Counterfeit amiibo found on sale with lack of NFC chip

According to a new report, counterfeit amiibo have started to circulate across a number of marketplaces.


With the increasing popularity of Nintendo’s amiibo, it was only a matter of time until counterfeits would start flooding the market.

Today, we’re hearing reports counterfeit Mario, Link, Samus, and Pikachu amiibo have started to pop up across a number of marketplaces, as well as some markets in Brazil. These counterfeit amiibo lack the chip that’s needed to be used across a wide variety of Nintendo titles, meaning they’re purely cosmetic replicas.

For those who spend nearly every waking moment hunting amiibo, there are some telltale signs that will help keep you from picking up a counterfeit figure without realizing it. Mario’s overalls are made of a different texture, Link’s face is distorted and his tunic looks hastily painted on, Pikachu’s arms are completely fused to his body, and Samus’ head sticks out from her body than it should.

At least the counterfeit amiibo are from wave 1 collection. Considering those are easy to purchase these days, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a legitimate figure rather than a counterfeit one. If the more sought after amiibo start getting counterfeit, then there's a higher chance a customer could end up with one since they're usually in high demand when they first release.

[Via Nintendo Inquirer]

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    June 3, 2015 12:35 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Counterfeit amiibo found on sale with lack of NFC chip

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      June 3, 2015 12:37 PM

      Thats just what we needed. Dammit Nintendo, get your stock issue solved.

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      June 3, 2015 12:44 PM

      Hah, well, from what I've seen from pics of a lot of peoples' amiibo collections, they don't take them out of the cases anyway, so they'll never know.

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      June 3, 2015 12:45 PM

      Wow the detail is pretty good, would be great to see them in the US, maybe they can meet demand and send more than 4 to every store. lol

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      June 3, 2015 12:50 PM

      Every time I see jeff burke he's either talking about amigos with a bleary eyed look of despair on his face or watching his adventurers fall to insanity one by one.

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      June 3, 2015 1:05 PM

      The fireball on the fake looks even more like a flaming penis.

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      June 3, 2015 2:23 PM

      But if they print more of those 'rare' Amibos, wouldn't they be next to worthless? Like the 2nd and 3rd (and 4th) Printings of TMNT #1 would sell for NEARLY cover price. Well, 2nd Printings were worth like $5.

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      June 3, 2015 4:25 PM

      I hope this doesn't end up as a Stuff That Sucks video.

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      June 3, 2015 5:18 PM

      What took so long?

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