Ever since amiibo debuted late last year, it was obvious to many that the #1 reason people were buying them was to either collect or display them in their own home. And -- again -- it's likely that most thought it was a well-executed or elaborate scheme on Nintendo's part to tap into the collector's mentality to sell as many amiibo as possible.
Surely Nintendo had 'collecting' in mind when they started selling them, right? How could they not?
Well, according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the company was taken aback about the collecting aspect. In fact, it was never their intention to have the little figures be viewed as such. Kimishima weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with Time magazine, saying:
Of course, the collecting aspect is an unexpected yet beneficial by-product of Nintendo's original plan for amiibo, but it would seem that the company is poised to increase the amount of value they contribute toward games in the near future.
Hopefully this means we'll be getting less extras based on aesthetic bonuses and more that actually enhance the gameplay, but time will tell.
Are you surprised that Nintendo never intended for amiibo to become collector's items?