Counterfeit Amiibo figures have been spotted on sale in Brazil. At first glance it could seem like a bargain to pick up one of these characters but not only are the fakes a lower quality compared to Nintendo’s official Amiibo’s but the knock offs also don’t include the all important NFC chip.
Without the NFC chip, the figures are just that, a figure. They can not be used with any Amiibo supporting game or Nintendo devices.
One of the easy to spot giveaways is the box itself which is totally different to the official packaging and has Chinese text on the front which would be fine if you imported them but in these cases it is a sure sign it isn’t legit.
So far, Mario, Samus from Metroid, Link from Zelda and Pikachu from Pokemon have been spotted and all have their own subtle hints that they aren’t the real thing.
Link for example has way less detail in his facial features that the original while Pikachu’s arms are fused to his body in the fake.
Nintendo Amiibo’s are available from the likes of Amazon and range in price depending on their availability and rarity.
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