It looks like the new Splatoon 3 amiibo has a release date. The three beautiful and vibrant new figures are due for release on November 11th.
Splatoon amiibo are nothing new, they’ve been around since the first game, and Splatoon 3 is now set to continue the long tradition of its predecessors with its draw on collectible figures. Amiibo are more than just ornaments, however. Your Nintendo Switch can scan your Nintendo amiibo, offering in-game rewards that vary from game to game and figure to figure.
Three new #amiibo arrive on 11/11! Tap them on a compatible Nintendo Switch controller and they will unlock special in-game gear for #Splatoon3. pic.twitter.com/JCBCB7uO08October 11, 2022
If they are like previous Splatoon amiibo, we can expect the numbers to unlock new gear in the game. However, Splatoon 3 amiibo offer more than just cosmetic rewards, granting those lucky enough to get their hands on access to exclusive gear. However, the extent to which this practice has the players’ best interests at heart is very debatable.
First of all, of course these amiibo are beautiful. Splatoon always brings its best game when it comes to amiibo, and these three new additions to the range are no different. Octoling (Blue), Inkling (Yellow) and Smallfry all boast the kinds of dynamic poses and bold, vibrant colors that make Splatoon’s aesthetic so distinctive and memorable. There’s no denying it: these figures would look great on a table or in a fireplace.
What’s not great, however, is how these amiibo offer players benefits that go beyond the purely cosmetic. Since the previously released Splatoon amiibo can be used in Splatoon 3 to unlock stat-enhancing gear, it’s safe to say that the gear the new amiibo can get will do the same. While far from breaking the game, it’s still sad to see Nintendo Gate content behind the purchase of what are essentially accessories.
While gear of comparable power can be obtained in-game, it is unfair to give certain players access to exclusive gear because they paid for a collectible. If the equipment these new amiibo offered were purely cosmetic, the story might be different.
It’s still not ideal, but at least it wouldn’t offer the slightest gameplay advantage. At least Splatoon 3’s amiibo aren’t very notorious in their content, though. The gear abilities gained from amiibo aren’t something you can’t already find in the game. And unlike The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD amiibo, Splatoon 3 doesn’t dare block basic gameplay features like fast travel behind a paywall.
In this particular case, the hardware is unlikely to have a massive effect on the PvP landscape, however, Nintendo’s consistent choice to put content of any kind behind a paywall raises concerns about the future. After all, what’s stopping Nintendo from handing out more powerful updates with its next round of amiibo?
While the new amiibo are beautiful and there’s no intrinsic harm to Nintendo making a line of collectibles, there’s a slippery slope to taking gear abilities down the exclusive route. Fortunately, Nintendo is smart enough not to fall into this particular trap.