A few days back, we got our first look at what amiibo will do in the upcoming 3DS shooter Metroid: Samus Returns. This included receiving a Fusion Suit and a Fusion difficulty mode that can be unlocked by using the upcoming Metroid amiibo. Today, thanks to a report by Eurogamer, we now have official confirmation that these features are only available by using this amiibo and will not be unlockable by any other means according to a Nintendo representative.

“this unlockable content is only unlocked using amiibo”.

While amiibo fans everywhere will probably not be affected by this decision, non-collectors are feeling burned as seen in the comments in a NeoGAF thread on the subject.

What do you think? Is locking these features behind an amiibo paywall acceptable? Let us know your thoughts below. While we wait for the game to release, you can find a full breakdown of what each amiibo does in Metroid Samus: Returns here.

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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. Ricky says:

    This is why I stopped with Amiibo. I can’t justify spending $15.00 to unlock an outfit. It should be unlockable without an amiibo.

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  2. Jason Williams says:

    I can bet with in 2 to 3 days after released there will be a Amiibo Card made for them so those who can not affored the Amiibo can still get the items

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  3. I tend to reserve my judgement on amiibo support until after it’s come out. Nintendo is notoriously vague about describing amiibo support. Some people aren’t happy about the Fusion difficulty mode, but considering the functions of amiibo in the game, it may be designed to force you to use the metroid tracker and axillary resources the same way the Cave of Shadows encouraged using the Wolf Link and Zelda amiibo to heal.

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