It appears that all the Super Mario Odyssey outfits that amiibos unlock will be completely attainable in the game. In other words, you won’t have to spring extra money for amiibos if you don’t want to. Of course, if you’re a collector, you’ll probably get them anyways and get the amiibo-exclusive outfits that way.
The gaming community has lately been abuzz over publishers including loot boxes and other similar stuff into games, basically locking content away behind paywalls. One of the rare companies that has managed to avoid the majority of the pushback has been Nintendo. However, even they aren’t completely innocent. The only difference is that they use amiibos for this. Let’s not forget, a number of costumes and other bonus items where hidden behind amiibos in Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. Yes, those costumes weren’t And that’s on top of the season pass, which, to be fair, seems to be absolutely worth the money. Then, there’s the matter of putting the top difficulty in Samus Returns behind amiibos, as well.
That being said, it seems that Super Mario Odyssey won’t be having the same problems. According to the official website: “All outfits can be unlocked in-game without amiibo.” Well, that’s actually pretty good news. The outfits that the Odyssey amiibos unlock are pretty useful. For example, the Wedding Mario grants temporary invincibility, Wedding Peach gives you one Life-Up heart, and Wedding Bowser shows you the locations of region coins. That being said, the website does say the outfits are unlockable, not the bonuses they grant. Hopefully, that won’t turn out to be a loophole. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to imply that Nintendo is going down the same path as other triple-A publishers. On the contrary, I really want them to keep away from that. This announcement is a step in the right direction, and I hope that they stay on this path.