Owners of the Wii U may have noticed that little square under the d-pad on their Wii U GamePad. Few games currently support that square, but Nintendo has revealed that they will be showing off the possibilities of the technology this year at E3. Specifically, the tech is supposed to employ a Skylanders-type system where a figurine can retain information and can be used in synchronicity with a game. Our writer Chaz has high hopes for a game like Skylanders from Nintendo taking all of their intellectual properties by the reins for the ultimate Nintendo adventure, although there may be something else Nintendo has in mind, according to an interview with Le Figaro.
The site recently interview Stephen Bole, a French Nintendo representative who may have revealed something they shouldn’t have. Roughly translated by Google Chrome, here is what Bole had to say:
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 .
My initial guess is that the figurines will be able to hold Super Smash Bros. save data and character customizations so that players can take their specially altered characters to any other Wii U system, especially for tournaments. Nintendo has not confirmed any of this, nor do we expect them to this close to E3. Be sure to check back over the next few weeks as Twinfinite heads out to LA to cover E3 and bring you all the delicious news, hot out of the oven. For now, what do you all think the NFC technology will be used for in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U? Let us know in the comments below!