© Nintendo Life All of it started with the trading cards. Why does it always begin with trading cards? A small modification: I did in fact purchase another Animal Crossing thing, apart from that little plastic chachki. Till recently, practically the only modern merchandise for the series Nintendo ever released state-side were four series of amiibo cards, each card including a different animal from the game’s history. The timing of their release(2015) was definitely off. In spite of having tiny chips inside
that let you scan them into games, they sure as heck didn’t do much back then. Piles of these things were actually spilling out on aisles not long after their release. My local shops might hardly offer them away, slashing their costs down to pennies on the dollar. Yeah, sure, I indulged. I ultimately purchased adequate discounted packs that I almost completed the whole dang collection prior to even I offered up on them. When Nintendo revealed 5 entire years later that these random cards were literally the only ways for inviting the animals
into your video game, these discarded notepads quickly ended up being eBay gold; so much so that people who had run out my life for years were cold messaging me asking to obtain random animals. For all my pointless hobbying, I had actually become a god amongst mortals … other than for the fact that I was missing possibly fifteen or twenty cards still. © Alan Lopez I’m not exactly happy with this, but I invested the very first few weeks of my quarantine trading replicate cards in the mail, over Reddit. Ultimately, even trading ended up being too expensive. (“You desire HOW lots of cards for Pietro ?!” was a genuine thing I told somebody.) After looking into reliable sellers online, I purchased:
- POMPOM # 373 – $2.95
- ANCHOVY # 219 – $1.55
- PIETRO # 356 – $35
But then, another wrinkle: I purchased official card binders for the first three series super low-cost, back on release, yet I never found the Series 4 binder. No problem, I discovered it on eBay for a not-exactly-cheap $51, after shipping. I was so near to ending up the set, so why not?
This whole trip eventually left me requiring only four cards, sadly some of the most popular animals which I wasn’t lucky enough to arbitrarily get in packs years back. For the benefit of snagging Rosie, Lucky, Wendell, and Ribbot, I haggled down an online seller to a simple $86.10. My Animal Crossing collection, lastly, was complete …
. Except no, it wasn’t, actually. Since then came an official Animal Crossing “companion book”, an encyclopaedia of in-game minutiae that today is re-selling for outrageous prices well north of $100, however which I had the ability to pre-order on release. I only paid $24.40, an outright steal! (I also put a pack of Animal Crossing stickers in my cart, however that was just $5).