For the most avid and dedicated Amiibo and Skylanders collectors, things have now gotten a bit more complicated. It was revealed during E3 that the upcoming Skylanders SuperChargers would feature two figures exclusive to Nintendo platform versions of the game, and that these figures would also function as Amiibo for Bowser and Donkey Kong by twisting their bases. However, for those hoping to get every Amiibo figure, including variants, the Dark Edition of SuperChargers could prove problematic, as buying starter packs for different versions of the game is currently the only announced way to get both the normal and Dark versions of the Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser figures. For those interested in the Skylanders side of the figures, the situation is even worse, as there is another figure exclusive to the Xbox and Playstation Dark Edition starter packs.
The Dark Edition Starter Packs for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One will include Dark Spitfire, Dark Hotstreak, Dark Super Shot Stealth Elf, and Dark Sea Shadow figures and vehicles, as well as a Kaos Trophy. The Dark Edition Starter Pack for the Wii U version includes the Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong figure and Dark Barrel Blaster vehicle in place of Dark Super Shot Stealth Elf and the Dark Sea Shadow, and the Wii version instead includes Dark Hammer Slam Bowser and his Dark Clown Cruiser.
All of this advanced darkness is in addition to the standard edition starter packs that come with the normal versions of Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser for the Wii U and Wii or 3DS version bundles, respectively. For those of you keeping score at home, this means that, in order to get every one of these Amiibo/Skylanders hybrid figures, you will need to purchase four different starter packs. If you’re instead collecting Skylanders, you’ll also need the standard and Dark Edition starter packs for either the Xbox or Playstation versions of the game, coming up to a grand total of six different starter packs.
The 3DS starter pack costs $64.99, with the standard starter packs of all console versions running for $74.99 and the Dark Edition starter packs costing $99.99 each. All told, to get every exclusive figure involved, you’d end up paying about $515 with the cheapest combination of six starter packs. Although you could shave off $175 if you’re only after the Amiibo figures, you’d still be paying $340 for every starter pack you’d need.
Needless to say, this is a lot of trouble and money to go through for these figures, and it’s certainly farther than I’d be willing to go. What about you? Has the situation gotten out of hand? Let us know what you think in the comments below!