Nintendo have repeatedly apologised for amiibo stock shortages, promising that the amount manufactured and shipped to retail would increase.
Consumers were also promised that they would work “closely with retailers” to make it easier to know when new amiibo would become available, and that has certainly been the case from online retailer Amazon.com today.
In wanting to help alleviate frustration, they’ve outlined time windows in which pre-orders will open for each amiibo in Wave 4. Although, it has to be said that many will find it sad that we’re still in such a situation that they need to do so in the first place.
“Thank you for your interest in ordering the new amiibo figures from Amazon.com!” the retailer’s began in an email to customers. “Quantities of the new characters are extremely limited, so we’d like to ensure that as many customers as possible have the opportunity to get the new figures!”
It continues, “Throughout the afternoon of Friday, May 29, we’ll be posting each Wave 4 amiibo figure individually within the following time windows. Each will become available for purchase at a random time during that time frame. Mark your calendars for the following times this Friday!”
Those allocated time windows are clarified as follows:
* PAC-MAN: 2pm – 2.30pm PT
* Charizard: 2.30pm – 3pm PT
* Inkling Boy: 3pm – 3.30pm PT
* Lucina: 3.30pm – 4pm PT
* Wario: 4pm – 4.30pm PT
* Inkling Girl: 4.30pm – 5pm PT
* Silver Mario: 5pm – 5.30pm PT
* Robin: 5.30pm – 6pm PT
* Inkling Boy, Girl, and Squid 3-pack: 6pm – 6.30 pm PT
“We’re limited each amiibo figure to 1 per customer, and we’ll be disabling 1-Click Ordering,” Amazon later confirm. “Additionally, it’d be helpful to make sure you’ve updated your credit card and shipping information to help you more quickly through the checkout process.
“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of interest for the latest wave of amiibo figures and we’re always working with Nintendo to get our hands on more. While we cannot guarantee that every customer who wants an amiibo will be able to purchase one when they become available on May 29th, we are doing our best to make sure customers have an opportunity to purchase their favourite characters!”