Miyamoto Hints that Discontinued Amiibo May Return as Cards

Amiibo is off to a good start, but it’s also been in short supply. Certain figures seem to be gone forever from shelves, and the whole of Wave 2 is still not out in most retailers. As part of a larger interview with the Associated Press, Shigeru Miyamoto discussed amiibo and its future. As it turns out, Nintendo is still experimenting with their implementation in future games, as well as the form in which they are sold.

Miyamoto: We’ll continue to make future games that will have functionality with the “amiibo” characters as an additional present for people who bought them. Beyond that, we’re looking at how we can use the “amiibo” functionality in the future, including cards and whatnot.

The Associated Press, no doubt aware of the high demand for certain figures, pressed Miyamoto about whether they would return or not. Miyamoto hinted that they may return, but not in the form of NFC toys, but rather as cards.

AP: If you discontinue certain “amiibo” figures, will you continue to include them digitally in future games?

Miyamoto: We’re not making promises for certain figures, but the way “amiibo” is designed is that certain games can have “amiibo” specifically for that game. Other games can take advantage of past “amiibo” that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain “amiibo” figures are no longer available in stores, to release an “amiibo” in card form with the same functionality.

With the discontinuation of certain characters like Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer, their specific functionality in Super Smash Bros. will be gone forever. The concept of incorporating their NFC data in cheap cards would be a welcome one. For now, Nintendo has to worry about ramping up and managing the production of their $13 figurines, which have been in short supply this holiday.

What do you think of the chance that amiibo could return as NFC cards?

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