Super Smash Bros. Gets Interactive Figurines And NFC With Nintendo’s Wii U

Nintendo has always been famous for making and introducing controllers that have defied logic yet managed to somehow gain acceptance. Keeping up with the tradition, Super Smash Bros. may soon have controllers that don’t quite resemble a board with buttons or the Wii Stick.

Nintendo has announced they’re partnering with PDP to bring a Gamecube “inspired” controller to market in time for the release of the Wii U version of the new Super Smash Bros. this holiday season. Additionally, in an interview with Le Figaro, Nintendo France managing director Steven Boyle responded to a question about upcoming Wii U games with a very interesting answer.

“And on the output side of games produced by Nintendo, there will obviously be the fighting game ‘Super Smash Bros.’ E3 is also an opportunity to show the use of NFC technology [used in ‘Skylanders’ and ‘Disney Infinity,’ allowing the use of real objects – here, figurines – in video games] in Nintendo consoles. The NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros,” said Boyle.

While Boyle didn’t spell it out, what he clearly implied was the new line of Nintendo game figurines will interact with Super Smash Bros. in some way. The Wii U has a powerful NFC (Near Field Communications) chip and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is going to take advantage of the system’s NFC system for interactive gameplay using figurines, reported Gamespot.

What gives this rumor credibility is the fact that Nintendo recently announced they will be integrating a Skylanders-like figurine business named NFP-NFC. Analyst Dave Gibson also tweeted that Nintendo would be showcasing the Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP) game and figures at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. The 3DS will also reportedly be getting an infrared reader so that the figures will be able to be used across the Wii U and 3DS, reported Game Informer.


Going by this revelation, it appears Super Smash Bros. will be the first game where the NFC-integrated figurines will be used to interact with the game. It is quite clear that apart from Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. is the next best way to incorporate collectible Nintendo figurines. Moreover, since Super Smash Bros. is the most varied game owing to the sheer number of characters, it will surely appeal to the fans of Nintendo. The details about the NFC-based gameplay via figurines are expected to be unveiled in the detail at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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