Last year we heard the unfortunate news that Nintendo’s Amiibo toy-line wasn’t safe, and by that I mean that we quickly learned that Nintendo had no plans to keep every single figure in production and instead revealed that they’ll be releasing NFC cards instead, which can be used instead.

Though at the time there was no news as to when Nintendo would be releasing the cards, CEO and president Satoru Iwata revealed during a financial briefing this week, that they’ll be releasing this year.

“In contrast to the current figure-shaped Amiibo available, we will make Amiibo in the form of cards this year as one of our future plans as Mr. Miyamoto mentioned at the Corporate Management Policy Briefing in October,” Iwata said.

This echo’s what was revealed last year when Amiibo production came to a halt and there was word that some Amiibo won’t be reproduced, but their functionalities will exist in the form of NFC cards. This of course isn’t as awesome as having a little Amiibo figure sitting on your shelf, but chances are they’ll be much cheaper and will be easier and more affordable for Nintendo to reproduce.

Nintendo have revealed that some of the more popular Amiibo may be reproduced depending on demand, and if yesterday’s Amiibo popularity rankings are anything to go by, the Link Amiibo is a sure-thing.

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