Well here we are, the end of the Super Smash Bros amiibo line. This is the line that started it all, driving Nintendo fans to fill their rooms full of plastic, at the expense of anything else, and to the displeasure of many partners the world over. And for the grand finale, they’ve gone and released two variations of each character, allowing amiibo fans to pick their favourite design. Or simply buy them both. Sorry, partner.
The classic JRPG Final Fantasy VII has never been released on a Nintendo system, but Super Smash Bros somehow ended up with the protagonist of the series, Cloud, as a featured fighter. He kind of only knows one pose, the sword over shoulder pose, so here he is posing in his two favourite outfits. No one knows what happened to the other half of the coat, but he wears it well all the same.
In Fire Emblem Fates you can choose to lead as a male or female version of Corrin, and so it makes sense to offer the two in amiibo form. Though it does leave room to wonder why we haven’t seen a female Robin, female Villager, male Wii Fit trainer, or the Koopa Kids as variant figures.
Then a certain kind of dread appears, the kind that creeps around on the back of the neck tickling and prickling those fine hairs, as you realise that maybe these aren’t the final Smash amiibo. Just keep telling yourself that these Player 2 figures offer the exact same content as the Player 1 figures. Don’t stop and maybe that dread will crawl away.
With the huge delay between announcement of these final amiibo and release, many speculated that perhaps they would launch with a Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. This didn’t happen, and instead we’re left with six new amiibo released for a game stuck on a past system. Bayonetta deserves more than this.
The 3DS is still alive and kicking, but with such a delay you’d think just maybe Nintendo would be ready to let players switch systems up, you know? It made a lot of sense to give the game the Deluxe treatment, similarly to how Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament have been given a new lease of life, but alas, it seems Nintendo don’t think much of sense.
It could still be coming though? Right? Surely?