Amiibo Hunter, Again

My collection of Legend of Zelda Amiibos is embarrassingly complete. So far. Nintendo, however, is about to make that a thing of the past. Unless I decide to become an Amiibo Hunter again. And I really, really don’t want to…but…Zelda. (Can you hear that whimper?)

Amiibos. They are such frustratingly cool little buggers. Which, let’s be honest here, don’t always have much more value than they look cool. But I love my Legend of Zelda Amiibos. They are hands down the most useful Amiibos out there, giving us the spinner weapon in Hyrule Warriors, which ended up being my favorite weapon, items and a new dungeon in Twilight Princess, and outfits, weaponry, Wolf Link, and Epona in Breath of the Wild. One of my friends got her first Amiibo from the Zelda collection. She’s gone on to collect a few more just because of their usefulness in BotW. 

Amiibos are one of the NFC (Near Field Communication) type of toys that I caution parents on. They can easily become a black hole for your money. Or your child’s allowance. I don’t recommend buying them unless you can prove they add value to a game, or they are from your favorite series and you plan to display them. Otherwise don’t waste your funds on these really well made figurines. 

So what’s an Amiibo Hunter? Well at first, Amiibos at first flew under everyone’s radar. It wasn’t long, though, before I found myself lining up for them along with people who clearly never played video games. I couldn’t quite understand the madhouse that the market had turned into, but I was determined to try and aquire the ones my kids wanted to play with and the Zelda ones for me. So I, like many others, turned into an Amiibo Hunter. We would follow the Amiibo Reddit. We would check several stores on release day. We would wait in line and chat with each other about what we hadn’t been able to find. The day I stopped hunting was the day I bought Ganondorf online. That was a step too far for me.

After a while, the buzz died down. Nintendo started re-releasing Amiibos. The online scalpers found them less profitable. Soon, I could just go to the closest store and get what we wanted. The release of the Breath of the Wild Amiibos, however, has reinvigorated the market. At least for the LoZ Amiibos. They really are useful. And beautiful. There are three new Zelda Amiibos coming out this June. The limited preorders sold out immediately. But, the kids will be out of school on release day this time, so we’ll make a morning of it by queuing up at our closest store. It’ll be one more memory the kids and I will get to share.

The husband, however, has his own ideas about how to acquire the new Amiibos.


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