Skyward Sword HD Amiibo Delay Means No Fast-Travel At Launch

Skyward Sword HD Amiibo Delay Means No Fast-Travel At Launch
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is out tomorrow, but its accompanying Zelda & Loftwing amiibo will be missing for most players. Nintendo confirmed today that the toy, which unlocks fast-travel in the game, is facing a number of shipping delays that will keep it out of most people’s hands until August.

“The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo figure is currently impacted by unforeseen shipping delays,” a spokesperson for Nintendo told IGN. “As a result, only a small portion of the Zelda & Loftwing will be available on its scheduled July 16 launch date. Additional shipments are delayed until August. We will ship additional amiibo to retailers as soon as they arrive.”

The company didn’t say what the cause of the delays was, but it apparently won’t affect supplies of other amiibo figures.

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There’s been a ton of controversy around the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo in particular because of the special features it unlocks for players in the Skyward Sword HD remaster. Instead of having to arduously backtrack, as in the Wii version, touching the Zelda & Loftwing amiibo to the Switch teleports players back and forth between the sky and land (Loftwing is a giant blue bird). It even works inside dungeons, letting players return to the Bazaar in Skyloft to replenish supplies whenever they need.

It’s a big quality-of-life improvement, something Skyward Sword HD has a lot of, but for some reason this particular one was locked behind the $35 collectible. Now it seems like many players willing to pay extra to unlock it will have to wait a while anyway. Maybe out of the goodness of their hearts, Nintendo’s developers will just go ahead and add proper fast travel in a future update.


  • I am sure the data for the amiibo will be online pretty quickly and then people can just make NFC imitations of it to access the features until they can get their hands on the actual amiibo.

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