The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is coming to Wii U in just 44 days (but who’s counting) and now we have more details on what that cool Wolf Link/Midna amiibo (and other Zelda-themed figures) will do in the game.
NintendoEverything has translated the latest issue of Famitsu and revealed that the new amiibo will unlock a bonus area called “Trial of the Beast” (though this will possibly be called “The Twilight Cave” in the English version).
[Update: Nintendo announced today that the English name of the bonus area is “The Cave of Shadows.]
It’s a survival challenge with 40 underground floors, and if you get to the end while you have the Giant’s Wallet equipped, then you can earn a new item called the Bottomless Wallet. This new wallet will hold up to 9,999 rupees. Notably, this will be most useful when you’re wearing the Magic Armor, which depletes money as you wear it.
You can see an image of the Bottomless Wallet here.
There’s also going to be some sort of system whereby you save numbers to your Wolf Link/Midna amiibo. This part is really unclear, but it may have to do with checkpoints and heart recovery. And of course, Nintendo announced that the amiibo will be able to transfer data to the upcoming Zelda for Wii U, but there are no details yet on how that will work.
[Update: Nintendo has a new description of the Wolf Link amiibo functionality, “After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadows to replenish life energy. After conquering the cave, players can save a record of their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to beat their score at any time.”]
Other Zelda-themed amiibos will work in the game, too. The Ganondorf amiibo will automatically double all damage, creating an extra challenge for serious players. The Toon Link and Link amiibos will fully replenish your arrows once per day. The Shiek and Zelda amiibos will fully replenish your hearts, also once per day.
It’s really…weird to see amiibo functionality in a main Zelda game like this. I’m not sure how to process my feelings. Luckily, it sounds like the game will still be great without buying any extra accessories, but it’s still weird to me. Toys-to-life games do a great job at breaking the fourth wall, which is something that Zelda games never do.
Last week, there were strong rumors that Twilight Princess would be featuring a Hero Mode that is accessible immediately, and images from another Famitsu article appeared to show that there would be fewer Tears of Light to collect. I really hope that last one is true: some of those tears were really hard to find.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD comes out on March 4.