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Min Min Amiibo lets you scan without opening the box

Preserve Min Min’s value by leaving her in the box while you scan it for Smash.

Nearly three years after the game’s release on Switch, Nintendo’s gradual building of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster has come to an end. Sora was revealed to be the final fighter for Smash Ultimate in what was a pretty spectacular reveal. Although there won’t be another Fighters Pass, and maybe not another Smash, there are still some gaps to fill. Especially for those of you who collect the amiibo that come with Smash Ultimate.

That collection got a little more complete this week when Nintendo released the Min Min amiibo. A figure that you can scan using the NFC contact point on your Joy-Con. Doing so will bring Min Min into the fight, and the amiibo is also compatible with other games. All very good news, but the best news of all for serious collectors is that it doesn’t look like Min Min needs to be taken out of her box to be scanned.

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As first highlighted by Wolf Link on Reddit, Min Min’s amiibo can be successfully scanned without the need to damage its precious packaging. This probably means that the foil that Nintendo used to include in amiibo boxes to prevent them from being scanned before opening has been removed. Nintendo Life has tested this with their own Min Min amiibo with equal success, so it’s likely that the foil was removed from the boxes of all Min Min amiibo.

As for when exactly Nintendo decided to make things easy for serious collectors, Twitter account amiibo News he seems to think that has been the case ever since the Kirby figure was re-released. So not much, but a trend that seems to go back beyond this week’s Min Min amiibo. We may not know if this is a permanent change until the release of the Minecraft Steve and Alex amiibo, which won’t be until later this year after their arrivals were delayed due to production issues.

As for Sora, not only has his amiibo release date not been announced since he was the last to join Smash, but there’s a chance he won’t get any amiibo at all. At least we will see him again in Kingdom Hearts 4.

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