Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin, and other franchises, has advised gamers that if you were unable to obtain an Amiibo figure “no longer available in stores,” that there’s still hope….kinda.
Miyamoto said the following in an interview with the Associated Press:
“We’ll continue to make future games that will have functionality with the “amiibo” characters as an additional present for people who bought them. Beyond that, we’re looking at how we can use the “amiibo” functionality in the future, including cards and whatnot.”
With this, there are no official announcements or timelines with these “cards.”
From a functional aspect I think this is a great idea. If you love Marth, but continue to be unable to get his figure, then this gives you an opportunity to fight alongside him in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. However, the collecting and sheer display of an actual Amiibo is lost in translation. I understand Nintendo is trying to appeal with both consumers and collectors, but I think there might be more profitable and customer-friendly methods of this that can benefit everyone.