Skyward Sword HD Locks Fast Travel Behind An Amiibo

Skyward Sword HD Locks Fast Travel Behind An Amiibo
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This week Nintendo is bringing great news: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD now has a handy fast travel feature to streamline the journey between the land and the sky. It’s also bringing bad news: the feature requires the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo figure, sold separately for $34.95.

In the amiibo trailer revealed on Wednesday, Link is seen opening up a menu and using the amiibo to initiate fast travel into the sky from a random field.

This feature previously relied on the hero visiting specific locations to travel into the sky, and made players work for their chance to escape. Now, all it’ll take is the tap of an amiibo and you’ll be soaring high away from dungeons, fields and cities.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a huge deal. Fast travel from anywhere didn’t exist in the original game, and it was still a perfectly well-rounded game. But it does make the action a whole lot simpler and is a ‘quality of life’ feature that could make the game easier and more accessible for all players. If they’re willing to fork out for the accessory, that is.

When you’re already paying upwards of $70 for a copy of Skyward Swordit’s a bit of a bummer to see a major feature being hidden by a physical paywall — and a fairly expensive one, at that.

Given backlash to this decision, it could be this is tweaked or changed for the final release, but for now you’ll need the amiibo if you want to fast travel from anywhere in the game.

Where to buy the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo figure in Australia

If you really, really want to unlock fast travel in Skyward Sword HD you’ll need to fork out for the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo figure. It’s a pretty amiibo regardless of its functionality, and if you do want to pick it up there’s a few options.

Here’s every major retailer you can currently pre-order the amiibo from:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD releases alongside the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo on July 16.

Comments

  • I adore most things nintendo does but this is bad.

    Skyward sword has a fair few short cummings and one HUGE gripe I had with it was the unnecessary back tracking and re visiting of areas. The new fast travel feature would have done wonders to improve the gameplay. No way im paying 35 bucks for that privilege e or carrying an amiibo around simply to fast travel. ridiculous

  • Personally I don’t understand the outrage.

    This is akin to a permanent in-app purchase that makes things easier, but is not required at all to complete the game. Plus it’s tied to a collectable that may potentially increase in value over time.

    And anyway, for $10 you can buy a bunch of blank NFC tags, write the Amiibo you want to it with your cellphone and reap the benefits on multiple games.

    • That you then have to carry around to use the feature. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just have the feature in the game than having to carry around crap in my bag like a kid playing Skylanders.

    • 1) As far as in-app permanent upgrades go, this one is egregiously overpriced at $35.
      2) There’s scarcity – there’s a limited number of these physical items.
      3) It’s a massively inconvenient physical object that can be lost/damaged/needs to be carried around with you.
      4) Fast-travel as a permanent unlock for real money is pure fucking bullshit in the first place.

  • Who say this Zelda and Loftwing amiibo is bad for The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword coming out on Nintendo Switch in July this year?
    I don’t find the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo bad to me I think it’s a good amiibo.

  • If someone were to get an Android app that definitely doesn’t have the word “tag” in the name and buy some NTAG215 NFc tags on the internet, they could theoretically bypass this bullshit by making the Switch think there was a Zelda Amiibo in their hand.

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