The act of pre-ordering an amiibo can be tricky, especially in North America where stock and demand aren't always comfortable companions. For those keen to grab a Roy figure on 18th March, it's time to get online.
GameStop has confirmed that the Roy amiibo - which it has exclusivity for in North America - will go up for pre-order today (21st January) at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern. It doesn't even have a product page at the time of writing, so keep an eye on the GameStop website. If you have a store nearby they'll reportedly take pre-orders (from these times onwards) too.
As reiterated earlier today there are plenty of figures and amiibo cards on the way in March, with Ryu and Famicom Colors R.O.B joining Roy as Smash Bros. arrivals.
Are you going to join the scrabble for a Roy amiibo pre-order?
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Sigh... Nintendo still hasn't learned... Hopefully there's enough stock (like the Retro 3-Pack)!
Will this apply to EB Games Canada as well, or is this just for US?
For all the talk today about the merits and downsides to amiibo in game content the store exclusivity has got to be the worst aspect of their existence.
I'll probably buy Cloud and Bayonetta just b/c, but not if I have to jump through hoops. Either online at Amazon or in store at Target. When I see them. Without pre-ordering. If I don't get them I don't.
@rjejr Honestly, that is probably one of the most sensible ways I've heard someone talk about buying amiibo. xD
Well at least they're doing pre-orders! I won't have to take the day off of work after all.
My, this is rather short notice, Nintendo!
The last time I preordered amiibo from Gamestop it was an absolute nightmare and the entire system crashed. I think everyone here remembers that fateful day....
Shortage equals rush to get one. It's called marketing. This will create a higher price which you will pay.
Plz be available in stores on the 18th, a day after my b-day!
Plz be available in stores on the 18th, a day after my b-day!!
Plz be available in stores on the 18th, a day after my b-day!!!
Plz fit NOICEly with my other amiibos without taking them all down to fit!
Plz fit NOICEly with my other amiibos without taking them all down to fit!!
Plz fit NOICEly with my other amiibos without taking them all down to fit!!!
^This also goes with Ryu
Store exclusives is the only way to get lesser Amiibos stocked in NA.
Most retailers don't want lesser Amiibos on their shelves, because of a lack of demand.
NA retailers are hell bent against stock products they feel will be slow sellers or not sell at all.
With the fiasco of waiting at GameStop for two hours to try and unsuccessfully get a Ness pre-order (being number five in line), I think I'll pass on the in-store. I may try and order if it does go live on their site. But if not, I'll just wait a few months to get Roy and try to complete my collection. He's not worth paying excessive shipping or fees for me to preorder.
@SheldonRandoms Ryu is available for preorder in the US at Best Buy ($12.99 and $10.37 with Gamer's Club Unlocked).
You can even specify free in store pickup. So far Ryu has yet to go up on Amazon's site though. But yeah I would love to see a huge stock of Roy be available at launch.
@MagicEmperor It's probably intentional short notice on GameStop's part as these types of preorders take down their site servers.
Exclusive to GameStop you say? I exclusively buy these amiibo in the European Amazon, where we don't have to cope with these arbitrary rules/stock/conditions, etc.
We both know you will get that Cloud amiibo. When I think FF around here, you are the first one who pops to mind. That would be like me not getting the Bayo one. And as with the other third party amiibo, there will be plenty of supply.
At least the guys at my Gamestop are super helpful when it comes to these things. I can just put 5 bucks down on a game that they know I have no interest in and when the orders go up, they'll just transfer the funds.
I have a class right then... I hope I can get it.
My amiibo scrabble days are over. Seeing how current waves and restocks lasting longer online and in-store now, I don't have to be as aggressive as I was a year ago. I'll take my chances with a in-store tonight on my way home and if he's out, then a well.
But then again he's a Fire Emblem character and a store exclusive (for now). Well if anything I still have my trump store.
Can you unlock Roy in Fates like you can Marth, Robin, Lucina, and Ike if you use his Amiibo figure?
@Nico07 thanks for Ryu
Is amiibo shortage still an issue in NOA? They seem quite widely available now with online retailers in the UK and the nightmare supply issues seem long over.
@Caryslan At this point, no. But keep in mind Japan doesn't have Roy's amiibo yet either IIRC.
@BigBluePanda In some ways yes, in some ways no. There's a number that have yet to get any restocks. Robin and Lucina come to mind.
Nah. I'm good. If Nintendo wants me to buy one, they'll manufacture enough of them that I can easily buy one at MSRP.
@sinalefa Well, we know I would get it under normal circumstances, but we both also know I'm really stubborn about stupid stuff, like having to pre-order things at only 1 retailer. I'm not waking up at 3AM top pre-order it on Amazon before the 2 dozen supply runs out, and I never did join Jax's league of amiibo hunters for fear they would wake me up at 6AM to do jumping jacks and push-ups and run 6 miles.
I prefer finding things cheap on Amazon by accident. Need a $6 Chibi-robo or $5 Tom Nook?
It's 3:03, anybody find it on the website yet?
Not that I want it, I just happened to notice the time and decided to look. I pre-ordered Disney Infinity Marvel Battleground today and Pokken Tournament a couple of days ago, I'm about out of disposable income.
Oh Nintendo! You and your exclusives.
No. Not now, though there are still some MIA. They finally realized that ticking off their customers and screwing over kids for several waves in a row was a bad idea.
Got it pre ordered! Thank you so much nintendo life! !!
I know. I was at GameStop when that happened. I swear I could hear the outraged shrieks all across the country. Then they announced that there was no more Ness.
@Xaldin it's live now for the US, but I've checked several Canadian websites and can't find Roy on any of them...
I really wish we could get some specifics in Canada about amiibo releases too...
The League of Amiibo Hunters already got the notification.
But look at those cheap amiibo you supplied. It means the demand is lower than the supply to have them at such a price. Like way lower.
@yokokazuo Yeah that's one thing that sometimes frustrates me with Nintendolife. Usually when they say North America, they're solely talking about the US. They should realize that they have plenty of readers who live in North America but aren't from the US.
@sinalefa I don't think AC:aF is helping move those amiibo all that much.
Saved my rear!
ok, just ordered from Gamestop. Had to pay the stupid $4.00 shipping fee but what can you do. The amiibo looks quite gorgeous.
What @Ash_Anne said...I learned the app trick when ordering iPhones. And yeah, thanks NL. This is the first time I've been able to pick up a Fire Emblem Amiibo that wasn't ordered from Japan (although with tax and shipping, GameStop's prices aren't much cheaper than foreign Amazon scalpers).
Well, I got my pre-order in. I'm curious to see if Roy will have Marth restock numbers or will be more in line with Robin, Lucina, and Ike who have never (if not barely) have gotten a good restock since launch?
Thanks Nintendo. I really love rarity and exclusivity for plastic chunks.
Thank you, Nintendo Life. I got one. Wouldn't have known about it otherwise.
By far my most anticipated amiibo!
Against my better judgement, I was near and went into a GameStop about 30 minutes after this went live. I was told by the store associate that following the stock issues with amiibo last year they weren't doing any more in-store. As she was saying this she started typing on her computer and said "Oh nevermind, it looks like he is available". So I was able to reserve Roy at $5 for in-store pickup and no shipping charges.
Tom Nook for $5. Very close to buying... thanks! Also Amiibo Festival is $31 with two figures. So I wonder if the game is worth $5... only works if you want those amiibo though.
Yeah I bought Tom Nook for $6 a few weeks ago. I figured that was the price for these amiibo because they're smaller.
Seeing as pre-order is still opened online and at one of the Gamestop close to my job which had a record of selling out of new amiibo fast I say they got their act together since I got a pre-order after 18:30 est.
Still a lot of retro 3-packs too.
Aaaand... pre-ordered! I have been waiting for this one for a while. trying to sell my amiibo collection, and only keep the ones i really want. Roy is definitely a keeper.
@aaronsullivan Mable is also $5, might as well be ready for 4 player.
The game also comes w/ 3 amiibo cards, does that make the game free?
Did I tell you we now own 41 of those ugly DI figures I never wanted to own? Thats 41 in 13 months since we only got it last Christmas. And we ordered another 1 today w/ the Marvel Battlegrounds playset. Thats 4 player we like to play, AC:aF wouldn't last 1 round. That Naked and Afraid Island seemed like fun though.
Marvel Battlegrounds is $30 some places, $35 others. Ordered on Amazon for my 20% Prime discount. $24 was too good to pass up. Oh, and now we need to buy Iron Man Hulkbuster armor too. That toy weighs 3 lbs, picked it up today in Target. Then put it back down, I'll wait for a sale.
Pre-ordered Roy. Just getting him shipped to the house. He was my main on "Melee".
Off topic, but does anyone think cloud should get nerfed?
I live in the UK so this doesn't affect me, however fire emblem amiibo are my favourite amiibo by far I like fire emblem and Pokémon the most out if Nintendo series however with gamefreak being rather awkward about their Pokémon amiibo usage fire emblem are my favourite ones! I loved the code name steam compatibility and the game itself was awesome. The fire emblem amiibo look awesome too! And their usage in fates is just awesome so as a fire emblem fan I need the amiibo haha
@rjejr I'm a little depressed for paying full price for Chibi and Mable after seeing your links...
I'll definitely pick up Roy. The scramble for Amiibo has certainly calmed here in Ireland, although there are still a few "rare" ones.
@rjejr it's all very tempting but we have so much backlog now. I'll look into battlegrounds because it would be nice to get more value out of our Marvel figurines. The Marvel play sets were very disappointing I'm 2.0 besides Guardians which we have yet to finish.
I saw that 41 count in one of your other posts and thought it must be a typo! I figured 14 I'm impressed you waited on LEGO Dimensions, too. I think that game will have a bit of an issue as the other regularly released Lego games keep coming.
I still have a couple DI toys waiting for an excuse to be revealed to the kids.
I'd enjoy getting Tom Nook and KK Slider (in old school Animal Crossing fan) for aesthetics alone. Even KK's 3 pack is dirt cheap at the moment but in not even familiar with those others :/
The biggest ding against Ac:af is that it sort of requires that you've kept up with Animal Crossing to get the most out of it and we skipped New Leaf.
Also we have some new real board games and a backlog on those! (X-Wing Miniatures is quite excellent)
I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND I PRE-ORDERED THE ROY AND THE RYU AMIIBO 2 MONTHS AGO ! HAHA
@Gauchorino Sorry about that.
@aaronsullivan You thought I had a typo? Moi'
DI toys kind of crept up on us. B2G3 free used, bunch for $5 each, couple for $3.50. Hanukkah, Christmas, birthday all in 6 weeks. I think my kids are burned out on Skylanders, and Lego D has too many properties they don't know or aren't interested in if they do know. And those Lego prices - $15, $25, $30 - sure we spent maybe $1,000 between Sky and DI but a little at a time is easier on an allowance. It'll happen though, maybe after 2.0 like we did w/ DI. Toy fair is next month.
We haven't started Guardians playset yet - been playing all the SW ones - but I got it for my kid for his birthday along w/ the other 3 so we have all 5, nice to see them working in Battlegrounds.
We haven't played either of our 2 board games since Christmas day. My kids play "pretend real life" w/ my wife whenever they have free time, some never ending story where Ninjago ninjas fight LotR and Marvel characters in the world of Wheel of Time (a 14 book fantasy universe). It's very creative and entertaining.
It helps when you never pay full price! The Star Wars play sets were the first that kept my kids interest all the way through. Short and sweet has more value than long and tiresome. Even though some people measure what a game price should be by how many hours it plays.
That imaginative story telling game sounds fantastic. I'm a little familiar with Wheel of Time but one because a couple family members have read it.
I just purchased Tom Nook and KK Slider amiibos. It's pure nostalgia and collection. I may never use them in a game for more than some little aesthetic thing one day maybe. A dangerous line to cross. I did it because KK Slider dropped down to ~$14 individual. It all started when I paid slightly more than full price for... Pit. It must stop! (At least 8-bit classic Mario and Ganondorf do some cool stuff in games I play. )
Nothing like a good board game but everyone setting aside the time all at once is a tough challenge.
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