I’m not a collector of toys. I am a collector of books and video games. When I first heard that Nintendo would be releasing amiibos for some reason I thought these plastic toys wouldn’t sell well. Disney Infinity and Skylanders success should have given me an idea how quickly these figures would start selling out. For some reason that somehow evaded me. I said to myself I’m not going to buy any of these plastic take up space items that have almost no use.
I have a Wii U, and have yet to play because I lack the space to put it anywhere in my temporary entertainment system. I do intend on buying and playing Smash Bros. Wii U, but I have no intention to buy any amiibos. I’ll be honest there have been statues I have thought about buying like the Kinetiquettes Evil Ryu $350 statue. And I have been made aware of the rarity of the Marth amiibo that just happens to be my primary favorite character in Smash Bros. I don’t think I’ll ever buy it because I like controlling what’s on the screen, and not have leveled up CPU do all the brawling.
I recently read in a Game Informer magazine about the developing process of Smash Bros. Wii U. One of the development team members says the amiibos add a lot to the game. I’m not convinced. As I’ve said before I want to do the playing and not watch the CPU do the playing. Although I could see how amiibos might be used in a fun way for betting by having leveled up characters dish it out. But, I don’t really see kids, maybe teens, using them in such a way.
I don’t have the time, desire, or money to spend on amiibos. They are just not for me. As I’m writing this blog entry thinking to myself, “Am I really a video game collector if I don’t seek out these amiibos?” I say to myself, “Yes, I am.” I don’t have to own every single video game out there, and I sure as hell do not need to own these easy to lose overpriced figures that will someday become lodged between my washing machine and dryer.