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Some of the Super Smash Bros. amiibo are getting a restock in parts of Europe right now, and eagle-eyed fans have noticed something a little different about them. While the figures themselves remain identical to earlier iterations, the packaging has undergone a minor adjustment. Whereas in the past, the back of the amiibo package typically advertised the Switch, 3DS, and/or Wii U as compatible systems, the new design omits the mention of hardware entirely.

New (left) vs. old (right)
New (left) vs. old (right)

This info comes from a user over on Famiboards.com named Ajimi who works at a video game retail store in France. Ajimi shared a comparison photo of the new packaging next to the old packaging, which you can see above.

Speculation has now begun that this move was made because Nintendo may be planning to phase out the Switch in favor of a new console, and want to make sure the amiibo packaging stays evergreen. That could be the case, or this could simply be a matter of simplifying the design for marketing purposes. It also remains to be seen if this change will carry over to amiibo released in other regions. We’ll have to wait and see!

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kuribo

I’d say it’s more that Wii U and 3DS are end of life and changing the packaging to generic.

kuribo

10M ago

I’d say it’s more that Wii U and 3DS are end of life and changing the packaging to generic.