Hard-to-find Amiibos are starting fetch a handsome sum on auction sites like eBay.
Nintendo has started something of a craze with its interactive figures based on its mascots that work with games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Now, some of the rarest Nintendo toys are going for over $100, even if they retail for $13. That’s because the figures for Animal Crossing’s Villager, Wii Fit’s Wii Fit Trainer, and Fire Emblem’s Marth are sold out everywhere, and Nintendo has said that it is already planning on discontinuing some characters — although it hasn’t said which. This has people rushing to stores in search of Amiibos they can to either complete a collection or to turnaround and sell to someone else.
Prices for the three big characters, Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer, started trending higher almost immediately after they went on sale. A week after they debuted in October, they were going for around $30. Now, with demand high and supply low, the value of a new rare Amiibo is moving up.
This morning on eBay, one user sold a brand new boxed Marth Amiibo for $122.50. With more than 30 hours left, an auction for Villager is approaching $100. Wii Fit Trainer is still on the low side, with bidding getting up to $47 in an auction that has 60 minutes left. Clearly, each of these figures are worth a lot individually, but they’re worth even more together.
An auction for the set of Marth, Wii Fit trainer, and Villager is currently at $320 after 23 bids. It has three hours left. Looking at other ongoing auctions, $300+ is the range they are all going for as well.
And prices are probably just going to continue rising. Nintendo has not reversed its plans to discontinue certain Amiibos, and it doesn’t look like the current supply has any hope of meeting the demand.
The good news is that Nintendo did say it will always keep its most popular Amiibos on the shelf. That includes characters like Mario, Pikachu, and Link — oh, and probably Luigi, too. But that’s only because he’s maybe not selling as well as some others.
Source: Venture Beat