Nintendo introducing NFC figurines, to work with multiple games

Nintendo has announced it will introduce its own line of near-field communication figurines, similar to Skylanders. The figures of popular Nintendo characters will work across different games, for both Wii U and 3DS.

7

After trying it to a smaller extent with Pokemon Rumble U, Nintendo is making a move into the near-field communication market to produce game toys like Skylanders and Disney Infinity. During a financial briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that NFC figurines that interact with the company's own games will launch this year.

The briefing showed slides with a Mario figurine as an example. The idea, according to Iwata, is to have the figurines work with multiple games. Wii U has NFC functionality built in, and Nintendo will be introducing a 3DS NFC base for cross-compatibility with it too. The 3DS base is scheduled to launch next year. Nintendo promises more details to come at E3.

Editor-In-Chief

Filed Under

From The Chatty

  • reply
    May 8, 2014 8:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo introducing NFC figurines, to work with multiple games.

    Nintendo has announced it will introduce its own line of near-field communication figurines, similar to Skylanders. The figures of popular Nintendo characters will work across different games, for both Wii U and 3DS.

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 8:30 AM

      lol about time

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 8:43 AM

      Stack-UpU

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 9:26 AM

      I'm interested, although slightly disappointed. Whatever Nintendo plans to do with its NFC figurines had better trump the drool-worthy idea of blowing Skylanders and Disney Infinity out of the water by introducing a dedicated, NFC-based Pokemon line of games.

      • reply
        May 8, 2014 9:27 AM

        Seems like such a no brainer. No idea what took them so long

      • reply
        May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

        I can't help but feel that they took too long and really blew their chance to take advantage of what seemed like a no brainer cash cow for them.

        • reply
          May 8, 2014 5:52 PM

          They wouldn't even need to sell figure's . They could just sell you a pokeball, and inside it has all your chosen creatures stats.

          Pokeballs in every color and shape as far as your wallet can see! Want to get an extra stat boost for your Blastoise? Better buy a water ball.

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 10:42 AM

      I don't know why they didn't do this with Pokemon like 10 years ago.

      • reply
        May 8, 2014 10:43 AM

        They just don't get what makes them awesome. They just don't.

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 11:34 AM

      They seem to be headed in the right direction

    • reply
      May 8, 2014 7:57 PM

      They're not going to do the American Football Conference as well? (because NFC is a pretty well pre-established acronym)