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Nintendo acknowledges its Amiibo supply and demand problems

Nintendo has released a statement regarding its ongoing Amiibo shortages through a post on the company’s official Facebook page.

The post acknowledges the recent difficulties fans have been having acquiring Amiibo figures, and claims that Nintendo will be re-releasing the rarer out-of-stock figures that are being subject to scalping on third-party retailers like eBay.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm that our fans continue to show toward amiibo. Sales for the product have exceeded our expectations. We understand how frustrating it can be at times if consumers are unable to find certain figures, and we apologize for that.

We’re trying to meet the demands of our fans and consumers by increasing the amount of amiibo we manufacture and ship to retail. We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening.

As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details.

Nintendo plans to make it easier for consumers to know when new amiibo are on the way, through Nintendo press announcements, timely updates on our social media channels and working closely with retailers.

We remain committed to keeping amiibo affordable and easy to access as a platform to enhance game-play experiences. These plans include Animal Crossing amiibo cards that will become available by the end of 2015, and a free-to-download app for Wii U called amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits that launched on April 30, 2015, that lets consumers enjoy playable scenes from certain NES and Super NES games with amiibo.”

Nintendo has already claimed that much of the company’s inability to keep up with demand for Amiibo was due to greatly exceeded expectations. As of March, Nintendo has sold over 3.5 million figures with the Super Smash Bros. line alone.

For more on Amiibo’s ongoing supply problem, check out our thoughts on potential solutions.

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