It seems that the writing's been on the wall for the toys-to-life market for a while now. The Disney Infinity franchise just got cancelled this summer, and the general sales in this industry have been steadily shrinking. Lego Dimensions and Skylanders have been holding the line thus far, but it seems that declining profits on the part of Skylanders may lead to that franchise being shuttered as well.
Liam Robertson – a source who has been spot on with many rumours such as this in the past – recently reported on what he's hearing for the future of the franchise. Evidently, poor sales for Skylanders Imaginators, its respective toys, and lower viewership than expected on the recent Skylanders Academy Netflix show has led Activision to pull the plug on the Skylanders game that was due for 2017, and the whole franchise just might be getting the axe as well. Here's Robertson has to say:
Of course, none of this is written in stone yet, but this scenario wouldn't be too far fetched given the decreasing relevance of toys-to life.
What do you think? Is Skylanders finished? How do you think Nintendo's amiibo line will be impacted by the shrinking market? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Maybe of they didn't release a whole new game and expensive line of toys every single year people would have remained interested.
I absolutely believe this. The toys to life bubble has finally burst; it was only a matter of time before Skylanders went down. I think amiibo will continue though, as they largely have Nintendo's nostalgic brand power to power them and are useful across a wide array of games. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next year, though.
I think Lego and Amiibo will continue for some time but I definitely can see skylanders dying out.
And Lego Dimensions stands alone
Well, Nintendo should producing lesser amiibos. Also, make the game with optional amiibo using (Not a requirement to continue the game).
Oh, btw. I have no interest with skylanders at all. Canceled or not , I don't care.
I think LEGO Dimensions as a platform, and amiibo as a range with multi-game use and wide appeal, allows them to survive.
Disney and Skylanders missed a trick with yearly and very expensive releases. Plus, Disney missed a lot of valuable IP to use, and Skylanders...well even Crash couldn't help that it seems.
It lasted for too long if you ask me. Disney Infinity had way more potential but died sooner.
Amiibo probably will be the next toys-to-life failure, even with the multiple game support. It's already pretty weak.
And nobody reallly cared.
Now we're down to amiibo and LEGO Dimensions. Honestly, I think these two will stay around for a while.
Many ideas that come to give more variety to the way of play video games, really have a very good point, especially for the significant changes in general, and obviously, if they succeed, for companies that come up with these ideas, can give them the Push to have stable business and move on.
However, sales and the preference of people (and the way in which they apply) can knock out ideas and simply end something that could have given more, and we have seen that all the time, and yes, it seems This of the "toys that come to life" may come to their end soon.
It may still continue and if so, there may be a great surprise in the future, but that depends on how companies that still continue in the play, work with the idea of toys, and above all we as those who receive these proposals accept them or reject them.
Skylanders has always been a sinking ship. Superchargers Racing on Wii was the only actual fun game in the series while the others were games so easy and mindnumbing LEGO titles could laugh at it.
The market was cannibalized. Having Skylanders, Disney Infinity, amiibo, and Lego Demensions all selling at the same time would lead to oversaturation eventually.
Also, one mistake the Skylanders devs made was excluding a Wii iteration in this new entry. As much as people hate to admit it, a huge market still exists for the Wii system. And the fact that they ignored that install base this time around might have been a big catalyst to their financial devastation.
Just like the musical games ala guitar hero suffered the same fate, is time for the 'toys to life' to experience the same situation.
I just want the old Spyro games back... (after all, wasn't the first game supposed to be a Spyro spinoff?)
Seems likely, writing was on the wall after last years mistake of screwing w/ the multiplayer and the vehicles, my kids, who always play couch co-op, dind't even finish the game. My kid wanted this year b/c he's been making stuff on an app on his phone, but he hasnt mentioned a single toy he has wanted other than Kaos. I've seen so many of these on the shelves and they are moving as well as the Animal Crossing amiibo, not at all. Even the $9.99 crystals dont' seem to be moving well, probably b/c people have already did this in Spore years ago.
Too many toys, and basically the same story, year in and year out 5 years in a row. I still think they could be back, but they need a year off at least.
I do think it's funny though that the 4 Zelda amiibo are coming out but I can't even figure out what game they are supposed to be for, there is no new Zleda game coming out recently or soon, BotW is still at least 4 months away. So yes, Zelda amiibo will sell, but you can hardly refer to them as toys-to-life when they arn't matched up w/ any game. They are just collectables, that's it.
Lego Dimensions toys are still on shelves, hard to tell how well they are selling b/c I can't keep track of their funky even few weeks release schedule. The new Ghostbusters tie-in probably didn't help, Fantasitc Beasts should do better. but I think they'll have a new game next year as well, every other year is probably the way to go.
How about not milking the idea? I liked the concept but releasing so many of them with each iteration was kind of a dumb move. These figures are costy, and not everyone has the means to buy all of them.
I have enjoyed these games immensely. It's one of the few series my family will actually play together. But I will admit, it all peaked with Swap Force. That game remains the most played in our house and is considered the best in the whole series. Trap team ruined it I think, and Superchargers was a lot of fun but way to short. Haven't played Imaginative yet, picked it up on Friday and saving it for Christmas. They should have more creative is they wanted their series to survive. Welp, see ya...
@rjejr funny thing, most of the toys that are not sold end here is those stores that bring stuff from the USA.
Most skylanders are 3$, and I've managed to find complete games and sealed packages for 15$ (that's how I got Skylanders Swap Force) There seems to be too much leftover from the first game, as those are the most common around here.
Yes, finally, then we can release poor Spyro from his Skylander shakles! The time is near, my friends!
All jokes aside, I gave Skylanders a chance but with yearly releases that fail to fundamentally change the quickly becoming stale formula and appear to be running out of ideas for new entries, I left it with SwapTeam. My interest in toys-to-life figurines is having a figurine of a character I like (i.e. most Nintendo characters) so having figurines of made-up characters or Lego forms really doesn't appeal to me. Not gonna cry over Skylanders if this is real and instead hope to see Spyro in a more classic shape again.
Good. They should redesign Spyro while they're at it. His Skylanders design is too edgy for my liking.
How long until Disney sign on the dotted line and we have Marvel, Indy and Star Wars in Lego Dimensions? I honestly don't think I'd ever need another video game ever again if that happened!
Good. Noe bring back the original Spyro and Crash Bandicoot!
Part of me isn't too surprised really. I think Lego Dimensions is the only toys to life game gets it right since rather than releasing a new version every year they just add onto the main game with new characters and content. I am currently wondering if we will ever get Disney characters in Lego Dimensions considering Disney Infinity is now dead.
I'm just surprised it lasted as long as it did. I felt like I was out of touch because I never cared for Skylanders despite seeing how successful it was for years.
Everyone got too greedy. Activision, Nintendo, Disney, all of them. Got too greedy and ruined a good thing.
It was like a competition to see who could pump out the most figures in the shortest span of time, and then overproducing and flooding the market.
Yes, Nintendo had stock shortages, but why? Because they were collectible and sought after. You start mass producing and suddenly it's not so collectible anymore. Not saying they shouldn't have ramped up production a little bit, but it seems like they literally doubled their output and then just started releasing figures that nobody even cared about, like the close to 20 Animal Crossing amiibo. Instead, they should have been doing small batches, and of popular games, like a small Fire Emblem line to coincide with Fates, and a small Pokémon like to coincide with Sun/Moon.
But no, they cranked out 20,000,000 Animal Crossing amiibo and now retailers are slapping orange clearance stickers on all of it. 3 pack for $4.99 and it still doesn't sell.
Moderation is the word. But they tend to stick with the extremes. Grossly underproduce, and then swing that pendulum all the way across until stores have 3-4 shopping carts filled to the brim with mega discount toys to life.
@rushiosan I agree with Disney Infinity having more potential. I saw that one as the stronger of the pack. I had planned to pick up this new game in January or February for around $15 and keep it to just the starter pack without extra figures. The games are fun but lack replay value in my opinion. My kids grew tired of the Skylanders and yet still play Infinity. Sadly I see amiibo dying off as well. It's a nice concept, but in large the best part of amiibo are they are very detailed figurines. Their in game functionality is trivial, and this is coming from the guy who owns nearly every single one (missing one or two Animal Crossing figures, and the Mega Yarn Yoshi). I'd hate to see amiibo stop, but Nintendo really needs to up their game with what the figures can do or unlock.
Not surprised after Infinity got cancelled.
The price for the figures are obnoxious anymore the new characters are 16 dollars each thats just to expensive I think its not just the toys to life brand thats gonna take a hit all these titles that are released anymore have a hundred dollars or more in DLC its ludicrous honestly I mean two or three dollars just to change a characters outfit its insanity and it has gotten way outta hand I think players are fed up with being gouged.
I'm not a fan myself, but it's sad to see such a cool idea going down. Still, if Skylanders wanted to stick around it should have gone freemium years ago. A game where you already have to pay for NFC figures to progress is really pushing its luck when it asks for eighty dollars up front.
F#@k animal crossing amibos! And skylanders too.
@samuelvictor Walmart has most of the new ones for 5 bucks a pop. 12 for the playsets. Toy R Us usually has some decent sales on them. Like buy one get three free.
I don't even have any experience with Skylanders yet, but it's sad to see the trend continue. Disney Infinity is pretty much the reason I'm getting PS4 before Switch after all (since the servers are going out in March and I'd like to keep some of the stuff I've seen on Toybox TV) - this game was amazing even on Android where the lack of physical controls rendered some activities nigh unplayable for me. I'm still going to collect the figurines and still going to play around in this grand crossover sandbox. I reckon that will be the case for a good number of Skylanders copy owners as well.
That said, Disney also had those annoying troubles with cross-licensing (even despite technically owning the respective franchises now), so toy sales weren't the only factor in making the games seem no longer profitable. Dimensions and amiibos may be safer in that regard. There's also the benefit of amiibos unlocking stuff in multiple games, sometimes outside their own franchise - and there's room for growth there IMHO.
Lego Dimensions is the best version of toys to life. You get toys that kids can actually play with, and which do multiple things across one ever-expanding already-large game. And I'd argue they look as good as - if not better than - amiibo as well. Lego ET, Mr T, Peter Venkman, Marty McFly to name a few? Kicks the snot out of a Kirby amiibo in my opinion, and as mentioned each of those figures does more in one game than any amiibo does across several.
I'm glad this is happening. We may get a Spyro remaster in the vein of Crash Bandicoot for the PS4.
I'll be honest - I won't shed one tear if this is happening. Activision had better bring the classic Crash and Spyro franchises back on track, and the Crash remaster, alongside the spectacular feedback the Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter got, will prove that yes, platformers sell.
Seeing Activision toy with the Spyro and Crash fans' feelings ("toy" pun not intended) was a joke that grew old real fast. It's time for the duo to get back on track the way they're supposed to.
Good. Now maybe we can get a proper Spyro game.
No love Skylanders they just need the characters to be lower in price to start I wait for 14.99 ones reduced to £9.99.
I wouldn't be surprised and I also expect them to drop support for Guitar Hero Live soon (that game's support has been a whimper for several months now). The big question though is how Nintendo will use amiibo on Switch.
Where do you really go after being able to create your own Skylander anyway? 6 games is pretty good. Might as well stop. Not like it's an online game like Disney Infinity anyway, it's not so much of a death of a community like that as well as potential.
amiibo have rapidly slowed down anyway due to the Smash Bros series nearing it's end, but I want to see them continue (even if they are useless, just like collecting them)
LEGO Dimensions on the other hand is easily the best. Love it. Especially this year's line-up of franchises. I just want another long main campaign like the first and I want them to add Disney characters next year (maybe they could add Lego Skylanders? xD)
Absolutely devastated. Sounds stupid but has hit me hard. Have complete set of spyros adventure, giants, trap team& swamp force. I've been planning to buy a book case to display them for months now.
Very sad, end of a era. But I agree it should be a new game every other year.
In a year when most game sales are down, it's unsurprising that the publishers who made the biggest bets made the biggest losses. They should have released 6-10 figures instead of 30+ so they didn't have so far to fall.
I wonder if we are at the beginning of another crash like the 80's Atari one? Hopefully Ninty can save the day again....
I tried Skylanders and Disney Infinity with the kids. I picked up both on clearance. With Disney Infinity I updated every year, but they didn't have the patience to build their own levels and the prebuilt ones were limited to them running around in an empty world. With Skylanders (Giants Edition) they have done better, but the gameplay seems straight out of the Playstation era. I looked at the portal edition of the newest one, but just ended up walking away.
If it dies, does the Spyro IP automatically go back to Insomiac?
Cos that's what should happen.
I had noticed that there had been far less advertisement for the new set/game than there had been with previous ones, so I got the feeling it was on it's way out.
I agree that Lego Dimensions and Amiibo will likely be the only toys-to-life to survive long-term... Lego has proven longevity and an ever-growing number of franchise collaborations they can draw upon to build variety... and Amiibo have the advantage of multi-game functionality, with the number of compatible games steadily growing, but without them being a mandatory requirement for those games.
Just a matter of time. The figures are rather cheap compared to the amiibo sculpts and are rigud statues with little play value...mainly though they only apeal to the child market as they have no brand recognition outside of Skylanders itself. Amiibo and Dimensions build upon people's love for nostalgia. How many people brought a ROB Amiibo or Sonic level pack simply to have the figures? Can't say that about Skylanders. There is also mass over situation. Cex is filled with skylanders. Kids move on and as stated adults would be more interested in Lego because of novelty. Nintendo needs to be careful as Amiibo is fast going the same way. It needs to better interweave the toys to the games. I feel lego has the right balance as u are always getting a possable use able toy that lasts beyond the game. They also use the portal as a game platform. It pissed me off how skylanders started from scratch every year...think Microsoft missed a trick with minecraft toys to life tho
For me, this is really sad news to hear. I've played every Skylanders game, and I will certainly be picking up Imaginators sometime soon. Although many love to hate on the toys-to-life genre for being a 'cash grab' and simply being 'physical DLC', I've never viewed it that way. For me, if I was to just buy the Starter Pack, I'd get to experience a full, fun, action platformer. If I decided to splash out on extra figures, I'd get to revisit the game and explore areas I couldn't reach before. I was also paying for some more wonderful figures to display on my shelves. The games were always colourful and enthralling, keeping me entertained for hours upon hours. I've heard many great things about Imaginators, so it'll be nice for the series to go out on a high note. However, it will be greatly missed by myself, and many others.
With the Skylanders franchise either stopping or just taking a break, this does mean that Spyro can break free from his Skylander chains, opening up the possibility of a solo Spyro game. Even if it features the Skylander Spyro design, it will certainly be great to play a new Spyro game after so many years. HD remakes in the same vein as the Crash HD remakes would be highly appreciated. I look forward to seeing what's in stall for Spyro and the possible return of Skylanders in a few years time.
LEGO is the only true Toy-to-Life, as by the nature of it being LEGO it is playable with on its own and with other LEGO sets. Amiibo are just little statues but have a big brand behind it.
I wish they had just kept it simple 1x portal with a few new figures and a new expansion each year.
Much like Lego!
Also this game will be dead by the switches revolution as they just aren't portable enough.
It's been a long time coming tbh. The sales numbers haven't been there since the 2nd game and there is way too much competition.
Talk about poisoning the well... They learned nothing from "Guitar Hero". Instead of making just a few new toys to pick up for each new game, they kept increasing the size of new toys to buy, making it nearly impossible both due to rarity among retailers and overall price to have a complete collection. As a big fan of the series. I was sad not to pick up "Imaginators" but I knew my wallet was not up for it.
They should have released more story content without the need for new figures. I really like the story modes of the games and then I have a few favorite figures that I only use. Got a ton of others that I just got for collecting purposes but they aren't fun to play.
Think it was a miss to not release it on PC besides the first game, would have made it easier for addons. And also to let players build their own maps and share.
The market is saturated, between Lego Dimensions, Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Amiibos they milked the market to its last drop.
Amiibo may survive some more by the nostalgia factor, and by the fact there are no cheaper merchandise of Nintendo's characters, but no that much longer I think.
Maybe if the companies hadn't pushed yearly (expensive) releases, they could have kept the market going.
The market was too crowded and this was eventually going to happen. Infinity already dropped out and now Skylanders. I actually really like Infinity and many of their figures are connected to franchises I enjoy so I'm happy to keep them and replay them. Amiibo is like crack to me but even those will slow down. For over a year you couldn't find them and now they easy to find. Also, Nintendo is running out of brands to connect with Amiibo. Lego will rule for a while but they too have flooded the market and will slow down. I can see it being Nintendo vs Lego moving forward.
Fine with me. Skylanders has had a good 6-year run, but its time for the series to end. Disney Infinity is already dead and Amiibo will continue for another year (maybe 2 if they are successful next year), and I expect Lego Dimensions to stay for a long time.
I'd say their first mistake was bringing vehicles into the franchise. Everything before that was going smoothly. The multiplayer should have been improved with each iteration as well (i.e that annoying as hell teather between players) but they kept the same every single time. It was like the sequels were just a reskin of the first over and over. And while I had a lot of fun with my friend for the first three games, we both took one long look at Superchargers and were like; "No. Just no. We're done."
@JaxonH They made way too many of those AC amiibo, but I think the biggest problem was the failure of the AC:aF game. Had it been a true AC game like New Leaf, or even better an MMORPG where you buy amiibo rather than pay $15 per month like WoW, they probably would have sold better. The addition to NL was about 2 years late. But even then, way too many AC amiibo. AC probably needed 4-6 like Mario, Kirby or Zelda, make 20 Pokémon instead, those would all sell out.
As a very avid Skylanders collector, is understandable. I have over 200 figurines and objects, but I haven't bought Imaginators and only have a handful of the Chargers line.
The first one was unique, then Giants came out with just a handful (I think 8 small figurines plus 8 giant ones) and it was OK. It followed with Swap Force, which was also very cool, but had new skylanders, swappable skylanders, mini skylanders and many old skylanders in different poses. At the moment I said to myself: "OK, I'll just buy the swappable characters and new normal characters and the action packs". Well, they accounted to about 45-50 new figures and still my collections felt somewhat incomplete because of the mini skylanders.
Then finally Trap Team came out and it was a disaster: you had the new skylanders, Trap Masters, action packs, new mini skylanders, and the Element Traps (like 27 or 36, don't remember) It was just too much for my wallet to handle, and the gameplay didn't improve much (and didn't even mention the variants, up to 4 for a given character). When Superchargers came out it was a step in the right direction but the damage was done: I only bought the 3DS version and the Wii U version, because they came with Bowser and DK, respectively, but still haven't played them yet.
Yesterday, I spent 100 bucks for like 36 skylanders (Toys R US sale, buy one, get 3 free!!), including some from Trap Team and most from Superchargers and that's it for me. Have the three first installments complete and will try to complete the fourth one, but I'm missing like 12 Element pakcs and 4 very hard to get basic skylanders still.
Personally, even though these things can be very annoying to see in stores, it's genuinely sad to see it die out, anything dying out is sad really.
It would be a tad bit sad to see it go away, however I'd hope that with the cancellation we'd see Spyro games come back
I really hope this rumour is true. There are just way too many Skylanders out there. They over-saturated the market with the hundreds of Characters (that you can barely tell apart) and the games aren't all that wonderful.
Finally! It was about time! Thank God.
@Anti-Matter What game are you referring to? no amiibo are used as roadblocks, and from what I've seen all amiibo content is optional (meaning not required for playing through the game)
I had always been a little curious about skylanders, so when EB was having a sale on a Superchargers set $15 CAD, (while still wary) I dove in... I couldn't have been more disappointed, just not fun, and kind of aimless, also the vehicle controls we abominable. And while I get that the point of these games are to buy more figure/vehicles, I didn't want to spend another $30 CAD so I could try out the flying and water levels. Eh TTL games are not my thing, if they could make these games less shallow then maybe...
People say the death of this (and the music games) was due to the games being 'milked' with too many released in a short time frame.
I disagree. These things always seemed like fads right from the start, pumping out as many as you can before people move on was the right strategy (from a business perspective).
LEGO Dimensions, as a medium, presents greater opportunities for expansion and growth by offering a world that expands, rather than one that relegates old expansions to a "Toy Box" mode. That you can use every character you purchase in every expansion, and that their construction is interactive (literally building vehicles three times) are great advantages that neither Skylanders, nor Disney Infinity has/had. The concept of a potentially infinitely upgradable game like LEGO Dimensions is fantastic.
So the collapse is coming huh? Well I only branched out into DI and amiibo so I don't feel too sad. This is like rockband/GH/BH. Just let it sleep for a while and come back in a year or two.
This isn't a surprise and there are a few reasons why this is happening.
They milked the series dry like Guitar Hero and folks are getting fed up with it.
Far too expensive for what it is.
Lego has some awesome franchises under it's belt
And the kids are just growing up,
Amiibo Festival was the Huge mistake from Nintendo. Nintendo shouldn't focusing on amiibo too much. ACNL Welcome Amiibo is one example of smart method of using Amiibo.
I really hope this isn't true. This game was their return to form from last year's disaster, I was hoping they'd continue forward. I really love the Skylanders games and I'd hate to see them go. Plus, if Skylanders, the pioneer of Toys to Life gaming, in cancelled, then what does that say for amiibo in the next few years...? If they both go I don't know what I'm gonna spend all my money on! If this cancellation ends up being true after the final wave of figures is out, I'm gonna start a full playthrough of every single Skylanders game I own, including the 3DS ones, to remember all the series has been through.
@NintenNinja16 Just because Spyro is in Skylanders doesn't mean we won't have a Spyro game. Crash is in Skylanders and he's getting three remasters next year.
Please. I want Spyro back on PS4!
Constantly releasing a new game every year, rather than just a DLC expansion pack and handful of new figures is sort of the same problems that plagued music games in the past.
As far as amiibos, I think they will continue on with no issues. Especially if they provide things ala the New Leaf amiibo update. I do wonder, by introducing them in card form, if Nintendo is gauging whether or that is the best way to continue the franchise rather than actual figurines.
@C-Olimar You're absolutely right, it does get expensive. I own all the disney Infinity figures, started collecting Skylanders for my boy since everyone at school has them(was lucky to get the previous releases dead cheap), and own all the Amiibo. I just didn't want to start Dimensions, it would be more money to shell out. But too many releases year after year, parents can't keep up.
Not surprised. The toys to life fad is fading away, luckily. Disney's endeavour has already bombed, and Amiibo sales are in decline. Its ending, luckily!
@-Mandra- Agree with almost everything you typed, except for the part that " I hope is true". There is no need to wish someone bad, specially when it means loss of dozens of people's jobs.
@maceng Ah, I see what you mean. I most assuredly did not mean it in that respect. I suppose to clarify, I should say that I am not a fan of Skylanders at all, however it is a shame that it would cost many good people their jobs. I'm sorry for giving the wrong idea about what I meant when I phrased my comment poorly.
I was o lyrics interested in skylanders because when it first came out, it was almost advertised as a spyro revival and I got excited...
Clearly that was a lie. Now it's just a blatant scheme to just pump out context as fast as possible to help sell toys tgat barely function outside of the game they were designed for.
If a line of these toys that included all of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars could not survive the decline, then a line of characters barely anyone knows was likely to face the chop too.
Lego's probably got a few good years left and Nintendo's probably going to keep making amiibo (Though probably not another line like the Animal Crossing amiibo figures hardly anyone brought...)
Dunno, if it is or not. Having to buy a new portal with every game, plus wanting a butt ton of Skylanders gets ridiculous. We love the games, they're tons of fun and I would be a bit sad to see it go. The brand would stick around longer if Activision didn't pump one out every year.
Disney Infinity went under because they have a track record for making mediocre and forgettable titles. And they've got way more nostalgia for staying power then Nintendo does.
It would be supremely ironic if Amiibo, being the most boring and useless of the toys to life lines persevered. But if Nintendo wants it to succeed, they had better do Something with it besides being small-time dlc.
All three brands will thrive in the collector's market though.
@Angelic_Lapras_King The reason for Disney's demise was clear: Lego Dimensions came with very similar offerings and with a better plan. Also, in my case, we never got into it because the figures are bland as heck, they look like something from a McDonalds' Happy Meal.
Also, in fact, the Infinite line was doing very well: the first year brought 1 billion to Disney and the second line about 800 million. But Disney decided that instead of doing the toys themselves, a better deal was just to license their IPs. It has been heavily and widely discussed. Why have a gaming branch with 300+ employees to make about 500million a year when a couple of movies bring that?
@maceng Oh well, on the plus side its heavily rumored that Marvel Vs Capcom 4 will be revealed this weekend so meh....
I barely even think of amiibo being in this competition. They're more decorative fluff than they are game components like the others have been. Nintendo could stop now or not stop now and it would not really change their game output.
I don't care for Skylanders, and the way I see it, which is admittedly totally fanboyish, is that if they bow out of the fight, there's more room for Nintendo to thrive.
I didn't think I would, but I've (my girlfriend) even got a Splatoon amiibo recently. I don't care for toys-to-life, but an awesome little Nintendo figure that gives you benefits in games? If I'm going to buy Nintendo figures in the future then it might as well be an amiibo.
It's all Animal Crossing's fault. Go amiibo! Go Nintendo! Now all that's left to do is build a decent game, similar to Skylanders or Disney where every amiibo is loadable and gives you something unique in the game!
Use your talents! Nintendo makes the best software... if you want amiibo to thrive then you need to provide the software!
Or something... lol
Great, I hate that game
I'd prefer a return to classic Spyro style of games. Leave me with my dreams!
As someone who has played both Skylanders and Infinity with my daughter I'm surprised they lasted this long. Both franchises were incredibly exploitive of there target audience. If they had of adopted a every second year strategy and not locked away 50% of a the content on a full priced game behind a paywall they might have lasted. Which is why I think Amiibo will last they just add little extras to a game.
@MitchVogel Amiibo have fallen off a fair bit since their first year- though that ties into the exact reason why I think they won't be going anywhere any time soon: they have much less riding on them.
@Henmii Shut up.
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