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GameStop has started accepting orders for the new Skylanders amiibo combo packs. Hammer Slam Bowser with Clown Cruiser, in addition to Donkey Kong with Barrel Blaster, can be ordered here. Each one is priced at $25.

Many of you are probably aware that Nintendo’s line of amiibo figures don’t work unless they’re taken out of the packaging. Each box comes with a protective piece of material that blocks NFC functionality from being used.

With Shovel Knight, however, this isn’t an issue. There’s no material to speak of with the new figure. It’s not exactly easy to use Shovel Knight while he’s still in the box, but it can definitely be done.

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The Shovel Knight amiibo is now available on GameStop. That makes sense, as the figure is out today! Place an order here if you’re still looking to secure Shovel Knight.

Update: Wave 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo are up now here as well. That includes Resetti, Blathers, Celeste, and Kicks. Animal Crossing amiibo cards series 2 pre-orders are up here.


Amazon has put up pre-orders for the Lucas amiibo. Get yours here. Lucas will be officially released on January 22.

The Shovel Knight amiibo can once again be pre-ordered on Amazon. To get in a reservation, visit the product page here. The Shovel Knight amiibo launches on Friday.

We have a quick update on in-store availability for the Shovel Knight amiibo. Best Buy is estimated to be receiving 4-8 units per store whereas Target could have about 10. The lowest amount is sitting at 2 amiibo per store and as high as 10 for Best Buy and around 12 to 16 for Target.

It’s not entirely clear how many units Toys “R” Us and GameStop will have. However, the former should be receiving similar inventory as other stores while the latter could be at or above Best Buy levels.

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Nintendo has provided a look at the entire third set of Animal Crossing amiibo cards. You can find a full overview image after the break. For looks at individual cards, visit the official page here.

Over the next few days, the Skylanders amiibo (Hammer Slam Bowser and Turbo Charge Donkey Kong) will be hitting store shelves in the form of two new combo packs. Check out some images of the two sets below.

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In an interview with Nintendo Life, Ian Flood and David D’Angelo from Yacht Club Games spoke all about Shovel Knight. One prominent topic was the Shovel Knight amiibo.

Speaking about how the figure came to be, the two developers stated:

David D’Angelo: That started in 2014, the possibility of it even happening – what it would look like, what it could do.

David: Yeah, Nintendo said “pitch us on it” when they showed us the New 3DS. We started chatting about ideas with amiibo and they asked us whether we wanted to formally pitch to do an amiibo. That kind of thing is strange, like you’re sending a paper to no-one! But the whole thing was shocking, really, they kept saying let’s move this forward, and we couldn’t believe it was going to happen.

Ian: The excitement leading up to it was something else. What was funny was that we were waiting for the announcement, website, trailer and stuff like that, and retailers kept leaking it. It was tricky to get the information out there. It’s one thing to leak that it’s a thing, but it’s another to leak that it’s in a game series it’s not! There was a lot of information around, and we couldn’t easily say it was wrong without talking about it fully.

Ian: Yeah, we had to say it was a mis-listing, so not denying everything. We had people getting pre-emptively mad about the release date, pricing. All mad at details that were incorrect. We’re pretty receptive online and tried to answer queries.

Ian: So we tried to calm everyone down and put out a definitive update with full details. But that was fun, a few guys were at PAX for the reveal at the [email protected] event, and we were all excited that we had prototypes in a box. The guys were keeping them under their coats at the hotel so that we kept a lid on it, yet the whole time that was happening images were online. It was a bubble where the guys at the event were keeping a secret, but EVERYONE in the entire would knew about it.

But still, it was an immensely exciting day with everything coming together.

The Shovel Knight amiibo has been up for pre-order on both Best Buy and Amazon. However, the figure ended up “selling out” soon after reservations opened. There’s a simple reason for that: pre-orders weren’t supposed to happen, according to Yacht Club Games.

The studio mentioned on Reddit that stock for the Shovel Knight amiibo shouldn’t be an issue. It’s anticipated that there should be enough figures to go around at launch, not to mention that “refresh shipments will continue arriving frequently.”

“Hopefully I can clarify things a little! The Best Buy/Amazon preorders were not taken down due to stock issues, but because they should not have been listed for preorder in the first place! Stock should (hopefully!) be plentiful at release, and refresh shipments will continue arriving frequently.”

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