This Is How It Begins

Look, not everyone sets out to have a massive Amiibo collection. A lot of people start out like I just did: With one.

At the start of this week, I didn't own a single Amiibo. Nintendo's little chip-enabled figures just didn't appeal to me. Unlike some of my colleagues I've never been a big toy person, nor do I go in for physical collectables. I figure my money is better spent elsewhere.

I don't know what it was that inspired me to purchase the Splatoon Inkling Girlâ„¢ Amiibo. Doubtless it was partly due to the my unexpected obsession with Splatoon 2 after having skipped the first one. I'd also just ordered a USB ethernet adaptor for my Switch to ensure that I had the best time playing Splatoon 2 online and was already in a spending mood. What the hell, I thought, tossing it into my online shopping cart.

I was curious, as well. What would it be like to own one of these things? How does it work when you plug it into your game?

The first thing I noticed after it arrived was the packaging. That is some very nice packaging! I followed a video guide to open it up without destroying the box, which was pretty easy to do.

I loaded up Splatoon 2 and walked my character back to the Amiibo station behind Crusty Sean's food truck. I started waving the Amiibo around my controller, but nothing happened.

I realised I'd have to actually walk up to the Amiibo case and interact with it. That brought up a registration screen that asked me to give this Amiibo a nickname. I was not expecting this, and it felt like a lot of pressure.

I looked at my Amiibo's face. "What's your name?" I asked her. She looked like a Jane to me, so I named her "Jane". I placed Jane on my controller and lo and behold, she warped into my game.

We had a brief conversation, the duration of which I spent processing the fact that I'd just placed a toy next to my game controller and it had appeared in my game and started talking to me. It even asked if we could be friends.

I of course said yes, after which Jane and my little Inkling hung out and posed for photos together.

It was cute, but that was about as far as it went. I got some neat earrings from her, and she says I'll get more gear if I win more games and check back with her. I can save a loadout to my Amiibo and tap it to my controller to quickly switch my gear and gun. The Amiibo itself is also just a well-made little figure and looks cool on my desk.

Despite the many warnings I have received on social media, I do not feel as though I've crested the lip of a slippery slope. I don't feel a compelling urge to buy a second Amiibo, let alone a third or a fourth. There's a good chance that the Inkling Girlâ„¢ will remain my sole Amiibo for some time to come.

Unless she doesn't. Unless Nintendo makes an even better Amiibo that does something even cooler in one of their upcoming games. I heard one of the upcoming Metroid Amiibo will unlock a higher difficulty? That's a pretty cheap trick by Nintendo, but also... kind of makes me want that Amiibo...

Shit. This is how it begins.


    Preaching to the converted. I have multiple shelves of Amiibo filling my study without even owning a single Nintendo console in the house. No plans of stopping.

    I only own 3, and I have no intention of purchasing more. I bought a Pikachu on a whim when they first released. That was then followed by a Boy Inkling & Mii Gunner which I was planning to mod together (Inkling on Gunner base) for a CPU fighter in Smash. Since then nothing. And if Zelda didn't tempt me then I don't think anything else will.

    I have them all except the monster hunter ones. Even BoxBoy and Gold Megaman. I need to buy another cabinet.

    If you want a higher difficulty in a Metroid game than you are probably a big fan of the franchise. Buying that cool little figurine is tempting enough without the extra unlockables.

    ....join us......

    Weird thing about Amiibo is that you NEVER see them second hand or used at EB stores. They have bucket loads of Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions figures.. but people seem to hang on to their Amiibo. I haven't figured out why..

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