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Zelda BotW: Wolf Link

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I’m not a big collector of amiibo. I only own two, and those came with special edition orders of Yoshi’s Wooly World (cute yarn Yoshi) and Twilight Princess (Wolf Link).

I totally understand the collect-ability draw behind amiibo. Maybe when I was younger, this would have appealed to me. But now days, I’m a little more practical, and I think to myself, “Where would I put them all if I had them?”

I also have grown to care about functionality… and for the most part, amiibo don’t add a lot to the types of games I play on my Nintendo system (I never got heavily into Smash). However, Breath of the Wild is starting to change my mind… mostly because amiibo have pretty good bonuses to them for once!

Of course, by the time I get slightly interested in looking for amiibo, they’re all gone and hard to find. But there’s one amiibo that I don’t have to go looking for: Wolf Link. I like wolves and I like Link, so I went ahead and bought the bundle for the amiibo back when Twilight Princess first came out. I haven’t actually played Twilight Princess, so it’s been sitting on my mantel every since.

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I’m now very happy that I did pick this up. Because I discovered that using this amiibo grants me a temporary Wolf Link companion in Breath of the Wild.

Now, if there’s anything I like almost as much as mounts, it’s pets. So this really put even more awesome into my BotW game.

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Wolf Link is pretty darn amazing. His default starts with three hearts, but if you level up the amiibo (?) in Twilight Princess, he can have a lot more. As I said, I haven’t played Twilight Princess yet, so I don’t know how this works. But I’m very tempted now.

He fight enemies with you and he automatically hunts animals in your vicinity, dropping meat for you to gather. If he’s short on life, you can also let him eat that meat to restore his hearts.

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He’s actually not half bad in a fight, and having something that so effortlessly hunts for you is amazing! If he does die, you can’t summon him again till the next day, but it’s still neat. Not to mention it just feels very cool to have a tough wolf fighting next to you.

Now, I’m not saying you should go out and pay the over-priced cost to buy this amiibo just for this, but be aware if you own the Wolf Link, it gives a pretty cool pet in this game. For once, I’m really glad I have an amiibo, and I am excited about the functionality of it.

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My First Amiibo: Yarn Yoshi

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So, I just haven’t been an amiibo person at all. Maybe 15 years ago, I would have wanted to collect them all. I think they’re cute and neat, but I just don’t have a drive to rush out and buy them for some reason.

Back when I picked up Super Mario Maker, the girl behind the counter was trying so hard to sell me one of the Target exclusive Dr. Mario amiibos they just got in that morning. I was a real Dr. Mario fan in middle school, but I still couldn’t justify picking it up on top of the cost of the game I was buying. *sigh* Adulthood.

So, anyhow, I decided to pick up Yoshi’s Wooly World yesterday. I don’t even know why. I wasn’t following the game’s release and haven’t been hyped for it or any other platformer (it’s been a while since I’ve invested in a platformer). But when I did go to buy it, I saw that the version that came with the amiibo put the cost of the amiibo at $10 rather than $16.

I used to love Yoshi bunches back in the SNES era. And I had a ball with Yoshi’s Island… Plus the yarn Yoshi is really darn cute.

So I splurged and picked up the amiibo pack. So far, I’ve been slowly working through the game, just playing a bit at a time. I keep having to go back and replaying stages so I can earn those little yarn Yoshis. I think that’s my ultimate goal…

FIND ALL THE YOSHIS!

This still doesn’t change my overall stance on amiibos, but I like the little yarn Yoshi and don’t regret getting him.