[Update: Get this. One amiibo hunter is reporting that you can get $5 off any Wii U or 3DS gamenationwide if your store does not have Meta Knight in stock. Even if your store denies you, it doesn’t hurt to ask!]
Today, Best Buy has opened their doors across the country and welcomed amiibo hunters. Well, they’re only welcoming a select few of them of course, because stock is universally low for their exclusive Meta Knight amiibo.
As I’ve done with a few major amiibo launches, I made a stop at a few Best Buy locations today to gauge their stock at retail, and it seems about on par with the rest of the exclusive releases.
Some stores were handing out tickets, but many, including mine, were not. Confusion was abound, because at the first store I went to, someone in line stated that they were told that the location had “fourteen” on-hand. It turns out that there were actually five total figures that were available for non-preorders. In other words, nine were on hold. The second store had 10 total, with only five available on-hand. Other reports I’m getting from friends range from five to 10 maximum on-hand for non-pre-orders. If you live in a rural area, you may be able to still snag an extra figure slightly after opening.
If you’re familiar with the Lucario situation at Toys”R”Us, this is basically the same exact thing. At the first store, the line was roughly 20 people long — since I showed up near opening I did not get one, but thankfully I was able to get in on the first set of pre-orders, and my package is scheduled to arrive today.
I have not been able to verify whether or not Best Buy will trickle in stock over the coming weeks, or whether the figure is like Rosalina, where stock is outright not being replenished. A manager at the first store noted that they “should” be getting restock, but he wasn’t entirely positive. He also gave a quick tip out to consumers — call or check back on Wednesday and Friday mornings at your location, because that’s when new stock comes in.
So where can you get it in the meantime? You can try to check the product’s stock page throughout the weekend to see if any missed pre-orders spill over, or try to check your store for stock here. If you’re calling your store or going in person, use this SKU —1375009.
You can also find him at Amazon UK, Amazon.FR,andAmazon.DE, or check out our amiibo hunting guide for more ideas. Japanese sites are having a difficult time keeping him in stock.