I have to rant this Saturday morning against Nintendo and Metroid: Samus Returns. I love Amiibo, how they look, their small price point. However, I HATE the fact that most of the time it’s sold out before even coming out and that we can’t buy it at the store.
This time it’s even worst with the new (well a remake of Metroid 2) Metroid: Samus Returns. They made the Amiibo necessary to unlock Fusion mode (which is a higher difficulty mode) and the Fusion suit. I’m okay with Amiibo unlocking cosmetic stuff, but a new difficulty mode and a new suit (which is probably powerful)? Yeah no, that’s not a good idea especially since we won’t even be able to buy the damn thing.
Here’s what each Amiibo will unlock in Metroid: Samus Returns:
Samus Aran (Metroid series)
– Enables usage of the Aeon Reserve Tank; when the Aeon gauge is empty, the Aeon Reserve Tank will be consumed to refill it by a certain amount
– After beating the game, unlock Metroid II art at the art gallery for Metroid II: Return of Samus
Metroid (Metroid series)
– Place a “Metroid Marker” that tells you the location of the closest Metroid on the map
– After finishing the game once, when starting a new game, you can access the “Fusion” difficulty mode; more difficult, and can play with the Fusion Suit
Samus (Smash Bros. series)
– Enables usage of Missile Reserve Tank; when the player runs out of missiles, the tank will be consumed to replenish missiles by a certain amount
– After clearing the game once, unlock access to concept art; view concept art in the Gallery menu.
Zero Suit Samus (Smash Bros. series)
– Get an “Energy Reserve Tank”; when you lose all energy while playing, it will be automatically consumed to refill health by a certain amount
– Beat the game once to unlock Sound Test mode; listen to music
There’s a lot of content hidden behind the Amiibo paywall this time around. Stuff that used to be included by default in videogames like Galleries and Sound Test modes. Like I said earlier though, Fusion mode shouldn’t be Amiibo exclusive though, especially in a Metroid game. There’s a lot of hardcore gamers playing and speedrunning the Metroid series and they will want to do Fusion mode, but won’t be able to because it’s not in stock…
That’s it for the rant, I hope that Nintendo will at least try to fix the stock thing before the game comes out on the 15th of September 2017.