Nintendo has locked The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD major upgrade behind its Loftwing amiibo figure. The company revealed a new amiibo figurine this week, which will be compatible with the upcoming Skyward Sword remaster. However, fans have criticized its functionality, with it set to exclusively provide access to features that escalate issues many people had with the original game.
Skyward Sword HD and Loftwing amiibo controversy explained
Amiibo Loftwing will allow players to “travel between the surface and the sky” in Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo has revealed. In the trailer outlining the new figurine, Nintendo explains how in the base game, players can go from land to sky by venturing to specific locations in the game. However, with the addition of Loftwing’s amiibo, players can glide into the sky from anywhere on the surface.
As shown in the trailer, players can select the “Use amiibo” option to jump into Link’s Loftwing from anywhere in the world:
This resolves an issue that many players had with the original game, as they had to venture to a specific location to jump back into Loftwing. Given that Nintendo has resolved this issue, fans are criticizing the company for only making this change work with amiibo, which will be sold separately.
Fans called Nintendo’s move “anti-consumer,” criticizing its decision to lock key changes behind additional purchases when it had to be a standard upgrade brought to the game:
Usually I’m a great Nintendo guy, but I have to call it as I see it
This is a $60 gaming port, with great features that enhance the game… locked behind buying a figure
Seems pretty anti-consumer when this should be a standard upgrade https://t.co/B6zkjk3Xqo
– Saltydkdan (@saltydkdan) May 19, 2021
Others noted how companies like Capcom have been criticized in the past for locking content on retail discs, and that Nintendo should hold to the same standards given these upgrades being locked behind a “piece of plastic”:
You were all in a commotion when Capcom shipped DLC characters to retail discs. But here’s Nintendo giving a HUGE upgrade to Skyward Sword under the damn plastic. Don’t let Nintendo do this! pic.twitter.com/fM3iipAltH
— Stop the Skeletons From Fighting | (@stopskeletons) May 19, 2021
Nintendo has been criticized for other perceived anti-consumer practices in recent months, such as making Super Mario 3D All-Stars a limited-time purchase, and stock shortages for the amiibo, NES Mini, and SNES Mini consoles that inevitably led to it taking advantage of broker. However, despite disapproval from its community, the company has always stood behind some of its more controversial decisions, so it’s likely that Loftwing’s amiibo won’t be changed before release.
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