Collecting amiibo is a full-time obsession for some Nintendo fans, and there will be a great many out there who are kept up at night by the eternal question - should you open the packaging and reduce the value of the figure in order to use it in the manner Nintendo intended?
The reason collectors are faced with such a quandry is because the packaging is designed so that the NFC chip in the toy's base cannot be used while it's still in its box. Some fans have concocted ingenious solutions to counter this problem, but most have left their amiibo well alone, which sadly means the figure never achieves its full potential.
It seems that the guys at Yacht Club Games have taken this on board. The recently-released Shovel Knight amiibo - which Yacht Club produced itself under licence from Nintendo - comes in a box which lacks the "blocking plate" which prevents the NFC transfer, meaning you can scan the amiibo into the game without removing the packaging and dropping the value. Amazingly, Nintendo didn't object to the studio doing this.
David D'Angelo of Yacht Club has been speaking to Polygon about the decision:
We got a lot of feedback from fans before release who wanted to be able to scan the amiibo inside the packaging so they could still use the figure [in-game] while keeping it as a collector's item. We didn't see much issue with their request: while you can stand with a 3DS in store and try to scan it — we didn't think that was actually something people would do due to the nature of the content we were making. We do not plan to change how the amiibo is manufactured.
Will this encourage you to pick up the amiibo if you'd held off so far? Do you hope that this move might convince Nintendo to do the same with its amiibo packaging? Sign off in the comments to share your view.