Looks like Nintendo launched a salvo of new announcement information yesterday. Check out the whole press release here. I guess launching massive press releases is the new replacement for Nintendo Directs in a world without Satoru Iwata?
The most significant thing of the press release? Well, who cares about all these game release dates... Let's talk about MEGA YARN YOSHI.
No, it's not a new game... it's an AMIIBO!
|The one on the right is the MEGA YARN YOSHI. The others are the ordinary ones.|
Courtesy of GameSpot, who probably took it from the Nintendo PR room.
Most people know that Yoshi's Woolly World already came out in Japan and Europe, with North America still waiting for an October 16, 2015 release that exists just to give Splatoon a lot of well-deserved time to itself. So Europe already has the miniature Yoshi amiibo. The miniature (or normal-sized, actually) yarn Yoshi amiibo come out the same day as the game in America. Yoshi's Woolly World is going to be $50 (like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze), or $60 for a bundle of the game and the green yarn Yoshi amiibo. You can buy blue and pink separately for $17 each. Again, Europe already has all this.
But they don't have the MEGA YARN YOSHI. Europe is getting it November 27, 2015. Meanwhile, America gets it November 15, 2015! That's way earlier and should make up for the previous release discrepancies, right?
Now, here's the catch: MEGA YARN YOSHI (by the way, the capitalisation is all my doing and not official syntax) is.... $40. Yeah, the price of a full 3DS game. And according to the press release, it does the same in-game functions as a normal-sized yarn Yoshi amiibo. So basically, you're paying $23 to make the amiibo plushie-sized with no other benefits. However, normal plushies don't go for $40. You can buy the Ludwig Von Koopa plushie that I enjoy for only $12!
So why is it priced so high? Could it be that Nintendo is actually paying attention to supply and demand like I asked them to? I concluded that amiibo are obviously underpriced. Now Nintendo is raising prices (though in large part to cover the increased materials costs — this is real yarn!) to try to reduce the amount of people willing and able to buy the amiibo. That can only be a good thing to fight the second-hand market.
By the way, I don't really know much about Yoshi's Woolly World since E3 2015. I've been purposefully avoiding information about it, 'cause spoilers and all that. So is MEGA YARN YOSHI actually a thing in the game? Is it related to Yoshi's New Island with its Mega Eggs? Is it a mega evolution? Don't let me know 'cause it's probably a spoiler. It's more fun for everyone if I'm left ignorant on this.
So what should you let me know? Your thoughts on if you'd get a MEGA YARN YOSHI or not! I mean... I want some sort of yarn Yoshi amiibo. Whether it's MEGA YARN YOSHI or not is unclear. But it's obviously the go-to amiibo for cuddling.
Ludwig loves cute plushies, such as himself in plushie forme. They're some of the best things money can buy, though under normal circumstances he'd never pay for a $40 plushie. He's torn on this issue. He hopes the yarn amiibo don't get torn up like his brain is. You should help him out.
Ludwig hasn't gone amiibo hunting since Splatoon came out.
Ludwig's Kirby plushie is actually world-famous.
Ludwig also has Koopa Troopa plushie minions!