One thing Nintendo fans haven’t been happy about is Nintendo decision to unlock some of Metroid: Samus Returns functionality behind the upcoming Metroid themed amiibo figures. The company has tried to explain and clear up the situation with USGamer and you can read their response below as well as USGamer’s take on the problem.
Yes, Fusion Mode—which will give players access to Samus’ Fusion Suit as well as a more challenging difficulty in the game—is indeed locked behind the Metroid amiibo. This content will not be offered as a separate DLC in Nintendo’s digital eShop. However, there will be a standard hard mode that will be unlockable once players complete the game on regular difficulty. This mode, which is confusingly separate from the Fusion Mode’s own harder difficulty, won’t be locked behind any amiibo.
It was previously reported that an amiibo tie-in for Metroid: Samus Returns will unlock hard mode for the game. In fact, purchasing the amiibo would be the only way for players to access the Fusion Mode content, making it a mandatory accessory if players wanted to access everything Samus Returns has to offer. This is still the case, only Nintendo failed to explain that the Fusion Mode difficulty is separate from a standard Hard Mode. Nintendo’s reluctance to clarify the matter, simply pointing media outlets to the vague Facebook post, certainly didn’t help assuage worries about how fans could only access the game’s full content by purchasing the amiibo set.
In our preview of Samus Returns, we mentioned that amiibo support for the game is completely optional, which is still technically true. However, it’s also technically true that there are bonuses in the game, from image galleries to the aforementioned Fusion Mode which can only be accessed via amiibo support. So if you really do want to see everything Samus Returns has to offer, you will have to pick up some amiibo to go with it. Luckily, the amiibo aren’t tied to any specific account, so you could just borrow your friend’s amiibo to unlock the content in your copy of Samus Returns if you’re so inclined.