The official Japanse website for Metroid: Samus Returns has just popped up and what a beauty it is. Of course, not being Japanese ourselves, we have a hard time knowing what is being said here. Thankfully Japanese Nintendo are at hand with a translation which explains what the Metroid amiibo do within the game:
Samus Aran (Metroid Series)
- Elon Reserve Tank (special ability recovery)
- Metroid II Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)
Metroid (Metroid Series)
- Metroid Marker (tells you location of nearest Metroid)
- FUSION Difficulty Mode (unlocked after beating game)
Samus Aran (Super Smash Bros. Series)
- Missile Reserve Tank (missile recovery)
- Concept Art Gallery (unlocked after beating game)
Zero Suit Samus (Super Smash Bros. Series)
- Energy Reserve Tank (energy recovery)
- Sound Test (unlocked after beating game)
Let's face it we we always going to buy the latest two Metroid amiibo anyway because they are just so nice, but at least now we know what they will do within the game.
Let us know what you think about these revelations with a comment below.
[source japanesenintendo.com, via nintendo.co.jp]
They are beautiful !
Read it as Metroid Maker :/
@Expa0 i did too haha
To be honest the things they unlock aren't really interesting for me, they were expected. Still, I'm getting them regardless, the franchise needs support and they look awesome.
@roro26 same here.
Functionality of amiibo has become a moot point for me. I just like the figurines.
That said, it is nice when my existing figures work in newly released games, though. I really do hate that the Smash Samus and the new one function differently. It's stupid to expect people to buy more than one figurine of the same character. That defeats the whole purpose of these things to begin with.
Maybe I'm having trouble understanding the wording, but do things like the sound test and alternate difficulty mode unlock anyway when you beat the main story? Are the amiibo just a way of getting them faster? That would make more sense. Otherwise it's stupid paid on-cartridge DLC. And seeing how rare the older amiibo are, these modes and extras would be impossible to obtain for many people.
This is one time where I think (some of) the content shouldn't require an amiibo to unlock. I mean, hard mode? Shouldn't that unlock without the amiibo?
Or maybe I'm misinterpreting what's here, and it means that you can unlock hard mode by using the amiibo, OR by beating the game (not doing both).
It's a bit moot for me personally, as I want to buy the amiibo, anyway. But I hope the hard mode unlocks without it.
I hope you can play in the Fusion Suit in Fusion Difficulty Mode
Remember when all this stuff was included in the actual game and you could unlock it?
Good old times.
You have to buy an expensive figurine to unlock the hard mode, really?
I'm really disappointed... :/
@Snow-Dust You actually can!
@Mopati @AXM Judging by how it's worded, I think those modes and such are available to everyone once you beat the game. The amiibo just unlock them immediately.
@thesilverbrick From what I read on other sites, you have to have the amiibo AND finish the game...
@Mopati We'll that's just plain awful. I mean, I already own the two Smash amiibo and I have the new ones preordered, so I will have access, but for those who don't want to collect toys, that sucks.
Like other people, I'm also hoping that things like the sound test and hard mode can be unlocked in the game itself. While I would like to get the amiibo, they are still a lot of extra money, which makes it kind of unfair otherwise. Well, we'll see!
@GloverMist doesn't it say it can be unlocked also by finishing the game?
And to say the 2D serie was particulary good at this...
"Finish the game under x hours and/or with x% item, and you can unlock a lot of stuff!"
I hope they'll keep doing that even tought there's no much to unlock now with these amiibo reward (aka physical paywall).
Maybe the original game like in Zero Mission?
Glad there's nothing here that beating the game can't unlock, and far be it from me to use amiibo to make the game easier. I have the amiibo preordered, but mostly for collecting purposes.
"unlocked after beating game"
Oh, okay, no problem in not getting the amiibos then.
@Kayfios Errr.....the Japanses site actually says that the content is unlocked by scanning the amiibo AFTER you beat the game. These things are amiibo exclusive.
And I like it! Make amiibo have more usage Nintendo! Can't wait to see what the Princess Daisy amiibo does in Super Mario Odyssey!
Seems to me like the Metroid amiibo is the only one really worth getting, purely for the extra difficulty mode.
Also, I personally don't like the idea of having to buy two different amiibo of the same character in order to unlock anything... having different recovery abilities is fine, and the Metroid series amiibo could do with a bit of a boost in that respect to make it more appealing, but I think the unlockables should be the same.
@memoryman3 You sure? I thought it meant you can unlock the bonuses by beating the game, or unlock them sooner by tapping the amiibo.
@faint Yes, I couldn't tell if it meant "you can also unlock this by beating the game" or "you have to beat the game and buy the amiibo to unlock it". I'm sure it's a little blurred in translation!
@Mopati If the original was included like in Zero Mission, there'd be no reason to have a download code for Return of Samus in the Legacy Edition.
So, no, you have to pay for that, too.
@Savino Well, for the 20$, at least you can actually buy it easily instead of searching it for a long time just to have the chance to buy it...
At least, for Botw, I can forgive them. For an open world game like this, this need a lot of work, and there's more content than just more difficult ennemies.
Feels more like an extension.
@FierceRagnar @Kayfios @Gridatttack @faint @GloverMist
No you have to finish the game AND buy the amiibo to unlock these.
It's a translation error. The original text says that you really have to finish the game AND THEN scan the amiibo to unlock these bonuses.
I'm REALLY disappointed now...
So they unlock cheats.. pretty much. Remember when you just had to input buttons to activate a cheat? Not pay for them? lol...
Are the amiibo out yet, or the scalpers got them all already? People should seriously stop supporting scalpers.
@Snow-Dust It says so elsewhere.
@Mopati well, that sucks then.
But w/e, I'll unlock them via other means :>
@Mopati Ohhh nooo. That's not what I wanted at all...
Officially their sold out in my favourite game store in Netherlands. Unofficially you can pre order them by going to the store with a store related card for discounts , but only one per card to limit those scalpers
I like how the game supports the smash bros. Samus amiibo too.
Concept art isn't all that much of a deal, but when you go locking sound tests been in games forever for free....then locking a difficulty not only behind DLC sorta ways, but by limited made figures that are over 10 bucks just to extend gameplay that's been a free unlockable in games before...it's just what?
While controversial, these amiibo at least unlock some really nice stuff.
Interesting that they used the word FUSION to describe the hard mode hmm...
Proofread before posting articles. Typo in last paragraph...
Elon? What the what?
Nice to see in-game they're just small aids to lighten your load rather than game content.
While I like idea of new different features post game, those used to be things anniversary and other such titles used to have built in.
Slick new amiibo though
I wonder about the Metroid Marker. Does it include what TYPE of Metroid is near and if its close to evolving? Because I don't want to go running in expecting to fight an Alpha Metroid and then I wind up seeing it evolve into a Gamma Metroid instead.
I'm glad that the older amiibo have functionality. So glad Nintendo is sticking to their guns on keeping existing amiibo relevant. I'll snag this when I can find it in a store (missed the preorder)
@sp_initiate-001 The type of Metroid isn't incredibly relevant, seeing as you need to defeat them all to finish the game, anyway.
Looks like this'll be my first game that I actually create amiibo cards for. I just bought 18 cards for BotW for $25, and now that I've read some tutorials I'm ready to take a crack at it. Just don't have room for plastic toys anymore.
It's good that the unlockables are also unlockable by playing the game. It means I don't have to open those amiibo when they arrive alongside the game when Nintendo ships my order.
@RedMageLanakyn: so instead you pirate them? ;P
There's some confusion here. If the galleries, difficulty and sound tests can be unlocked normally from completing the game (but earlier on with the amiibo), then that's cool. However, if amiibo are required as well as completing the game to unlock them, then that's annoying.
Locking difficulty settings behind a paywall is always frustrating. And sound tests and galleries are usually free in games (even if effort is needed to unlock them), so charging for these does seem greedy.
Sights! Locking hard mode with an amiibo. Not liking this Nintendo.
And I have the amiibo in question pre-order.
@Bustacap I don't really see how that could be construed as pirating, i'm not stealing the toys out of the stores, and they haven't really given out the DLC in other, easier ways. If nintendo offered NFC cards at a lower price I would buy them, but since they don't, and it hasn't been deemed illegal or blocked by firmware, I consider it fair game.
(Awaiting until a confirmed translation)
If the stuff they unlock can be obtained just be playing the game then thats good. That is what Amiibos should be; figures that unlock stuff earlier or little extras that make the game easier.
If the amiibos are required then thats just sad. I have both preordered as I want them but this stinks. Not only is content in the game being locked behind an item that can be notoriously hard to get, but there's no way they are worth £11-£15 (in particular those that aren't interested in the figures themselves).
Nintendo need to either think more about what amiibo unlocks or offer alternative methods. Maybe 6-12 months after the game's release offer the unlockables as DLC at a reduced price.
They should unlock the original game
I just want them cause they look super dooper cool! If I have to choose one though it's gonna be Samus, looks so much better than the smash samus
@thesilverbrick Actually, it is very relevant. The difference between fighting an Alpha and a Gamma is how many missiles you have. (Just incase you didn't know, Alpha's take less missiles to kill than a Gamma does.) And I get the feeling they'll change where and when you encounter the Metroids such as adding a new area to explore, as is the usual case of remakes so knowledge of the old game's layout might not be as helpful as it once was. Knowing what Metroid type is where can help the player avoid the more dangerous fights until they're either better equipped with more health and missile upgrades or they are fully healed and reloaded.
Didn't bother ordering the Samus when it went up because I already have the Smash one and thought they'd do the same thing. But to be honest, it doesn't look like I'm missing much. I'll get it if I see it cheap somewhere one day.
@RedMageLanakyn youre pirating the code on the amiibos, thats still illegal
@jimi Whilst it does say that (through Google Translate) it doesn't say its the only way. Not mentioning an alternative doesn't mean its exclusive to the amiibo method; although they'd do this to drove amiibo sales even though history shows they hardly need to offer such functions to push sales.
Not that it matters as I have both on order and own the other two as I wanted affordable Metroid figures.
The game seems challenging enough as is, to be frank. So only a few would want to put themselves through ''masochist'' mode. Besides, all difficulty changes in Metroid games have just been damage taken and enemy defense, hardly things that drastically change the game. The only differences were Zero Mission halving the effects of pickups, and Other M eliminating them altogether.
@sp_initiate-001 I realize that Alpha and Gamma Metroids are different enemies that vary in difficulty, but what I was trying to articulate (I guess I did so poorly; sorry) was that I believe what this Metroid Marker thing is trying to do is serve as a Metroid radar that helps locate Metroids to help you complete the game, sort of like if there was a radar that indicated how close you were to, say, energy tanks or missile expansions.
Indicating that a Metroid is nearby is enough of a hint in that case. Besides, in the original, you were given no warning or radar whatsoever for any kind of Metroid. The whole point was they could be of any variety and pop up anywhere, so at least in this case you're given a small hint that anything is nearby at all.
I just like the figurines and finally for Nintendo for putting Samus in a better pose. That one for SSB was weird looking which is why I never bought it. I under stand that the pose was based on the game pose but still. Samus looks like a badass in this form.
So tired of the "everything should be available to me despite the fact I'm not spending money on the bonus content". Oh and let's not forget the "remember the good ole days when..."
Ya. I remember. And those days have been long gone for decades. Why are you still talking about them like it was yesterday?
You buy the game, you get the game. You didn't even know you wanted this content until somebody told you other people were going to get it for the hard-earned cash they spent on their amiibo, which is supposed to come with additional content.
Amiibo are not just figures- people have got to get used to the idea that if you don't spend the extra money the rest of us spend, you're not going to have all the content we have. I know, life's tough.
@Bustacap I disagree, especially considering the code in question is already within the game itself, and the NFC tags simply say "yes" to the acquisition of in game items. Until they make NFC cards for me to buy, I'll do it myself. They could make a fortune selling them for say, $5 a pop.
@RedMageLanakyn and you didnt pay for that content. just because its somewhere in the games files doesnt mean youre allowed to use it
I love collecting amiibos. As figures at least. As DLC keys, not so much. It's fine and dandy to be locking concept art behind them but an extra difficulty mode? No, that's not kosher. The amiibo only allows access to to content that's already on the game card, it just unlocks it. Why should people have to pay £12.99 for a figure they might not want just to access content that they actually already physically own? The sooner Nintendo stop this bizzarre and unfair practice the better.
@Bustacap Oh well, I'll still sleep well at night. DLC locked behind $15 paywalls tells me Nintendo execs sleep well at night too.
@Expa0 SO DID I!! So much disappointment!! lol!
Btw, for the concept art, sound test and Fusion Difficulty unlocks, does anyone know if those are only unlocked after beating the game IF you scanned the amiibo? Or is the amiibo just a quick way to unlcok these features without beating the game?
@-DG I read that those can be unlocked after you beat the game .... So you don't need to have the amiibo unless you want to unlock them early
There should be one that makes metroid crawl.
@Pupito So what, because they have the right to do it, we should be happy with everything they do?
It doesn't work like that.
We have the right to not be happy about something like that.
I actually prefer when there's nothing more then when they taunt us with extra paying stuff they could have perfectly added in the game without any problem.
After all, I can do nasty things to people because I have the right to do it, and I can also taunt them after saying "Crying about it won't change anything".
@Ryu_Niiyama "m glad that the older amiibo have functionality. So glad Nintendo is sticking to their guns on keeping existing amiibo relevant. I'll snag this when I can find it in a store (missed the preorder)"
of course. We wouldn't want those ebay prices dropping this decade, would we?
Is there any reason we can't just scan someone else's Amiibos if we don't want to buy them?
Japanse...Pants from Japan?
@NEStalgia ??? would you rather they be useless hunks of plastic shortly after they are made? (I have invested several hundred dollars in them so I really, really appreciate the return on my investment.) They do need to reprint older ones (or lump all the functionality into new variants...for instance if the splatoon amiibo had splatoon 1 amiibo functionality as well. Just so those that didn't get the first printing don't have to threaten a scalper with a beat down.
Also supply and demand...if people aren't willing to pay 40 bucks for an amiibo then scalpers have to drop the prices...eventually. We do this to ourselves.
Providing the stuff is unlocked for everyone after beating the game, they basically do nothing. Good, saves me money on buying the same character again.
@Pupito They can decide what constitutes a complete game. We can disagree. What are you gonna do about it? You are defending the publisher's freedoms while ignoring ours.
The reason we remember the good old days is because we lived them. It was a mere decade ago. What are you, 12? And even if we hadn't, those games are still available to play. We will always know what our money used to buy and how it good it was not feeling ripped off without even having started the game.
@Pupito Oh, but I will buy it, no problem here.
It's just that I was sad that these kind of things we had to unlock in previous 2D Metroid games are now unlockable by paying...
What is left for us to unlock with a good run?
They removed something from the serie, and now, not only there is something less to unlock, but we have to pay for it, this time...
This is not a good sign, and I'm fearful about it.
@Pupito $12.99 is just one amiibo. You need multiple amiibo to take full advantage of the game. And that's on top of the $39,99 you already pay for the game. And that's the best case scenario-- there's shipping and the scalper's fee. Please, don't pretend you don't know the problems everyone points out every time.
I have a better idea than working an extra shift: not buying this game at all. I won't support greedy business tactics with my money. I have this novel habit of putting my money where my mouth is.
@Pupito according to gamexplain and the U.K site all the amiibo unlocks are locked behind amiibo. You beat the game THEN scan the amiibo to get it, so yeah, wishing I'd ordered the hard mode unlock DLC.
Oh boy, a 15$ difficulty setting, great.
Can I just say how awful it is that you need to buy an amiibo to play a game on a harder difficulty?
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