Have they? Haven't they? The mystery continues regarding Nintendo's plans for the long-term future of some Amiibo figures.
One retailer last week tweeted that the Marth, Wii Fit Trainer and Villager Amiibos had been discontinued, with the platform holder later confirming that other figures likely will not return to the market once they have sold through their initial shipment”.
Nintendo appeared to backtrack a day later by saying that it is continually aiming to always have a regular supply of Amiibo brought into the marketplace and there are many waves of Amiibo to come”. This was interpreted by some as a denial of any discontinuation, but that may not be the case.
Destructoid claims to have word from retailer GameStop that the three figures in question are no longer in the system, and we are no longer getting more stock in them indefinitely". Toys R Us has also confirmed that it will no longer be stocking them.
On the flip side, a Nintendo rep reportedly told a Destructoid reader that: Some Amiibos were very popular at launch, but be assured that we have not discontinued any. It is possible that some Amiibos in the United States, Canada and Latin America may not be available right now due to high demand and our efforts to manage shelf space during the launch period, but may return to these markets at a later stage.”
A further non-committal statement to Joystiq said: Certain sold-out Amiibo may return to these markets at a later stage.”
Meanwhile, prices for these three figures are rocketing online with Villager, Marth and Wii Fit Trainer going for 55.99, 35.95 and 31.99 respectively on Amazon.
MCV has asked the question of Nintendo, of course, and heard nothing back.
In other Amiibo news, Eurogamer has spotted that some of the Wave 2 figures – such as King Dedede, Meta Knight, Little Mac and Shulk – are already sold on Nintendo's online store, weeks ahead of their February 20th launch.
Furthermore, there's some evidence that some of these Wave 2 figures are already cropping up at UK retailers, with one reader posting pictures of apparent UK stock of Little Mac among others.