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amiibo hunt

I’ve been ignoring them since they came out but because of Fire Emblem Warriors, I decided to collect amiibo of characters from Fire Emblem Awakening. I thought they were reasonable to collect because there were just three of them: Robin and Lucina from the original Smash Bros. line and Chrom from the Fire Emblem series. And before today, I’ve been seeing all three in the video game shops near my area.

Well, I was wrong. I only got my hands on Chrom; the other two were nowhere to be found. I checked five different shops and none of them had any Robins or Lucinas laying around. I even emailed them but got no response.

Luckily, I found someone selling a bundle of Fire Emblem amiibo (only missing Lucina) and the seller was willing to break apart the package (I already had Ike and Chrom and did not want Marth or Roy). Since I was already playing Fire Emblem Echoes, I decided to get Alm and Celica as well.

Well now I have the bunch with me and my collection is decent enough; I’ve got my favorite Fire Emblem character in Ike, what looks to be my favorite romantic couple in Alm and Celica, and my favorite bromance in Chrom and Robin. All I’m missing now is Lucina but even without her I think I’ll be good. I don’t see Nintendo releasing any more amiibo from Awakening, Path of Radiance or Echoes so I don’t see myself sinking too much money in amiibo moving forward.

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impulse buy

It was a perfect storm of variables. Nintendo announcing the amiibo functionality of Metroid: Samus Returns. Me owning a copy of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. A surprise sale of Zero Suit Samus amiibo (at around $3.75-$4.00 per figure). Me getting extended at work yesterday. All these events aligned, so now I’m the proud owner of a Zero Suit Samus figurine.

There’s a slight feel of regret, but it goes away as soon as I remember that this figurine cost me just $4.00, and that it works with two games that I own (Super Smash Bros. is the other one).

The novelty of AI-controlled fighters in Super Smash Bros. no longer appeals to me. Meanwhile, the Zero Suit paint job in Federation Force doesn’t seem to be as useful as the regular armored Samus paint job (double slow beam vs double missiles). But the in-game advantage that it offers in Samus Returns is huge – it gives you an energy tank that automatically replenishes Samus’ health. I’m not sure how many times this can work; if it’s once per day then it’ll really be helpful. And it also unlocks the Sound Test which I prefer over the exclusive art that the other amiibo unlock.

So, $4.00 for in-game advantages in two Metroid games? I have a decent looking plastic figurine for display? Worth it.

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