We often say that if you see an amiibo you want, buy it immediately. This applies to not only the rarest of the rare (Little Mac, Villager, Marth) but also commons like Link, Peach and Donkey Kong. The latter are the characters you most likely own and therefore ignore when visiting stores, or perhaps you think there’s no rush, since these particular amiibo will always be available. Nintendo even said that you’ll be able to purchase select amiibo on a regular basis.
Then the company revealed the Super Mario amiibo lineup and we immediately went out and bought additional Marios and Luigis.
The new lineup features Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Toad, the latter of which also works with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Despite Mario Party 10 releasing on March 20, you cannot pre-order the amiibo through GameStop yet.
For all we know, these amiibo will coexist with their Super Smash Bros. counterparts, with options to buy two different Marios if the urge strikes you. We suspect, however, that Nintendo will eventually phase out parts of the Smash line and replace it with this one.
Retailers will only devote a certain amount of shelf space for amiibo, which also competes with Skylanders and Disney Infinity. With Nintendo continuing to release figures based on Smash Bros. (waves three and four are on the way, and we still have no Duck Hunt or R.O.B.), that means old characters will disappear to make room for new ones. Those particular Mario and Luigi amiibo are common today, but don’t rule out the possibility of them being gone several months from now.
Should that happen, we don’t expect insane Marth prices since there are literally thousands upon thousands of Mario and Luigi amiibo in the wild, but if you’re on the fence about buying the pair (Peach and Yoshi while you’re at it), now’s the time, preferably two to keep sealed and two to open.
For the record, you don’t gain bonuses for using one Mario amiibo over the other. Each one produces the same result in games like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.