The Black Amiibo Friday Survival Guide | Nintendo Wire

It’s that time again, amiibo fans. Another amiibo wave is upon us and this one could prove to be the most challenging yet. With online pre-orders for exclusives selling out in minutes and a new pair of unicorn level Fire Emblem amiibo releasing, you may be thinking: How can I ever acquire all the amiibo I want? Follow our guide and you, too, can survive Black Amiibo Friday.



Remember folks, amiibo hunting is serious business, and if you expect to survive Black Amiibo Friday, you need to plan carefully. Get yourself a survival pack and load it up with essentials that will keep you sane during your several hour-long wait.

  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Water
  • Food
  • Headphones
  • Cell phone


Planning and execution 

If you’re like us, you’re hunting for amiibo at several locations. Get to know when stores open and how many of each amiibo they will have in advance.

Walmart Black

Open: Most locations open at 7 a.m. Some stores are open 24 hours and allow you to purchase amiibo at midnight.

Exclusives: There are no Wave 4 exclusives for Walmart.

Stock: It is unknown what locations will receive which amiibo. Several stores have accidentally put their stock out early and only appear to have Pac-Man and Charizard in stock. No word on how many of each figure will be available.

Limit: Walmart has not set an official limit on amiibo purchases at this time.

Target Black

Open: Target locations will open at 8 a.m.

Exclusives: Jigglypuff is an exclusive to Target stores.

Stock: Target should receive a number of each figure. Estimated stocks are listed below.

Limit: Target is limiting the sale of each figure to two per customer.


Open: Toys ‘R’ Us locations open at 10 a.m.

Exclusives: Greninja is a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive.

Stock: Toys ‘R’ Us will receive an allotment of all figures, including Silver Mario, at some locations. Estimated stocks are listed below.

Limit: Toys ‘R’ Us generally limits one of each amiibo per customer.

GameStop Black

Open: GameStop locations open at 10 a.m.

Exclusives: Ness is a GameStop exclusive.

Stock: GameStop is receiving a limited supply of each Wave 4 amiibo figure, including Ness and Silver Mario. Estimated stock levels are listed below.

Limit: GameStop generally has a one figure per customer policy.

BestBuy Black

Open: Best Buy locations open at 10 a.m.

Exclusives: Meta Knight is a Best Buy exclusive.

Stock: Best Buy is confirmed to have a small allotment of each Wave 4 amiibo and is rumored to have a supply of Meta Knight. Estimated stock levels are listed below.

Limit: Best Buy generally has a one figure per customer policy.

Estimated stock numbers



You did it! Another wave has come and gone, and you survived it. Now is the time to bask in the spoils of your hard work. Congratulations!

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Important note

We will be keeping this chart updated as new information comes until Black Amiibo Friday hits. So check back often to stay as up-to-date as possible!

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Written by Jason Ganos

Nintendo super fan since birth, Jason is the creator of Amiibo News and editor-in-chief at Nintendo Wire. One of his life goals is to provide the latest Nintendo news to fellow gamers with his natural know-how.


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  1. says:

    Nice post!

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  2. The Most Unfunny says:

    This is awesome! Thank you guys for all the updates and work you do! 🙂

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  3. boldboulder says:

    Does this mean its a bust to try TRU for a Lucina?

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  4. MorningxGlor95 says:

    Good Job

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  5. Paradigm says:

    TRU estimates, based on a mid volume store where I work:

    Greninja: 30-40
    Pac Man: 20-30
    Lucina, Robin, Marth restock: 4-6
    Charizard: 8-12
    Silver Mario: 16-20
    Wario: 8-12
    Inkling singles: 8-12
    Inkling 3pk: 12-16

    Preorders of Greninja and Pac-Man count toward the 1 per char per customer limit.

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  6. MetaK5000 says:

    You forgot everything about Canada >:E

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  7. Lidia2792 says:

    How early should one show up. Especially for a store exclusive. Walmart here opens at 7am, and since I’m in Canada they get Jiggly (Target went out of business here in February)

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    • jpic89 says:

      As early as you are possibly willing. The exclusives are usually better stocked than regular ones, as shown above, so you should be fine showing up within a couple hours of opening. But go as early as you are willing to go to be safe, as it’s not guaranteed. When Greninja store preorders happened, we hit the twenty person limit with 2 hours left until the store opened.

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  8. Yodamaster1212 says:

    Lol, I’m legit scared about this. The ONLY one of these I wanted was Robin, now I’m having doubts about that………

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  9. Yodamaster1212 says:

    So what time should I even be in line at? I was going to go to Target around 7 and Toys R Us IMMEDIATELY after checkout…… I’m SERIOUSLY looking for Robin and Lucina. Anyone think I should go earlier????

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  10. Samuel Springle Jr says:

    I thought TRU closed all of its operations down due to bankrupcy…?

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