Here's a picture of my Amiibo collection:
What do these figures add to games? It depends on the figure and which game you are using. Certain figures are more useful than others unlocking more features that other figures can't. It is a physical add-on that seems to aim for quantity over quality. Lots of very small features in different games that add up to an underwhelming value.
Now, cut to the Amiiqo. Nope, that isn't a typo, it is a new product that can store up to 200 characters in a single NFC disk. The official line of the producer seems to be that you can use the functionality of your Amiibo collection without messing them up or even taking them out of the package. All of this for just $55. Sweet deal! Especially if you want to get the Amiibo benefits without purchasing every figure. It would not be too difficult to obtain the information of numerous Amiibo without ever making a purchase meaning that this handy-dandy NFC puck is the piracy device for Amiibo.
I am very curious to see how Nintendo handles the situation. I don't now if it is possible to lock out these types of devices from consoles, but I know that they will if they can, at least that would be consistent with their reactions to previous piracy hardware. Nintendo could work on stocking more figures, which seems to be their current plan. Increasing supply on the "rare" and exclusive Amiibo would drive down resale prices hopefully assuaging the anger of consumers. The solution I hope for is that Nintendo works on creating and expanding Amiibo cards, like the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer set. I would much rather have some of these Amiibo in card form to combat the shelf over-stuffing that is currently happening in my apartment. I guess we'll wait and see.