This morning’s amiibo news confirmed that the rumored Gold Mario Amiibo said to ship with Mario Party 10 was indeed real, and a Walmart exclusive. Nintendo has posted the shiny new amiibo on its website, along with its description and price:
"Mario™ never hesitates to leap into action when there’s trouble in the Mushroom Kingdom. Known for saving the world (and Princess Peach™) countless times from Bowser™, Mario is a true super star. He’s got amazing jumping skills and makes use of a wide range of transformations. Mario has also powered up into countless roles: referee, doctor, sportsman, dancer, kart racer, and many more."
Shortly after, the gold Mario amiibo went on sale at Walmart’s website… a few minutes later, it’s sold out. Of course.
If you managed to get an order in, you may want to hold onto the gold Mario amiibo, as it’s probably worth more as a collector’s item than a gameplay piece. It has the exact same function in-game as the original Mario amiibo that is frustratingly common, as well as the Super Mario amiibo that comes bundled with Mario Party 10 on March 20th, so there’s no gameplay-related reason why anyone might need this item.
It’s almost certain that the majority of pre-orders on the gold edition Mario went to scalpers, and that anyone who didn’t jump on the item when it was first announced will likely never see the collector’s item in stores. Whether you want amiibo for gameplay or collecting though, the amiibo situation just gets more laughable at every release, but considering all the money Nintendo is making off the figurines with their high demand, we probably won’t see a change in the availability any time soon.
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