I’ve always been a fan of collecting things. “Gotta catch ’em all” is a phrase that’s been ingrained into my very being. Some of my collections over the years would include thimbles (I collected them as a child), Pokémon cards, plushies, and Pikachu merchandise. You can be an avid collector in video games too, for example: World of Warcraft pets, League of Legends skins, all 802 Pokémon. Many gamers tend to also be collectors, especially Nintendo fans. Looking to profit from this fact, Nintendo created Amiibos.
Amiibos are toys-to-life figurines made by Nintendo to use in their games. The figures can be used by placing them on the built-in NFC-Readers on the Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and New Nintendo 3DS consoles. Depending on the figure, they can do a variety of things such as providing in-game rewards, unlocking a character, or gain special abilities.
Alternatively, you can just keep them packaged and never use them. Which is what I do. It’s been a constant struggle for me to decide if I want to open them or keep them in their original container. I don’t plan on selling them, and I don’t use them. They are just there, taking up space in my house. And I don’t even have any space in my house for them. Currently my Amiibo collection is being kept safe in a box. The box cannot even contain all 91 Amiibo figures that I have collected so far. My bank account also cannot handle the cost of 91 Amiibo figures priced at $12.99 each.
When I first started collecting Amiibos I already knew that it was going to become a problem. I made a whole video on my YouTube channel about my addiction. I searched online and found many people like me suffered from Amiiboism (“official” term for the addiction of collecting Amiibo). What can you do to prevent or recover from this problem? Don’t start collecting them in the first place. If you have already started collecting them, even just one, you are already in too deep and there is no cure.
Do you or a loved one suffer from Amiiboism? Comment below to tell me about your experiences with Amiiboism or to share your thoughts on this post.