E3 saw the announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, a remake of the classic Game Boy game, as well as an awesome pair of amiibo that can be used with the game. Now Nintendo is starting to share new details regarding how the two products will work together. It turns out that the Metroid Amiibo, just one of the two amiibo included in the pack, will feature an exclusive difficulty mode for Metroid: Samus Returns.
According to Nintendo, the Metroid Amiibo will unlock a game mode going by the title of Fusion Mode. In the new game mode, Samus will be featured in her Fusion suit, likely implying she will be limited solely to the suit. Limited to just the Fusion suit, the Fusion Mode will offer a new level of difficulty for players. Fusion Mode will only be available after the player has completed Metroid: Samus Returns, and only to amiibo owners.
Other amiibo functionality was also announced for Metroid: Samus Returns, as well. The Samus Amiibo that comes bundled with the Metroid Amiibo will unlock an exclusive Metroid 2 art gallery in-game, as well as an Aeion reserve tank. The armored Samus Smash Bros. amiibo features a concept art gallery and a missile reserve tank. The Zero Suit Samus Smash Bros. amiibo includes a “Sound Test” and an energy reserve tank. All of the major amiibo features are only accessible after beating the game, likely due to spoiler material. Plus, all of the content is amiibo exclusive.
Nintendo’s announcement has already stirred some controversy within the community, due to the substance of the exclusive content. Nintendo games have historically included features like art galleries, concept art, sound tests, and difficulty levels as normal unlocks within each game. Removing those features to instead feature them as premium DLC included with an amiibo is not a welcome change for many players. The exclusive difficulty mode in particular is an unsettling decision for many Nintendo fans.
With just a month and a half until Metroid: Samus Returns officially launches, it’s unlikely that Nintendo could change its mind, nor that Nintendo would even be interested in changing its mind in the first place. The company has made a dramatic shift towards premium DLC and exclusive content with the Switch console. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a prime example, and fans are absolutely devouring its amiibo-exclusive content, which includes unique weapons, armor, and other items. Expect Nintendo to only lean harder into amiibo DLC plans.
Metroid: Samus Returns is planned to launch exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS starting September 15. The Metroid and Samus duo amiibo pack currently has no official release date.