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That leaked Gold Mario amiibo looks like it's a Walmart exclusive

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo fans looking to snatch up the company's sometimes hard to find amiibo toys might want to keep an eye out at their local Walmart if they want that Gold Mario. A photo of a Walmart display indicates that the variant Mario amiibo will be exclusive to the big-box retailer.

Reddit user "pituvision" posted a photo of a poster that says the gold edition Mario amiibo will be available "only at Walmart." That's not much of a surprise, since Nintendo already has a handful of retailer-exclusive amiibo: Shulk (GameStop), Rosalina and Luma (Target), Lucario (Toys R Us) and Meta Knight (Best Buy).

We've reached out to Nintendo to confirm the toy's Walmart exclusivity.

Earlier this month, the gold and silver edition Mario amiibo were uncovered on Nintendo's website. The company did not respond to requests for comment or details on the variant figures.

Nintendo's amiibo toys were launched last year alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The "toys-to-life" figurines utilize the Wii U's built-in NFC technology to transmit data between games and amiibo. Some of those toys, mainly less popular characters like Marth, Wii Fit Trainer and the Animal Crossing Villager, have been available in short supply.

A new batch of amiibo will ship alongside Mario Party 10 for Wii U. At least one of those new figures, Toad, appears to be already hard to find.

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