Yesterday, Nintendo announced a brand new Zelda & Loftwing amiibo for its upcoming release, Skyward Sword HD. It allows Link to now fast travel from the land to the sky (or vice versa) in any location, and even make a quick exit out of buildings and dungeons at any moment.

One major talking point seems to be the fact this figure is essentially locking off what could have potentially been a simple (and free) quality of life update to the existing but limited fast travel system within the game. So will players really have to fork out for Link's improved teleportation ability?

VICE and Waypoint reporter, Patrick Klepek, has reached out to Nintendo in search of a more definitive answer about whether or not "fast travel" would be accessible without an amiibo, and sadly got redirected to the same website featuring the new amiibo. Interpret this how you will, but it's not looking good for anyone who doesn't plan on picking up this new figure.

"I asked Nintendo if the fast travel in Skyward Sword HD that's ludicrously unlocked by purchasing an amiibo is at all accessible without an amiibo-- through a menu or other means--and Nintendo PR pointed me towards the website for the amiibo. So take that as you will."

Zelda & Loftwing amiibo

If this wasn't already enough, it's also been confirmed the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo (launching the same day as the game) will cost more than a regular amiibo - coming in at $24.99 USD (or your regional equivalent). Ouch!

Will you be forking out for Link's improved fast travel in Skyward Sword HD? How are you feeling about all of this? Leave a comment down below.