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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 19: Over 700 Unique Plastic Figures


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the nineteenth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning. Also! I'm extending my Mew giveaway to give you guys more time to enter.

 

 

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Over 700 Unique Plastic Figures

 

 

 

 

I“m not about to use my Individual Values platform to open up the can of worms that is amiibos as a whole. But just for the record: I own a few, I“m already set to import those adorable yarn Yoshi amiibos from Australia (having international friends rules), and beyond that...I“m so completely disenfranchised with how amiibos have been handled here in the states that I don“t want to think about anymore potential cool ones I might want. Still, everyone talks about how Pokémon + amiibos could add up to the true plastic apocalypse, unlike anything we've ever seen before.

 

Maybe that“s why Nintendo hasn't announced any yet. Or maybe they“re waiting until Generation 7 to show us how truly twisted they can be by announcing one of a kind, exclusive Event Pokémon like Volcanion (heard of that one, yet?) that can only be brought to your games if you own its amiibo variant.

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If you thought grabbing Ness was bad... I think gating an exclusive—otherwise unobtainable Pokémon that you needed for a 100% complete ”Dex—behind an amiibo would even get me off to stand in line at an actual store... and let“s just say that rarely happens these days. Can you imagine how the handful of us compulsive enough to keep a “living Pokédex” would react to something like that?!

 

I think Nintendo is well aware of the potential firestorm that could unleash if they handle Pokémon amiibos the wrong way. Since they are releasing what seems to be all fifty characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, I don“t think it“s way out in left field to expect them to release at least a few handfuls of Pokémon amiibo. 719+ is a super high number, though. I really don“t think we“ll live in a world where an amiibo of every single known Pokémon exists. That“s a lot of plastic (and stress and trauma associated with pre-orders in the states. I“m sorry...am I bitter?).

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Still. A part of me wonders if Nintendo is brave enough to associate obtaining Event Pokémon by touching an amiibo to your screen via Mystery Gift. Surfing Pikachu. Shiny Charizard. A special Mewtwo, Lucario, or Jigglypuff. Maybe amiibos will be another way they distribute Mew, Celebi, or others. Have mercy on all of us, if that“s the case... because I“d have to go for at least one of those, right?

 

...No! It“s too much! Let“s talk about some positive, innocuous ways they could use amiibos that won“t lead to rarity, death and destruction down the line. Here“s one idea I“ve had for a while: What if you could use your Pokémon amiibo to store a copy of your team (including held items), then battle against yourself [presumably with a different team]. It would alleviate the need to fight against other humans to test the strengths and weaknesses of whatever team you“re training at the time. Plus, the amiibo Trainer could potentially level up and learn your specific tricks and trades, like a Smash Bros. amiibo. Wouldn't it be cool if amiibo Pokémon Trainers could (figuratively) hold their own in official tournaments licensed by Nintendo?

 

One other idea I had that“s not as bad as tying Pokémon themselves to amiibos: What about exclusive moves? Wouldn't it be cool if you could teach an actual Pikachu you caught Surf by using your Pikachu amiibo to do so? I think it would be neat to tie exclusive moves to amiibos that you could then teach to your in-game Pokémon, rather than the creatures themselves.

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What are some ideas/nightmares you have regarding Pokémon amiibos? Are you an avid collector who wants a massive amount of them to unlock features in the canonical games, or would you prefer if Nintendo kept Pokémon amiibo restricted to spin-off games?

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