While the popularity of Nintendo’s toys-to-life products, amiibo, may have been a passing fad back in 2014, the company has made it clear that it has no intention of phasing the figures out of their product lines any time soon. From basing an entire game around amiibo with Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival on the Wii U to recently announcing new amiibo lines for Monster Hunter Rise and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, it seems that amiibo are here to stay.
Last summer, Nintendo officially kicked off Super Mario Bros.‘ 35th anniversary, and the celebrations have continued into 2021. The announcement of an enhanced port of the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World coming to the Nintendo Switch excited many, along with the reveal of new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo to be released alongside the game. However, it now seems that some older amiibo will be making a return for Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury as well.
After the premier of a brand new trailer finally showcasing Bowser’s Fury, a press release by Nintendo teased the amiibo functionality for the game, mentioning the new Cat Mario and Cat Peach amiibo will “offer in-game enhancements.” Additionally, Nintendo noted that since Bowser and Bowser Jr. play large roles in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, the characters’ own amiibo figures will be re-released at select retailers.
Mario’s famous nemesis Bowser has a lot of amiibo figures, and although Nintendo didn’t specify which Bowser amiibo would be getting re-released, taking a look at their customer support CPSIA Certificates of Compliance page shows that the Bowser amiibo made for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U back in 2015 is the one being re-released. The page also shows that Bowser Jr.’s Smash 3DS & Wii U amiibo is being re-released, though this is the character’s only amiibo figure. Nintendo only briefly mentioned that the figures will be returning to select retailers and “have special activations in Bowser’s Fury.”
It’s worth noting that back when the original Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U amiibo were released, some figures were exclusive to certain retailers, such as the Bowser Jr. amiibo, which was originally a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive. Being that Toys ‘R’ Us closed many of its stores back in 2018 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it is likely that the Bowser Jr. amiibo will be available at other retailers this time around, despite the retailer opening a couple new stores back in 2019.
This new information comes with a slew of other announcements regarding Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary, including a new Mario-themed Switch releasing the same day as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. All in all, Nintendo has made it clear that although their famous plumbers’ anniversary took place last year, they are not ready to stop celebrating just yet.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will launch on February 12, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.