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Counterfeit Amiibo's have Appeared in the Wild

Buyers beware, counterfeit Amiibo's have started popping online and at several retailers. These fakes look almost identical to real Amiibo's, so learn how to spot the difference before you get scammed.

Amiibo figures have become one of the most successful products Nintendo has ever produced, selling over 10.5 million since their release. Trying to collect these figures has become a driving passion for scores of collectors determined to get their hands on them all.

All the money and attention Amiibo's are receiving has also caught the attention of looking to cash in on Nintendo's success. A new in-depth report by Nintendo Inquirer shows that people have stooped to the level of creating counterfeit Amiibo's that are appearing online and at retail stores.

The news of counterfeit Amiibo's will not be easy for collectors, already fighting through severe shortages and scalpers, to swallow. The last thing that Amiibo collectors want to hear is that they need to watch out for fake figurines, but there is good news mixed in with the bad. These counterfeit Amiibo's are easy to spot when you have clues on what to look for in a fake.

If you want to know if that Amiibo your about to buy online is a fake or the real deal, start by looking at the packaging. Counterfeit Amiibo's ship out in cheap plastic boxes that don't come close in quality to the cases Nintendo ships the real ones in. If the figure isn't in the packaging there are still a few simple ways to spot a fake.

At the moment there are four main figures being counterfeited: Mario, Link, Pikachu, and Samus. Each of these counterfeit Amiibo's has clear giveaways that they're not real that you can spot by looking closely. A good example being the paint on Link and Mario, the counterfeited versions of these figures clothes appear darker than on the real figures. So be sure to look at closely before buying your next figure to avoid buying a counterfeit Amiibo.

Source: Nintendo Inquirer

Published Jun. 4th 2015
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    I think an important point is being missed here: do the counterfeits work? I mean, it's one thing for them to have slightly different paint and such, but by all means if they work and do what they're supposed to do, I don't think many parents would really complain. Just saying.

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