Rosalina Amiibo Will be Exclusive to Target

Rosalina Amiibo Will be Exclusive to Target

Rosalina Amiibo Will be Exclusive to Target

The Rosalina target exclusive means that four of the wave 3 amiibos will be exclusives to different stores.

Well, it now looks like the Rosalina and Luma amiibo that will be coming in the third wave of amiibo releases next year will only be available at Target (no, not that Target). A reddit employee who works for the chain posted an image of a Target POS machine showing that the figure will be an exclusive, so any Rosalina fans had better plan on hitting up Target when her amiibo is released in February.

Rosalina joins Lucario, Meta Knight and Shulk as store exclusives, which will be exclusive to Toys R' Us, Best Buy and Gamestop respectively. Wave 3 amiibos are set to launch on February first, and as well as the aforementioned characters, also includes Sonic, Megaman, Ike, Bowser, and King Dedede (which as of yet, have not been announced as store exclusives).

Keep in mind this is currently only for those of you in the US - other regions may or may not have the same, or similar, exclusivity deals. If you have an issue with shopping at one (or more) of the stores that have exclusivity in the US, keep in mind that the amiibos are not region locked, so you can always import them from somewhere like Play-Asia.

Source: Reddit

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Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

Blame NoA for this, not Nintendo as a whole. I live in Britain and I can preorder every wave 3 amiibo from multiple stores. This is still bullshit though.

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

Probably not from her own role in Galaxy 1/2.

She's hella strong in SSB4 though, so there is that.

EbonBehelit:

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

Probably not from her own role in Galaxy 1/2.

She's hella strong in SSB4 though, so there is that.

Nothing quite like kicking people with galaxies and stars with a woman with amazonian proportions (Seriously, shes HUGE)

Kind of like her as a character, even if there's not that much to go on. Dunno if I'll buy the Amiibo for her though, already want Ganondorf, Samus(I know it's out, just haven't bothered to buy one yet) and ZSS (I'd probably get Link if his Amiibo didn't look so dumb), and that's gonna be plenty expensive as it is.

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

I guess it's debatable if what is ultimately such a minor character would matter much...
Still, one of the better characters from the Mario universe, honestly... XD

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

She's also playable in Mario 3D World, along with all the Mario Karts since the Wii version. She seems popular enough, and it's not every day we get interesting new Mario characters outside the RPGs.

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

No man.....you don't understand. She has a pretty big fucking fanbase.

Don't fuck with the Rosalina fans.

OT: I don't care about no Rosalina's or Lucarios. I only want two Amiibos, and that's Duckhunt and Bowser Jr. (or any sub koopaling category.)

If here in Australia Target here does have the exclusivity rights, they aren't getting a purchase from me.

Hopefully that won't be the case and it will be either sold at all stores or at a different chain.

Holy flying crud have some Amiibos been hard to get. Little Mac and Diddy Kong sold out INSTANTLY. These exclusives? NOT helping the matter. Doesn't help that I really WANT Rosalina, and Meta Knight... And Shulk and Lucario...

I believe Nintendo vastly underestimated how popular some characters would be. There are WAY too many Marios and Kirbies.

At this rate, I'm actually considering buying some of these Amibos if I see them while out shopping just to flip them on ebay...

ShirowShirow:
Holy flying crud have some Amiibos been hard to get. Little Mac and Diddy Kong sold out INSTANTLY. These exclusives? NOT helping the matter. Doesn't help that I really WANT Rosalina, and Meta Knight... And Shulk and Lucario...

I believe Nintendo vastly underestimated how popular some characters would be. There are WAY too many Marios and Kirbies.

This is what happens when you combine Nintendo's popularity, gamers' gotta-catch-'em-all mentality, and the toy market.

I kinda expected it because it was pain finding certain Transformers, Power Rangers and Monster High things, and those are from super experienced toy companies.

Know what gets me though? I didn't even see Wii Fit Trainer, Villager or Marth before they disappeared.

Well Target and Ebay anyway...

This does seem like quite the dick move though, esp. for people who don't live anywhere near the stores in question.

I'm still kind of skeptical of the longer term viability of the Amiibos - I guess we'll see in the next year or two whether 3rd party development will support them in any meaningful way. I'm sure that first party development will have some compatibility and that the Nintendo equivalent of Skylanders/Disney Infinity is coming along but if only the sporadic Amiibo geared Nintendo game makes use of them to any great extent, I'm not sure how much of a draw there will be to them once the novelty has worn off.

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

Judging by how much Rule 34 there is of her, I'd say her fanbase is pretty significant.

Olas:
Does Rosalina really have a fanbase anyway? She's only played a prominent role in 1 game, and she sorta appeared at the end of Galaxy 2 briefly. Aside from that she's basically another Waluigi.

Does rule 34 counter as fanbase because if yes, then trust me, there are a lot of them. A lot.

Anyways, this is an american thing. I don't know why they do it, probably to get on the good side of the shops while actually not really doing a lot. Correct me f I'm wrong but can't you just order them online fromt he Target stores? Doesn't really do any damage to the consumer?
IIRC there are no shop exclusive amiibo's in Europe and I believe it would be against the law if they tried to do that. Pure open market fails when it reaches huge proportions and the US is there. Big companies can easily buy the advantage from the competition and there is really nothing that the consumer can do against it. Some tighter rules should be in place.

And yet, I'm still waiting for my amiibos of Ganondorf and Pac-Man...

In due time, I suppose.

I like Rosalina. I only have Galaxy 1 and Mario Kart Wii as far as games she is actually in, but I love her design and her backstory is pretty good.

She is way more interesting than Peach or Daisy to me.

Not as interesting as Samus but you take what you can get.

Also, yeah there is a ton of Ninty pron out there...just like everything else ever.

How about fuck you, whoever is behind this bullshite. Not interested in the Mario franchise personally, but I hate exclusivity bullshit like this on principle. It's cancerous. At least it's not a pre-order exclusive.

Seems like they're limiting their most unpopular characters right? Generic stuff like the villager and the trainer and this here token female character they decided to throw into the Mario franchise...

This whole limited supply and exclusive crap needs to die. Nintendo can burn money to heat their offices. They can afford to make a little more of each Amiibo and tell retail chains trying to bribe them with exclusivity rights to fuck off and get in line for their shipment. MS (and now Sony, too) are pulling game exclusivity shenanigans to get more adopters. That's tough, but acceptable. Target and other chains can have sales or offer bundles to get more customers (or build their reputations as a places that are not out to screw you). (And, if their dealings with suppliers limits how much they can knock off the price or what they can bundle together, that's what they should be negotiating.)

The only non-negative (I can't say positive.) thing about this is you don't have to buy a game twice to get Rosalina and another Amiibo. If I wanted to get a game and Gamestop's bonus DLC of an assalt rifle with purple pimp fuzz and wanted the Best Buy exclusive meathead Speisshe Mahreen in a tutu to wield the pimp gun, I'd have to buy two copies (or try to buy the code from someone who did buy it from Best Buy). There's still the downside that your forced to buy from a retailer that you might be at odds with. (I don't think Target's reputation from last year's hack has fully healed, yet. And there's always plenty of reasons people don't want to shop at certain places.)

Hairless Mammoth:
This whole limited supply and exclusive crap needs to die. Nintendo can burn money to heat their offices. They can afford to make a little more of each Amiibo and tell retail chains trying to bribe them with exclusivity rights to fuck off and get in line for their shipment. MS (and now Sony, too) are pulling game exclusivity shenanigans to get more adopters. That's tough, but acceptable. Target and other chains can have sales or offer bundles to get more customers (or build their reputations as a places that are not out to screw you). (And, if their dealings with suppliers limits how much they can knock off the price or what they can bundle together, that's what they should be negotiating.)

From what I've seen and heard around the web there seems to be 3 issues with the Amiibo thing right now.

The first and foremost ones are the scalpers. These people have enough money to buy out stock of any given "rare" Amiibo and sell them for a crap ton more on Ebay. They have been doing it a lot with Little Macs, Rosalinas, and Diddy Kong as of late (I heard nothing about Lucario.)

The second issue is that Nintendo honestly can't tell which ones will be popular or not so they are playing it safe in a sense. Nobody would of expected Diddy Kong to be a widely sought out item yet alone Nintendo. Granted I'm having faith that they did make a reasonable amount of each based on brand recognition and all that....but you know...this goes back to the first point with scalpers.

Thirdly retail chains are intentionally holding back stock, or displaying certain Amiibos in ways that make them seem like they are rare to get them out of stock fast.

It's basically the perfect storm of figurine collecting assholes, child toys consumerism, and high demand.

The only non-negative (I can't say positive.) thing about this is you don't have to buy a game twice to get Rosalina and another Amiibo. If I wanted to get a game and Gamestop's bonus DLC of an assalt rifle with purple pimp fuzz and wanted the Best Buy exclusive meathead Speisshe Mahreen in a tutu to wield the pimp gun, I'd have to buy two copies (or try to buy the code from someone who did buy it from Best Buy). There's still the downside that your forced to buy from a retailer that you might be at odds with. (I don't think Target's reputation from last year's hack has fully healed, yet. And there's always plenty of reasons people don't want to shop at certain places.)

Yeah the rise in Amiibo exclusives are starting to get ridiculous. I wonder if this is just a NoA thing since folks in other countries don't have this sort of bullshit apparently.

Dragonbums:
Yeah the rise in Amiibo exclusives are starting to get ridiculous. I wonder if this is just a NoA thing since folks in other countries don't have this sort of bullshit apparently.

I'm just going to chime in here as someone quite distanced from the product. I neither collect Amiibos nor own a Wii U, yet I clicked on this article out of curiosity because my initial thought was "What a very Japanese thing to do!"

See, the idea of trawling between different retailers (or outlets or cities or prefectures) to fulfil a collection is a very commonplace thing in Japan, and people love it to bits. Everything from Pokémon figurines to varieties of Kit-Kats have sales restrictions to add some novelty factor to collecting/trying them all.

As far as benefit for Nintendo goes, there's no additional direct profit to be made from selling them this way. Rather, it's a relatively benign means to build some excitement and marketing buzz. I mean, going out to buy a bunch of things at once is a single trip: you make the trip and you quickly forget about the retail experience side of things. Spread that out over multiple trips and people feel that they're working slowly at a collection. It builds somewhat of a mythology around the product and spreads the excitement out over a longer period of time. This in turn buys Nintendo more time to produce another set without having to drum up hype again. These aren't mutually exclusive products, so the motivation behind splitting them up cannot be the same as, say, retailer-exclusive elements in games. Essentially, the retail experience comes part and parcel with the product, the same way as blind-packed trading cards.

Damn we JUST got introduced to amiibos and I am already sick of their abusing limited stock practices. Sorry I am a nintendo fan but will not give them a pass for this bullshit. If EA or Ubisoft was doing this shit people would be in an up in arms over this practice.

Retail exclusive amiibos are a horrible idea because it forces consumers to either go through a shitty retail they wouldn't have normally or deal with the price hike douchebags of the internet. All in all it just sours my initial excitement of amiibos and their potential.

Nintendo has no excuse for this nonsense. They have such a huge amount of money to make more than enough stock and choose to make them limited to try and milk this new concept as much as possible. For example, Marth was sold out before it even hit the retail shelves on DAY 1.

I think I will buy my amiibo collection a year or two down the road when all this exclusive and price hiking nonsense fades away. If any of the amiibos are out of stock for good then I lose nothing before investing money in shit and running head first into this consumer mouse trap nintendo has built.

Now if you will excuse me I'm going to play skyward sword finally to see what all the fuss was about.

 

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