintendo online store as a single figure, however, once again available from Argos for £10.99 at a store 35.4 miles from where I live. Interestingly, if you’re after Super Smash Bros for Wii U as well as the Villager figure, you can buy a bundle of both from the Nintendo online store for the price of £59.99 with free delivery included.
  • Pikachu  – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is the Nintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Kirby – obtainable
    Although sold out on the Nintendo website, Kirby is in stock at Argos has in every local store to me for £10.99.
  • Marth – difficult to obtain
    Sold out from the Nintendo online store, however, available from Argos for £10.99 at a store 35.4 miles from where I live. I also visited my local GAME store and found Marth sitting on the shelf for £14.99, a random bit of luck that went a long way.
  • Zelda – obtainable
    Sold out at Argos, however, Zelda is in stock via the Nintendo online store for £10.99 including delivery.
  • Diddy Kong – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Luigi  – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.
  • Little Mac – very difficult to obtain
    Sold out pretty much everywhere. However, if you’re after Super Smash Bros for Wii U as well as Little Mac, you can buy a bundle of both from the Nintendo online store for the price of £59.99 with free delivery included.
  • Pit – obtainable
    Sold out on the Nintendo website. However, he’s in stock for £10.99 at my local Argos store only 2.4 miles away, as well as other local Argos stores.
  • Captain Falcon – easily obtainable
    Readily available from many stores. Best place to buy is theNintendo online store for £10.99 with free delivery, or Argos for £10.99.

It’s worth mentioning that Argos currently have an offer where you can buy two amiibo figures for the price of £21.00, that’s a grand saving of £0.98. Well, every little helps I guess. Additionally, for the figures available in bundles from the Nintendo store, you could always re-sell the copy of Super Smash Bros for Wii U that is included to get some of your money back.

It’s always worth checking your local GAME stores too, even though the figures are £14.99 there, you never know what rare figure you might happen across as I did with Marth. Don’t rely on the “check stock in store” option on GAME’s website; I checked my local store online before visiting and it had said Marth was out of stock.

I’d also recommend pre-ordering any figures from the next two waves of amiibo figures that you would like. The next wave is due to release on January 23, 2015; it includes the likes of Toon Link,  Lucario, Sheik, Ike, Rosalina, and Bowser.

These are then followed by more on February 20, 2015; Shulk, King Dedede, Sonic, Meta Knight, and Mega Man. Many of these figures are already selling out before they’ve even hit the shelves, so save yourself the time and effort and secure them now. That’s providing retailers don’t find themselves in the position where they’re cancelling pre-orders on amiibos due to stock shortages again.

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