Earlier today, after pre-orders for wave 4 of Smash Brothers and Splatoon amiibo began at most stores in the US, many stores across the country (including GameStop, Target, and Best Buy) began having severe server issues because of the demand for the figures. Especially for chains that had exclusive figures such as Ness(GameStop) and Jigglypuff(Target).
After GameStop’s complete site crash, they released this statement:
Due to very strong demand for the newest wave of Nintendo’s amiibo figures, GameStop is experiencing some technical issues with our website.
At this time, we are accepting pre-orders of amiibo in stores only while we resolve these issues.
After pre-orders began, people on Twitter started talking about the massive server issues which caused most customers to wait at least 90 minutes for their pre-order to go through, if at all. In fact, I went to pre-order a Ness amiibo, and it took me over 2 hours to finally get my pre-order. Later in the day, reports also started coming in of Target’s website having issues after their exclusive Jigglypuff amiibo went on sale on their website.
Amazingly, wave 4 amiibo still ended up selling well, with GameStop selling out of all of their Wave 4 amiibo within 2 hours, and Target selling all of their Jigglypuff amiibo by noon CST. To understand how crazy that is, that is less than a minute from when it was announced on social media.
The amiibo craze isn’t done yet, as Toys R Us is taking pre-orders for their exclusive Greninja amiibo starting tomorrow. Let’s hope they don’t end up with the same fate as Target and GameStop.
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