The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD has an improved fast travel system but is locked behind an additional purchase: An Amiibo.
New announcement Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Amiibo has drawn the ire of fans because it is essential to accessing one of the most requested additions to the game: Fast travel enhancements.
This upgrade to 2011 Legend of Zelda the title locked behind an additional $24.99 purchase left some fans disappointed. Many praised Amiibo’s sculptural art itself but believed that Amiibo’s unlocking should have been an update built into the HD remake. “Ooh, really not a fan of that,” wrote Reddit user Aelfric Stormbringer in response to the Nintendo video. “That number looks good, but locks QoL [quality-of-life] the features behind it are pretty bad.” TetrasSword user concurred, “Amiibos should be used for extra pleasure, not quality of life.”
Nintendo posted a video featuring the Amiibo and its features on May 19. The Amiibo figure itself will display Sky Sword Princess Zelda’s interpretation with her blue Loftwing, the bird-like companions of the people of Zelda’s home, Skyloft. Players will be able to scan Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo to quickly travel between the surface and Skyloft, the game’s sky-based hub world, whenever they want, even from dungeons and shops.
In the original game, players must track down a bird statue that doubles as a save point to return to Skyloft; they can then return to the surface through a gap in the cloud, which can be reached by summoning their Loftwing. Amiibo is meant to remove a large segment of iterative reverse tracking, a problem that many critics face Sky Sword when it was first released.
This figurine will be priced at $24.99 and is slated for release alongside the upcoming Nintendo Switch HD remake. Legend of Zelda: Sword of Skyward on July 16. Amiibo is available for pre-order at some major retailers but, at the time of writing, has mostly sold out.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be a remaster of the 2011 Nintendo Wii entry into Zelda series for Nintendo Switch. The release will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original game, as well as the 35th anniversary Legend of Zelda franchise. Nintendo is sharing the remastered box art with fans, showing the return of Hero of Time Link alongside his partner Fi and arch nemesis Ghirahim.
Developed and published by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD launched on July 16 for Nintendo Switch.
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