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With the NFC scanner on the Wii U GamePad and now the New 3DS / portal options, Nintendo gives gamers a chance to enjoy toys-to-life gaming quickly and easily. As we all know the amiibo range arrived in late 2014 to kickstart this new era of Nintendo collectibles, and it's proven to be a success.

Back in February Nintendo reported that it had shifted over 40 million amiibo in the first nine months / three quarters of the financial year. The end-year results have shown that momentum remains strong, with shipments hitting roughly 53.6 million once the final quarter was added.

As you can see in the graphic below, these demonstrate strong momentum since the range launched, and also shows how popular the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer amiibo card packs have been.

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Those card numbers remind us, once again, that if Pokémon cards are released with Pokémon Sun and Moon in the Holiday season Nintendo could be looking at a lot of sales.

It was also noted, in Tatsuma Kimishima's President's Presentation, that the Splatoon range has proven particularly popular in Japan as it approaches one million sales. In the US, meanwhile, some recognisable older figures continue to sell on a consistent basis.

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The amiibo ranges have proven to be one of Nintendo's most successful initiatives in this generation. With numbers like these we can expect the figures and cards to remain integral to the company's future plans.