Super Mario Odyssey's amiibo content will be unlockable without the amiibo screenshot

Lootboxes and microtransactions and all sorts of chicanery have been invading video games for the last few years, locking out content that used to be unlockable through in-game achievements. What happened to the days where getting hard mode meant you simply had to beat the game instead of shelling out an additional $10? While Super Mario Odyssey will be launching alongside a trio of amiibo that unlock things, you won’t be required to buy those figurines to get that content.

In a very subtle manner on the official Super Mario website, Nintendo notes that “All outfits can be unlocked in-game without amiibo,” reassuring fans everywhere that Nintendo hasn’t gone full insane on us. In all honesty, I kind of prefer having to unlock the costumes, since being handed them takes the fun out of the experience for me. At least this is a true option, unlike typical microtransactions that unbalance the difficulty curve of games. It also doesn’t prevent Mario Odyssey from being a full game in the future when amiibo no longer exist.

Super Mario Odyssey – amiibo [Nintendo]

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