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New NFC Initiative and Mario Figurine Unveiled for Wii U, 3DS
Nintendo’s latest investor’s conference call has yielded our first look at its newest NFC figurine for the Wii U and 3DS systems and lo and behold, it’s everyone’s favorite plumber.
The first revealed figure in Nintendo’s recently revealed NFC (Near Field Communication) initiative, Mario will apparently join an undisclosed number of company icons in what Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata has dubbed the group’s own NFP–or Nintendo Figurine Platform. As show in the diagram above, the figures will be designed to work on both Wii U and 3DS across a variety of titles rather than being confined to one game.
The program is intent on both reading and writing data, opening up possibilities for character customization. More details regarding its planned scanning technology using the GamePad’s NFC sensor will be revealed in full during E3 this June.
Iwata further addressed the company’s contented interest in courting 3DS owners using a planned NFC reader / writer targeting a release in the “first half of next year” and using the handheld system’s infra-red sensor as shown off below.
The news follows Iwata’s previous statements regarding licensing out properties and characters earlier this year as well as Nintendo’s own foray into the NFC market last year with its downloadable title of Pokemon Rumble U on the Wii U eShop. This new project appears to be far greater in scope and comes after the home console reaching 6.17 million in worldwide sales.
With the continued success of both Activision’s Skylanders and Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity toy to game brands , it’s been a common suggestion for Nintendo to follow suit with similar products. Perhaps now is the time for such moments.