Legend Of Zelda Amiibos Will Unlock Big Secrets In New Game

A new Amiibo is on the way for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which will unlock new glider features.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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After having The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a sequel to the legendary Breath of the Wild, wrapped up in a shroud of mystery, Nintendo is revealing more and more details surrounding the game as it approaches its release date. The game that’s supposed to fuel Nintendo Switch’s rise to the top of the world’s best-selling console list is now getting an Amiibo, a toys-to-life platform by Nintendo, that unlocks specific things within the upcoming game.

The new Amiibo will be used to change the look of Link’s paraglider in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, as well as grant additional materials and weapons to players. However, that’s not all; according to Destructoid, older Amiibo, previously released by Nintendo, will also have functionality within the game. From what we managed to discern, this functionality is tied to the glider’s aesthetics, which correspond to the design of the respective Amiibo.

For example, the Majora’s Mask Amiibo will unlock the associated paraglider aesthetic.

Nintendo released more than two dozen Amiibo based on The Legend of Zelda franchise, with different variations of Link and Zelda, but with other characters as well, such as Ganondorf, Mipha, Bobolin, and many others. However, the company hasn’t confirmed that all previously released Amiibo would be functional, but it also hasn’t denied it. This means that we only know of four Amiibo scannable toys whose functionality was officially confirmed by Nintendo.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link – Majora’s Mask Amiibo

The previous game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has the widest compatibility with different The Legend of Zelda Amiibo scannable toys, and each of them unlocked a different chest that contained equipment, weapons, new outfits, and various other items. As neat as it sounds, Breath of the Wild—crowned as one of the best games ever made—was also compatible with Amiibo from other franchises as well, and those spawned different resources once per day. That’s a really good way to boost the sale of your Amiibo and drive up your profits.  

The information about Amiibo was snuck into the Nintendo Direct presentation that also brought us a glimpse of Link’s new abilities, but it hasn’t revealed much information, just like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer itself. Besides the unlockable glider aesthetics, we don’t actually know which materials the different Amiibo unlock. We can, however, expect them to fly off the shelves upon release, as these little collectibles often sell out immediately, just like Pokemon cards—which can often cause unrest among the shoppers.

For example, the most recent Animal Crossing Amiibo was impossible to find after just a few days in the market, which spawned a very lucrative second-hand market with ridiculously high prices—just like the price of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The new game, scheduled to launch on May 12, 2023, will launch at a new price of $69.99, which reflects the new industry pricing standard for AAA titles across all gaming platforms, which are also raising the prices of their respective gaming hardware.