Nintendo Announces Gold Mario amiibo Release for Canada
But you’ll have to wait just a bit first.
While Bowser is going to be ready to crash Mario’s latest party this Friday, March 20th in Mario Party 10 for the Wii U, it looks like the eponymous plumber himself might be a little late to the shindig– or, at least, his fanciest incarnation will be.
It was revealed some time back that a limited “Gold Edition” Mario amiibo— a part of the new Super Mario line of Nintendo’s NFC-compatible figures– would be available exclusively at Walmart with the game’s launch in the United States. However, no mention was ever made of a Canadian release– at least, until now.
A Nintendo of Canada press release for the game also reveals that the 24 karat Koopa cruncher will arrive north of the border, but there is a bit of a delay to be had. While the U.S. gets the figure exclusively at Walmart in the coming days, Canada will see the figure a few weeks later on April 10th at a price of $15.99. On the plus side, there is no mention of any retailer exclusivity, so it would seem that any retailer who carries amiibo figures (save Target, obviously) may be fair game. I’ll keep you posted if anything says different.
The Gold Edition Mario amiibo should be functionally the same as the regular Super Mario Mario amiibo, which will start off as an exclusive part of a Mario Party 10 bundle at launch at a price of $69.99. That figure is also functionally the same as the Super Smash Bros. Mario amiibo, meaning you can use it in several different titles to unlock various goodies, play the amiibo Party mode of Mario Party 10, or train it to fight in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
However, while unlockables such as the race suits in Mario Kart 8 don’t require any data to be stored, functions in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10 do, and you can only have one game’s data stored on the figure at a time– hence why more than one Mario amiibo might come in handy. A full list of Mario Party 10-compatible amiibo figures from both lines can be found here.