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The rarest and most expensive amiibo figures, explained

At the time of writing, there are well over 200 kinds of amiibo figures. Almost all of them are out of stock, out of print, or extremely difficult to find. It’s easy to see why, too — even before the pandemic, Nintendo didn’t reprint many of their rare figurines. Now that the pandemic has hit, amiibo production has slowed down even further. As a result, it’s highly unlikely that any of these figures become available again. Which means their price tags are going to slowly increase over time. Many Super Smash Bros. amiibo are nearly unobtainable without shelling out hundreds of dollars, and we’ve got a complete list of them here!

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl – Full Review

Nowadays, it seems the Pokémon Company can’t get away with showing off any new video games without significant backlash and criticism from the Pokémon community. In some cases, this is justified — of course, you have scenarios like Sword & Shield’s infamous Pokédex cut and such. Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl were criticized for a different reason, though: its graphics. Rather than going with a fully-upscaled remake of Diamond & Pearl in a modern style, ILCA (the developers this time around) decided to remain “faithful” to the original games by sticking to a strange chibi style.

Though Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl absolutely looked rough in the first trailer, they’ve been cleaned up quite nicely for the final release. I’d go as far as to say that these are the best main series Pokémon games on Switch — but perhaps that’s just new toy syndrome speaking. Please note that this review is aimed at trainers who have played the original Diamond & Pearl and are on the fence about the remakes. For more information on how the region and Pokémon are designed, please check out our review of the original games!

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Metroid Dread – Full Review

Welcome to our Metroid Dread review! To start off, I’ve never been a fan of Metroidvania-style games. That’s not to say I dislike them — I just get lost very easily and more often than not I wind up wandering around for hours, completely stumped. By all means, I thought that would remain the case for Metroid Dread – and I was right – but I wound up very much enjoying this game nonetheless. Please note that this review is directed toward newcomers to the series; those of you who have played a Metroid game will absolutely love this one. We won’t be going over any spoilers, either, so no need to worry!

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The struggles of hosting a Battle Arena amiibo tournament

It goes without saying that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s amiibo metagame is one of the most unique competitive scenes of all time. On the surface, the idea of raising a fighter and sending it away to do battle is highly accessible — and indeed, for tournaments that allow file submission, you don’t even need to attend the actual tour to see your Figure Player’s results! Unfortunately, hosting and entering file submission competitions requires the use of amiibo Powersaves, and while they aren’t all that expensive, it’s an additional barrier to entry nonetheless. For the longest time, we had no choice but to host file submission tournaments — that is, until Nintendo added amiibo compatibility to online Battle Arenas. You would think the struggles of hosting amiibo tours would end there, but that isn’t the case: Battle Arenas are actually quite difficult to work with, and for a variety of reasons.

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OMORI – Guest Review

Editor’s note: this is a user-contributed review. Special thanks to Hazel Whitlock for writing this up! 

Characters in video games are just that, characters. Whenever I play an RPG, this always stays in my head, especially considering how even the most interesting characters will often just be flat personifications of a single personality trait or trope. However, OMORI was different for me. The events of the story felt like my own, and I had the feeling that I had known Kel, Aubrey, Hero, and Basil for my whole life. OMORI sucks you in, painting a disturbingly real picture of the ideal childhood that feels like one you remember, or at least one that you wish you had. It feels close to you and is executed in a way that only exponentiates the pain of having this ideal image ripped from you, and torn into a million shreds over and over and over. OMORI is a game that will send you through every emotion in the book in a few different ways, and it’ll certainly be an experience I never forget.

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