I was surprised by that as well, and for a free to play spin-off of all things! It's funny, it's no big deal when other games do it, but when Nintendo games do it's something noteworthy.
Are you playing 100% free? If so, had any issue progressing? It seems my assumptions were mistaken, I have nearly 800 apples currently at Level 40. Thus it seems you can get away with spending apples on more than just the bare essentials. I'ma still keep up my minimalist approach atleast until I unlock the best gear.
Woah, calm down mister Speedy Gonzalez ! The game has been out for 3 days and you're already at level 40 + 800 apples without paying ? Like, do you spend your Apple Gems only on equipment ? What about the codex ? some of them are kinda expensive to upgrade ...
Honestly, I bought 200 apples right at the beginning (2 bucks,basically) to not get annoyed once I'd get to the point where obtaining Apples would get difficult to upgrade my arsenal, basically around Level 20 and up.
I'm Level 15 btw. I really liked the first fight with Nightmare too ! I think they did a nice transition for his inauguration into the modern Kirby era ^^.
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