Nintendo Needs To Stop Locking Content Behind amiibo

I’m not going to lie, amiibo look awesome and they are great collectibles to have. But the rest of the world seems to think so too, often resulting in new amiibo to sell out immediately, and then they never get restocked.

There are hundreds at this point it seems, and it’s likely you’ve missed out on most of them. This of course also means you’ve missed out on the benefits these amiibo bring.

Initially they just gave you stupid little gifts of sorts that didn’t really mean anything, or it just meant you got something a little earlier/easier. But lately, they’ve been locking content behind the amiibo, and that’s horribly frustrating.

I heard fast travel is locked in the recent Skyward Sword remaster unless you have the amiibo. That’s just BS if I’ve ever heard.

Going back to an older game, I just found out I can unlock a difficulty level in Metroid: Samus Returns that also gives players the Fusion Suit. Good luck finding that amiibo for under $200.

I imagine there is a very long list of content locked behind these blasted amiibos. They are like ultra-rare physical DLC that give you new content and something to put up on a shelf at the same time, which is cool, but only in limited supplies, like the amiibo themselves.

I know there are card packs that you can buy instead of the amiibo that are cheaper, but I have yet to see one of these out in the wild.

Bottom line, stop locking content behind little figurines that only scalpers and people lucky enough to buy one in the first five minutes they go on sale can possess. Or just make some huge amiibo store and actually spend the money to produce all of them so people can readily purchase them at the time of their choosing.

The Most Popular ESRB Ratings

You know those good old ratings stuck in the bottom corner of your video games, right? They are intended for parents to look at and decide if a game is appropriate for their precious child’s age.

In case you were unaware, these are our current ratings:

eC- early Childhood

E- Everyone

E10+- Everyone 10 & up

T- Teen

M- Mature 17+

Ao- Adults only 18+…you know, for when that game is so intense, that 17 year old needs one more year of life experience to handle.

Anyway, there are a lot of people who only play mature games, because then they won’t be men if they played something less.

Likewise, there are only people who play not mature games, if they have squeamish stomachs or whatever the reason.

Personally, the only rating I look out for is eC. For unless you are 5 and under, this isn’t going to be any fun at all, for these are mind-numbing educational games for toddlers, essentially. But really, your eyes are going to pass over any game like this anyway, so no worries!

But anyway, I have been writing Top 10 lists for most of my consoles, and have more recently been doing spin-off lists, if you will, such as the most popular years, and developers appearing on those lists.

Now, I would like to look into the ratings, and see which occurs most often on my lists. Perhaps then I can get a better idea of which rating produces the best games.

And who knows, this could help a parent out with purchasing games or consoles for their kids?

So here are the consoles and the ratings from my top 10 games!

Nintendo 3DS

E- 5 games

E10+- 4 games

T- 1 game

Nintendo DS

E- 6

E10+- 3

T- 1

Nintendo Game Boy

E- 9

E10+- 1

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

E- 10

Nintendo GameCube

E- 4

T- 6

Sega Genesis

E- 6

T- 1

(Not all titles rated for this one)

Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 10

Nintendo 64

E- 10

PC

T- 6

M- 5

Sony PlayStation

E- 6

T- 4

Sony PlayStation 2

E- 2

E10+- 2

T- 4

M- 2

Sony PlayStation 3

T- 5

M- 5

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 9

(Not all titles were rated)

Nintendo Wii

E- 4

E10+- 2

T- 3

M- 1

Nintendo Wii U

E- 5

E10+- 3

T- 1

M- 1

PlayStation 4

E10+- 2

T- 1

M- 7

Well that’s it…now for the grand totals!

E10+ comes in last with 17 games making the top ten lists.

M with a count of 21 games.

Next is T with 32 games

And finally E with a crushing 85 games.

This is not surprising at all, especially since pretty much every game before 2002 is rated E.

As with all my other lists, I shall update this one as necessary.