The Amiibo are a very curious thing. They came as a result to the “toys-to-life” initiative that Skylanders started. But unlike Skylanders, the Amiibo are used to not only bring characters into games, they can be used for multiple games to unlock certain bonuses. And because a lot of Nintendo fans want them, they usually sell out quickly, especially newer ones. And with each new Nintendo game comes the possibility of new Amiibo, such as the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns for Nintendo 3DS.
There are two new Amiibo being made for the game, and as a bonus, the earlier versions of Samus from the Smash Bros line (one in Varia armor and the other in Zero Suit form) also have unlocks in the game. However, this is where the trouble kicks in. Many are wondering if this is a bad thing. The Metroid Amiibo will actually unlock the “Fusion Difficulty Mode.” This mode will let you unlock the classic suit from Metroid: Fusion and up the difficulty of the game.
So, why does this matter? Well, many are noting that Hard Mode difficulty has been a part of previous Metroid games without restriction, whereas here that’s not the case. You have to get the Metroid Amiibo to get this feature, and that’s causing quite a stink for many.
Here’s my thoughts on the matter. Is this unlock meant to make this Amiibo a cash grab sorts? Yes, it is. But, if you ask the diehard Amiibo collectors, they were going to get this anyway, so the extra features weren’t needed for the purchase. But then, you also have to look at those who wouldn’t get the Amiibo, and so now they have to play a game that doesn’t have a Hard difficulty. They should have the option to choose whether to play the game on the difficulty they want.
But that doesn’t mean the game won’t be challenging, it just means they’ll have to play it on that one difficulty mode. And there’s nothing wrong with that, a lot of people don’t do harder difficulties. Maybe Nintendo knows that, and thus made the Amiibo that way to appeal to those who want it.
Metroid: Samus Returns arrives September 15th.