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Old 05-08-2014, 12:36 AM   #1
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Nintendo announces Skylander-like NFC toys for Wii U/3DS

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Nintendo recently announced that they didn't make as much money as they wanted last year. That's bad news for them, but good news for us, as Nintendo often pulls out their most interesting, fun ideas when they get desperate.

Case in point, the company just held a conference announcing multiple new plans to help turn their finances around. First up is a system update for the Wii U in June that will decrease the initial boot up time by 20 seconds. Next up is NFC compatibility between the Wii U eShop with SUICA, the Japanese subway/vending machine/phone/convenience store cash card system. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but after spending a week in Tokyo a few years back, I can attest to the power of SUICA. That little penguin means business.

These was also announcement of a smart phone app called Mario Kart TV with will allow for easy sharing of rankings and race replays. Sounds cute, but not likely going to set the world on fire. The same can't be said for their upcoming line of NFC/NFP figures that will work on multiple unannounced games across the 3DS and the Wii U. That could be a big deal. Interactions between your games and your figures will change the data on your figures in unique ways, granting them unique properties. For 3DS users, this will require a new IR/NFC/NSP reader, which will be detailed along with other new information regarding the these announcements at E3 next month.

Hey, isn't Nintendo coming out with a new Smash Bros. for the Wii U and the 3DS soon? I wonder if people would be interested in buying toys of all their favorite Nintendo characters that would work to share data between the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game.

There's also more info coming in from a Q&A with Iwata about Nintendo's refusal to release new hardware until current customers are satisfied, so stay tuned to David Gibson's Twitter for more as it comes in.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:44 AM   #2
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“It has been designed to be compatible with multiple software titles for Nintendo platforms.” Iwata told the meeting attendees. “In other words, the figurines, which consumers can buy and collect, are going to work with multiple software titles to be released in the future, and we are aiming to develop more software titles compatible with the figurines.Nintendo has a lot of well-known character IP that has originated in video games, and we have been regularly releasing titles from game franchises that make use of this character IP. This is why I believe a brand-new type of platform will be born when the character IP becomes compatible with NFP”.


Nintendo says more on NFP will be revealed at E3, which titles will be compatible with NFP and what will be released before the years' end.


I don't see this hurting Nintendo's chances at success. It's good that they've managed to get in relatively quick in this really specific but evidently booming niche, before every kid's toy boxes are filled with different figures that only work on specific games. Great for brand awareness, too.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:13 AM   #3
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I think this is a decent idea.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:31 PM   #4
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As long as the figures are cute and aren't too expensive, this sounds pretty cool. I've definitely eyed up the cute dragon/Disney character figures for Skylanders/whatever Disney's one is called. Having it be for more than one game with IPs I love would make purchasing decisions easier. Plus I don't think I could resist a Link figure if it was cute.
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Sounds like a good idea, I'm thankful that it doesn't just work with specific games. Just hope they aren't too expensive.
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Good for Nintendo. I really love this idea. Who knows? This could become like a sandbox version of Smash Bros.
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It would be neat if they sold some figures through those gachapon machines, or like the capsule machines you see at arcades or whatever. Then there would be kids putting money in and then trading all their doubles to friends and stuff. That'd be neat-o.
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