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The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

Posted by Damien McFerran

From the mouth of Nintendo of France's managing director Stephan Bole

Update:

Nintendo UK has issued us with the following statement:

On 8th May 2014, Mr Iwata announced the decision for Nintendo to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality that are compatible with video games starting from this year-end sales season.

There has, however, not been any specific announcements regarding which software titles for Nintendo platforms will use this functionality.

We have no other announcements to make at this time.

Original Article:

Nintendo is expected to show off more details regarding its recently-announced Nintendo Figurine Platform at this year's E3, but it would appear that Nintendo of France's managing director Stephan Bole has already divulged some details.

Speaking to French site Le Figaro, Bole states that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will make use of the NFC tech. Here's what he said, funnelled through the Babel fish that is Google Translate:

E3 is also an opportunity to show the use of NFC technology in Nintendo consoles. The NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.

There seems to be little room for doubt in that statement, but we've reached out to Nintendo and will add any additional official comment to this story, should it be forthcoming.

The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. arrives in the Winter of this year. The 3DS version will be hitting store shelves earlier, with a "Summer" window being mentioned.

Would the addition of NFC tech change your perception of Super Smash Bros.? Are you concerned that it could alter the way in which the game plays, forcing players to purchase figures in order to access them in-game? Or do you believe Nintendo will take a different approach to that of Disney Infinity and Skylanders, and the figures will unlock special items, buffs or other content? Let us know with a comment below.

[via lefigaro.fr, computerandvideogames.com]

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DiscoGentleman

#4

DiscoGentleman said:

I don't know how I feel about them debuting their new plans for NFC on Smash Bros... They should be doing this on a new title. This might turn some people off who would purchase a Wii U for the release of Smash Bros.

Ebitwomaru

#5

Ebitwomaru said:

Well, in that case they should have figurines prepared for this summer for 3DS, but I don't think so, Sir.

Byuu

#6

Byuu said:

Also he says that Smash Bros 3DS will be released in october in Europe.
He mentions figurines only for the WiiU version.

Datasun_7

#7

Datasun_7 said:

Oh god. This could be terrible. As long as the game has the entire roster from the 3DS without having to buy any figures then I don't mind. It could be like physical dlc

bouncer0304

#8

bouncer0304 said:

I had a feeling they were going to do something like that. I just hope it's not mandatory as that will put a lot of the series fans. Hopefully they will enhance the experience rather than be mandatory like extra trophies and add on characters. This E3 is shaping up to be one of the best Nintendo have done for years!

MrWalkieTalkie

#10

MrWalkieTalkie said:

Since the Wii U version is getting custom moves but they can't be used online, it'd be cool if I could save my custom moveset onto the figure of the character I made it for, bring it to my friends house and use my moveset instantly.

ultraraichu

#12

ultraraichu said:

Called it. It would be a nice way to store and transfer data like custom moves and control layout to another Wii U.
I'm more interested to see what else the Wii U version have hiding up it's sleeves.

UnseatingKDawg

#14

UnseatingKDawg said:

As long as the figures are not REQUIRED to play the game, I'd be fine with them. I like ultraraichu's idea.

Discipledoctor

#15

Discipledoctor said:

@MrWalkieTalkie There's one way to do it! I was thinking that customization could be saved there, and maybe you could unlock special (totally unneeded for the achievement list) trophies based on the figures. E3 can't come soon enough...19 more days!

KodyDawg

#16

KodyDawg said:

Sounds interesting! I'm buying all these NFC figures, just because, like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, because I can both display them and use them when I play. It's just really intriguing to me. I personally can't wait 'till they come out.

Evenmoresteven

#17

Evenmoresteven said:

I'm guessing in order to customize your move sets, you will need to have the figurine. That way you can take it with you if you go play smash at a friends house, and it will contain all of your data.

SavoirFaire

#18

SavoirFaire said:

Interesting tidbit of news. The utter meltdowns this will cause as some extrapolate this tidbit into a nightmare scenario is going to be a get-your-popcorn event!

If we get a full roster (same number of characters or more as previous SSB) I will be fine with it being optional... Thing is, what first run figures would they put out as figures that aren't already in SSB???

MAN1AC

#19

MAN1AC said:

Hopefully they give the option to just purchase additional challengers as DLC and unlock players within the game. I'm not too interested in figurines. If they use this for physical trophies then that's fine by me.

Tops

#20

Tops said:

Dang, I didn't think they'd do figurines for Smash. Can't wait to see how many and what they'll look like

PvtOttobot

#21

PvtOttobot said:

Hmmmmm, we'll see what this brings... I for one wouldn't mind EXTRA characters on the roster as figurine 'DLC'

steamhare

#22

steamhare said:

Just enough information to cause utter panic. This is obviously the marketing tactic of a madman.

MixMasterMudkip

#24

MixMasterMudkip said:

While I was hoping for this not to be the case, but I'm not against it. I have no doubt Sakurai would make sure this is utilized well, but geez Nintendo won't let up. It's like why get more news every other day. Which generally just leads to more questions. This whole month Nintendo has been keeping the hype train rolling, and it doesn't. This Digital Event better live up to what they are making it out to be... just 18 more days.

zool

#25

zool said:

I guess it's more money for Nintendo if the children want the toys.

Chubblings

#27

Chubblings said:

I really don't think this is good. It seems like they may have delayed the Wii U version, just to horde money with NFC. This is not the right thing to do for Smash, maybe something else. If they do use NFC, then I hope it's more like DLC that's extra, not something that was supposed to be a part of the game, but taken out for cash-grab.

birdie1923

#28

birdie1923 said:

I don't see where he states that they'll be used in Smash Bros.:

"L'E3 sera aussi l'occasion de montrer l'utilisation de la technologie NFC [technologie utilisée dans Skylanders et Disney Infinity, permettant d'utiliser des objets réels - ici, des figurines - dans des jeux vidéo] dans les consoles Nintendo."

"E3 will also be the chance to show the use of NFC technology [technology used in Skylanders and Disney Infinity, allowing the use of real objects - here, figurines - in video games] on Nintendo consoles."

I just read this straight from the link in the post, and it doesn't mention that the figurines will be used in Smash Bros...only on Nintendo consoles in general.

Tasuki

#29

Tasuki said:

Well guess I wont be getting the Wii U version of SSB if this is the case. I think this way of marketing is ridiculous forcing people to buy action figures for a game to be able to access everything.

Thank you Activision not only did you ruin Spyro but not it looks like you are ruining the game industry.

Drac_Mazoku

#31

Drac_Mazoku said:

I don't believe it will lock anything from the core experience. Nintendo doesn't need any bad press coming from Smash Bros, which along Mario Kart 8, is surely one of the last chance for Nintendo to save the Wii U. It will surely be used in some weird way in an unique mode that have no impact on the main game itself. ANd when you think about it, Nintendo figurines and Smash Bros seems to really go hand in hand!

unrandomsam

#32

unrandomsam said:

Looks like I will just get the 3DS version then.

(Nintendo seem to always only choose the worst parts for the consumer of things other people do. e.g having DLC but no GOTY versions).

I suppose there could be the possibility of me buying into it but it would require something Nintendo hasn't done for a very long time.

absuplendous

#34

absuplendous said:

I'll reserve judgment for when its implementation is fully understood, but I'm not crazy about the prospects of "DLC: Physical Edition" or carrying figures around to store a customized character. That said, I guess there wouldn't be much alternative, aside from Wii Remotes (which isn't a popular controller choice for Smash). If the figure-as-character storage scenario comes true, I hope the game isn't picky about what figures can hold what content.

marko

#36

marko said:

as long as buying toys is not mandatory to unlock new characters or stages i don't mind

duffmmann

#37

duffmmann said:

Maybe this will be Nintendo's way of adding extra characters to the game as opposed to (or perhaps as an alternative, meaning you could choose your method of doing so) DLC. So new characters they want to add, you can buy a little toy, scan it in via NFC and then bam, a new character is added to your roster. Or maybe this will be a way to save your custom movesets that they briefly showed off in that Nintendo Direct for Smash.

Xiao_Pai

#38

Xiao_Pai said:

Knew Sakurai will do something interesting to keep us interested in the Wii U version. :p

And Kirby in the screenshot, for some odd reason looks like he was edited into the pic. xD

bro2dragons

#40

bro2dragons said:

@birdie1923:

"La Wii U avait souffert l'an passé d'un manque de jeux, avec des sorties très espacées. Le début d'année 2014 a lui aussi été calme, qu'en sera-t-il après la sortie de Mario Kart 8?"

Beaucoup de sorties de jeux seront officialisés lors du salon de l'E3, mais vous savez déjà que nous allons sortir le jeu d'action Bayonnetta 2. D'ici à la fin de l'année, il y aura également le nouveau Skylanders, le nouveau Disney Infinity, Sonic Boom, Watch Dogs ou Zelda Hyrule Warriors. Et du côté des sorties de jeux produits par Nintendo, il y aura évidemment le jeu de combat Super Smash Bros. L'E3 sera aussi l'occasion de montrer l'utilisation de la technologie NFC [technologie utilisée dans Skylanders et Disney Infinity, permettant d'utiliser des objets réels - ici, des figurines - dans des jeux vidéo] dans les consoles Nintendo. Le NFC sera utilisé dans la version Wii U de Super Smash Bros.

Expa0

#41

Expa0 said:

This sounds awful... Though I guess I should wait until E3 to see how it plays out.

Action51

#42

Action51 said:

Definitely a "wait and see"...

For now I suppose it would be a nice way to include DLC, but I would hope that DLC is also available to add digitally too for those who can't find the figurines at local retailers.

brewsky

#45

brewsky said:

Wait and see, let's all reserve judgment. For right now, we don't even know how it will be utilized.

PJR0cks

#46

PJR0cks said:

Everyone are just jumping to conclusions, why don't you wait and see how things turn out before boycotting Smash Bros. they are not bunch of idiots, they realize it shouldn't affect the main gaming experience, it will just be a bonus for people who want it, and in fact I'm very happy they are doing it, they would have done a lot of marketing on the game and now they could reach a broader audience, they have to do something to make kids put down their phones and look elsewhere, and this could be it.

luke88

#47

luke88 said:

I'll reserve judgement but my initial reaction is that NFC should not be used in smash.

LavaTwilight

#48

LavaTwilight said:

I believe Nintendo won't expect us to pay extra for content that is already stored on the disc. Rather I'm hoping it will be a way to sell 'DLC' through this use. They'd be able to charge more for it than if it was regular DLC but will be justified in doing so.

Phantom_R

#49

Phantom_R said:

Everyone is panicking so irrationally right now. Obviously they're not going to require figures to unlock anything in the game. It's still Nintendo, and it's still Sakurai.

Sherman

#50

Sherman said:

Let the segregation begins!!
I don't think this figurines will unlock characters. They gotta sell popular characters figurins and all of them are already in the game. So, I guess this things will unlock stuff like skins. If they unlock anything at all.

ikki5

#52

ikki5 said:

I am worried now... So long as there are the default characters in the game and the unlockables that you can get WITHOUT paying more for figures, I'll be ok, but if it is like skylanders and the only characters you are are the figures you have.... I will be VERY upset and I won't buy it because really, I don't want to have to pay $60 for a game and then another $70-$100 just to be able to have the characters to play

drumsandperc92

#54

drumsandperc92 said:

while not surprised, i'm a little concerned.
smash's secret characters and loads of trophies and unlockable modes have been a huge part of the incentive to play the games so much since the original on N64, with each entry adding even more to unlock, more reason to play until you wear out your controllers!
But with NFC figurines i'm concerned that it'll either let players bypass the standards to unlock something, or even worse, there will be exclusive content only unlockable by figurines...
As an adult and big fan of Nintendo, I love the games and characters but not enough to purchase figurines. I don't play with toys anymore...this is designed for children and avid collectors.
i really hope they limit the interaction to skins or trophies or something, not anything major.
AND i hope everything they offer through figurines will be available in game some other way, or at the very least, inexpensive DLC. I don't want to miss out on anything smash has to offer just because i don't want to buy toys...

faint

#57

faint said:

ive been thinking about this. i think its a good thing. ive definately warmed to it. :)

NintyMan

#58

NintyMan said:

I thought this was a rumor? I understand he's an important Nintendo rep from his country, but I'd wait on Japan and Sakurai in particular to confirm this.

Still, if this is true, I wouldn't be too surprised. In fact, I vividly remember suggesting the use of NFC figurines in Super Smash Bros. a couple of years ago in a past comment section for a NL article just like this and I got flamed for it. It would be ironic to see it come to fruition after all, but again, I wouldn't believe this just yet. I still remember when a German Nintendo manager stated Super Smash Bros. would release this spring before it was discovered the interview made him misspeak and it wasn't accurate. Let's wait for if Nintendo will officially announce this at E3.

SleepyCrossing

#60

SleepyCrossing said:

I'm not too worried about this honestly. They'll most likely implement it in a way that won't have a negative impact, to be honest.

Darknyht

#62

Darknyht said:

The worse case scenario is, "With the Smash Bros Starter Kit for 3DS/Wii U you get Mario, Link and PIkachu to begin your Smash Bros fun. Want a larger roster, then go purchase your favorite Nintendo character and set them on the Nintendo Power Pad. Instantly they will be in the game. Want another stage, well then use our handy NES Carts (sold seperately) to add them in. Suck at SSB, then pick up a Power-Up like the Super Mushroom. It will instantly let you boot in a random power up for your fighter."

kamifox1

#64

kamifox1 said:

Sorry if someone already said this but I wonder if the 3DS version will use AR cards then.

Volmun

#65

Volmun said:

YES!! im happy about that as That HOPEFULLY means good qualty figers of all the charicters id happly get a Samus Kirby and Fox

@everyone stressing out... go play Pokemon rumble U... it dosnt even NEED the NFC figers... seriusly ppl chillout .

AlexSora89

#67

AlexSora89 said:

Figurines-for-trophies only, please.
I'm relieved: the 3DS version looks a lot better all of a sudden.

themac2001

#69

themac2001 said:

Well I won't be eating for a month O-O. Nintendo and Riot are intent on sucking my wallet dry.

brandonbwii

#70

brandonbwii said:

I have a feeling this statement will be retracted soon. He probably wasn't supposed to say that until after E3.

ikki5

#72

ikki5 said:

@unrandomsam

There is a reason why I have not bought Disney Infinity

@themac2001
Riot.... as it League of Legends Riot??? You actually pay for those? My RP came from me abusing the referral system. lol Other than that, the game is free and all the stuff you need is free to get so I don't see a reason in giving them a cent.

unrandomsam

#73

unrandomsam said:

@ikki5 Name a time when Nintendo has not just cherry picked the worst parts. NSLU and that is the only one I can think of.

Whopper744

#74

Whopper744 said:

I do not want to have to buy figures like you have to with games like Disney infinity (which I actually do own but it cost me way too much).
I don't have the money for this kind of stuff, nor the space in my house to pile it up.

brandonbwii

#75

brandonbwii said:

Why is everyone assuming NFC won't be part of the 3DS version. You guys do realize that 3DS will have an NFC adapter right?

Haxonberik

#78

Haxonberik said:

I think it will most definitely be a way to transfer customization and personal data to other games, not a way of unlocking content, kinda like an expanded use of that Wiimote function that was hardly ever used as it could've.

kereke12

#79

kereke12 said:

I had a funny feeling that NFC was going to be used in Smash Bros. . But what about 3DS that would be nice and a smart move by Nintendo to do both 3DS and Wii U. Doing Transfer .

Bulbousaur

#80

Bulbousaur said:

As long as it doesn't take out features for people who don't want to use NFC, fine. If I need to buy overpriced figurines to unlock modes or charcaters, that will ruin the game andI won't buy it.

Volmun

#81

Volmun said:

@brandonbwii iits as i think the 3DS game will be out befor the figers are releced (my asumption) plus i think your right abiut the E3 bit lol.

brandonbwii

#82

brandonbwii said:

@unrandomsam
Yeah, boycotted. Just like all the little boys and girls who will boycott Tomodachi Life for political reasons? LOL!

If anything there's MORE money to be made by capitalizing on this feature on 3DS. Much bigger child audience.

Glad that no one is jumping to conclusions. Oh wait...

Sensei_Sendai

#83

Sensei_Sendai said:

I don't think we have to worry about them taking any characters out...unless the NFC figures also work on the 3DS' Smash Bros...but until then not gonna worry.

Nintendo6400

#84

Nintendo6400 said:

they better be careful on how they implement this otherwise they might frustrate players. But everything will probably work out.

KingofSaiyans

#85

KingofSaiyans said:

I'm excited for this. Even though I doubt the figurines will be necessary to play, I am curious to see what kind of mode will require them. Bring on the hype

brandonbwii

#86

brandonbwii said:

@Nintendo64000
That's how I feel. They haven't screwed up their DLC ventures yet so I don't see what all this doom and gloom stuff is about them making toys.

Nintendo was always a toy company and games are an extension of that. Now they're just combining the two extremes.

WaveWarlock

#87

WaveWarlock said:

Does anybody else not really care about the 3DS version. It's going to blow the steam, freshness and magic out of the wii u version since it's being released before hand. should of been the other way around to be honest

As for the figurine idea, i honestly don't mind. :P I'd like to have a shiny new Little Mac figurine. :*

SphericalCrusher

#88

SphericalCrusher said:

Very interested in how this will work, since they've denied any chance of DLC. They didn't deny extra characters via NFC though. It might work for some mini-game though, who knows.

Royalblues

#89

Royalblues said:

Ugh. Stop trying to be Skylanders nintendo. It won't take off. Anf if I find out that there are characters exclusive to buying a figurine, then forget SSB4 and the Wii U as a whole.

kamifox1

#90

kamifox1 said:

I honestly don't see any problem with this. Look at it this way, Disney Infinity is the only NFC game where you NEED more figurines than you get in the starter pack.
All Skylanders games can be completed with just the starter pack and Pokemon Rumble U doesn't need the figurines at all.

Corleonis88

#91

Corleonis88 said:

As long as they don´t make figurine exclusive characters I´m in.
remember how sakurai said that special attacks would be customizable? maybe this has something to do with it

unrandomsam

#93

unrandomsam said:

@brandonbwii Have you actually tried e.g the Fire Emblem or NSMB2 DLC it is about as bad as anybody does in terms of value (Excluding Cosmetic Items).

2Sang

#95

2Sang said:

I'm psyched. If it is implemented properly, I'll definitely get a wii u. Maybe I'll even undastand.

Nintenjoe64

#96

Nintenjoe64 said:

I'm not worried either way. Nintendo know better than to ruin Smash by forcing people to buy toys. I think the added features will probably disappoint people again when they realise they're just superficial things to justify buying a toy.

Either that or Captain Falcon is a toy exclusive character :)

RaymanfanU

#97

RaymanfanU said:

Sounds interesting. It will most likely be for customizing movesets. What if they could be used for special stages based on the world that the character is from?

skjia

#99

skjia said:

The only way I see the figurines unlocking characters is if it's as an alternate way to unlock them. Sort of like shortcut dlc, only with figurines.

Anyway, it's one guy saying something and being translated to say they're using NFC on Wii U. I think people need to just wait till there's an official announcement before saying Nintendo is or isn't making a mistake.

BaffleBlend

#100

BaffleBlend said:

No.No no no no no. I am NOT buying characters that'll take up space on my shelves and my wallet.

Skylanders and Infinity are the two most hated games of this generation. Who the flying love would follow their example?!
Please watch the profanity — TBD

kamifox1

#101

kamifox1 said:

@BaffleBlend "most hated"? Says who? They're clearly popular enough to spawn franchises, sequels (in the case of Skylanders) and people implementing the same tech...

Cresartist

#102

Cresartist said:

To everyone getting butthurt over this decision:
Untitled
Seriously, you all complain about Nintendo never changing and complain when they do.

Anyway, I quite like this decision. I always hoped Super Smash Brothers would FINALLY have merchandise, and this seems like an awesome start. This could be like fancy DLC, or you could buy one of an existing character, save things like your custom moveset for that character on it, and use it when, say, you're playing at a friend's house.

brandonbwii

#104

brandonbwii said:

@unrandomsam
NSMB2 DLC wasn't the best, but it worked. I never found myself going, dang it, I wish these stages were included on the cart. It was a little pricey but I knew exactly what I was getting into. I never felt like I NEEDED the DLC to fully enjoy all it had to offer.

In other words it's not like I was paying for modes or to complete a story.

2Sang

#105

2Sang said:

What @Fireninjastar said. Mixing things up could make a cool new experience. I would rather have a new game than brawl 2.0. I'm going to guess that the figures will store records, custom movesets, and save data.

rjejr

#106

rjejr said:

Wow. Just wow. Of all Nitnedo's franchises this has to be the absolute worst choice for an NFC game. And I'm not opposed to toys, we have over 30 Skylanders in my house, and another 2 dozen Pokemon toys b/c kids like toys. But make toys for Nintnedo Land 2 or a Pokepark 3 game, NOT SSB.

My kid is going to his 3rd SB tournament tomorrow night and I just can't see people happy carrying around toys. This turns SSB into a kids game and it's one of Nintneod's few games that's seen as "hardcore".

Whether it's figures or accessories I just see it as a mistake.

Volmun

#107

Volmun said:

@Fireninjastar WOW someone i dont know inperson is speacing with sence! Yeah i see it in the same was and am very excited to get my hands on a Samus Kerbi and Fox figers (plus metter knight with hope)

ScorpionMG

#108

ScorpionMG said:

@Tasuki Sakurai has already revealed a lot of smash bros characters for the game, why even confirm them as players if your going to use them for figurines only? this must be something different, maybe like saving custom sets, or trophies or Extra character DLC (that is not unlockable from the game except for the figurines) I'm sure nintendo is wise enough not to use it like skylanders on a franchise like this. I shall wait for their approach this E3

Nintenjoe64

#109

Nintenjoe64 said:

Last week: "Nintendo don't have a clue what they're doing with the gamepad"
This week: "Nintendo are ruining a game by implementing a gamepad feature"
Next week: "I wish the Mario Kart figurines interacted with the gamepad."

2Sang

#110

2Sang said:

I think that the NFC figures fit the idea of smash perfectly. After all, all the characters come to life from the form of a trophy. Think about the openings to smash 64 and melee, both are toys that are activated.

SchamMan89

#111

SchamMan89 said:

Horrifying news. Keep NFC away from Smash Bros.

Hopefully this is just a minor, throwaway feature.

Meaty-cheeky

#112

Meaty-cheeky said:

I need to know more, but my guess NFC will not effect the core gameplay, Nintendo would be crazy if they did. NFC for Smash Bros will most likely add additional trophies, mini games, and custom move sets. Nothing that will effect the core gameplay, so if you dont buy any NFC Toys you will not be effected by anything.

JtotheY

#113

JtotheY said:

Arggh, I don't get why everything must be spoiled before E3. I want to be blasted away by everything they have to say at E3, not just be like "knew that, knew this, knew that, oh some more info about something I already knew was coming, cool. Well, guess that was it."

Dr_Corndog

#114

Dr_Corndog said:

So Nintendo UK doesn't deny Mr. Bole's statement, only saying that no specific titles have yet been announced. Mr. Bole's statement isn't "official," then, but probably still true.

rjejr

#115

rjejr said:

Maybe he's wrong and it's not SSB but a spin-off. They aren't putting Subspace Emissary in the game so if they made that as a separate game, calling it "SSB Adventure" or something, THAT would be ok as a toy game. I always thought that could have been a game unto itself, my kids and I played that over and over again.

FineLerv

#116

FineLerv said:

I really hope it isn't mandatory. I do not want to contribute unnecessarily to the mounting landfill crisis.

Dr_Corndog

#117

Dr_Corndog said:

How well this works will depend on how it's implemented. Figurines that provide buffs in-game to give you an advantage over other players, or that grant throwaway unlocks, or unlocks that should be accessible by completing in-game objectives? Bad ideas. Reasonably priced figurines that add new characters to a roster that's of ample size to begin with? Good idea.

Volmun

#119

Volmun said:

@JtotheY yep.. I completly agree woth you.. its liek with SSB atn.. finding out all the charicters out befor its out.. i likw secrt charicters 8( i mean.. Meutwo in mele was sutch a HUGE shock! And there was nothing like that in SSBB aside from the story mode... its depresing how ppl have to know EVERYTHING about a gane now befor thay play it...

FineLerv

#122

FineLerv said:

@rjejr "Maybe he's wrong and it's not SSB but a spin-off. They aren't putting Subspace Emissary in the game so if they made that as a separate game, calling it "SSB Adventure" or something, THAT would be ok as a toy game."

That is something I could deal with. Actually, I could deal with anything if there was a way to use the feature without having to buy a figurine (through DLC or whatever). I'm trying to remain cautiously optimistic.

dumedum

#123

dumedum said:

Whatever way Nintendo can sell zillions of the figurines I'm for. They probably will do it in the nicest way, so that you don't have to buy any figurine for anything, but I kinda wish they force them on so they can sell more.

dabaumer

#124

dabaumer said:

Someone from ign mentioned a while ago when they first announced the Near field toys the custom move sets for smash...you could save your custom sets in the toys then take those custom sets with you, it's wa pure speculation but seems possible now.

Joetherocker

#126

Joetherocker said:

Hopefully it just saves custom movesets or something that doesn't affect the actual game that much. Otherwise I'll be sticking to the 3DS version.

FineLerv

#127

FineLerv said:

@Dr_Corndog "Reasonably priced figurines that add new characters to a roster that's of ample size to begin with? Good idea."

Also a bad idea if it is the only way to add the characters. I'll take DLC, but I don't want toys.

Fazermint

#129

Fazermint said:

All I know is, if I'm forced to buy those stupid figurines to unlock characters, I'm throwing my Wii U in the garbage, where it would then belong.

Porky

#130

Porky said:

Can you imagine the 30+ olds here lining up to buy their selfs these toys for DLC? XP.

ricklongo

#133

ricklongo said:

As long as it's not mandatory, and we still get a complete game without having to invest in figurines, I'm more than fine with that.

And that's coming from someone who does intend to buy figurines once they're released; I just think they should be used with caution, more as cool add-ons than as required parts of the gameplay.

bro2dragons

#134

bro2dragons said:

I'm gonna be the one guy here who comes out and says this is awesome news and I couldn't be more stoked for this game.

bro2dragons

#137

bro2dragons said:

Nintendo's not dumb enough to make separately purchased figures mandatory to enjoy the game. That's the opposite of how Nintendo has always done business.

But it does mean that now, not only will I get to enjoy a new Smash Bros. game for years to come, but there is also the potential I'll get to line my bookshelves with the displayed figurines of the game's entire roster. Great news, indeed.

kamifox1

#139

kamifox1 said:

@JtotheY Completely agreed, I've been like that all along with all the SSB character announcements and was the same with Sonic Lost World. The whole game, aside from a few story twists, was announced before release which made the game a bit dull for me. Every new Pokemon in X/Y version was announced before release too, that took away one of the best things in Pokemon, the discovery of new ones while playing. I like the feeling I get when I discover new things in games myself for the first time.

parkerjames

#141

parkerjames said:

I don't mind, as long as its optional. The toys should be different Nintendo characters other than what's already in the game. I really don't want to buy little figurines so I can play as Mario or Link..

Volmun

#142

Volmun said:

@ultraraichu lol yeah -_- unfortuntly ppl are in ther own ignrant bubbles... also i do wonder how menny ppl here have actualy PLAYED Skylanders and Disny infinty... i own both games (all 6 skylander games 3 home concle games 3 3ds games)

kamifox1

#143

kamifox1 said:

@Volmun Yep, exactly. A lot of people here seem to be just judging based on what they've seen on Youtube/adverts and what all the other bashers say instead of their own experiences.

JtotheY

#144

JtotheY said:

Damn they should've definitely kept this news to themselves, immediately people are saying they won't be buying the game, without any of us knowing how the figurines will be implemented. I'm sure it won't affect the core of the game, too much of a risk to be doing that to an already succesful franchise. It could be key to launch some big new franchise a little more on the casual side though.

ultraraichu

#145

ultraraichu said:

@kamifox1 @Volmun I wonder the same thing. It's the same with the Pokemon Rumble U figurines. Most people compared it to Skylanders and Infinity without even playing them, much less learn what it does and how necessary it is.

Peach64

#146

Peach64 said:

I'll of course wait for them to demonstrate it, but I know right now I won't be buying any toys. I just don't have the room for all that plastic tat around my house. If that means missing out on content, I'll stick to the 3DS version.

Diddy_kong

#147

Diddy_kong said:

If this means that the game will be ANYTHING like Skylanders than count me out. I'm turning 27 in June and I am not buying toys in order to access content that is already on the disc.

If these toys are merely optional than that's entirely different. I will simply ignore that optional content, much like I ignore the GamePad when the Pro Controller is an option.

Sherman

#149

Sherman said:

I think it could be something like:

  • We've this 5 DLC packs, We've this 10 Nintendo character figurines.
  • You can buy any DLC on the eShop or you can buy any figurine, scan it and chose between any of the DLC.
  • Why is it better to buy a figurine instead of the DLC? Because that same figurine would be used in some other Nintendo games as well.

I think this would be a really smart move.

themac2001

#151

themac2001 said:

@ikki5 Most of my friends already have League :P But a positive is that we all get each other gifts XD. I will admit I guilty of being addicted to some skins... I'm looking at you Super Galaxy Rumble. Also, I will give them my money, but only if I feel that I am good at the champ.
I try and get my skins on sale anyways and I prefer getting RP using prepaid cards. That way I know that not all the money goes to Rito.
Oh and by the way, if you are in Europe, what is your summoner name? Maybe we could have a game sometime!

Lunapplebloom

#152

Lunapplebloom said:

So not totally confirmed now, but still possible...

Well I would like to see what could come of this NFC stuff, just so long as they proceed with caution. To make it mandatory could upset a whole bunch of people, though could see it used for small add on things that don't matter. have to wait and see

I know one thing though, I'm gonna buy all those figures eventually... :P

hylian-pudding

#153

hylian-pudding said:

I wouldn't oppose to using the figurines :D I wonder how Nintendo will use them in the game. I hope they (figurines) only add extras and are not necessary to the core gameplay, because that might throw off some people who aren't willing to spend the extra money.

ikki5

#154

ikki5 said:

@themac2001 Sorry, I am in NA. I did have a EU champ for when the NA servers went down but I don't remember what it was and also, it was only level 6 :P

Mega719

#156

Mega719 said:

When i saw the headline i was like "Uh oh leak credibility! " but it's not confirmed yet

Nintendo_Ninja

#157

Nintendo_Ninja said:

If it isn't mandatory, I'll be happy. Those custom move sets are what it will more than likely interact with, and also some added characters.

NintyMan

#158

NintyMan said:

One thing that conflicts with this claim is that the man claimed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would use NFC when Iwata has commented on how the NFP will be usable on 3DS as well as Wii U, so if this is true, it would have to be usable for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as well.

McGruber

#159

McGruber said:

If they do it right this is a good move. The WiiU is In dire straits, and this is their biggest WiiU game so it makes sense to use it and it's vast characters & items to launch NFC

unrandomsam

#160

unrandomsam said:

@DestinyMan The 3DS one was supposed to come out this summer but the actual NFC device for the 3DS is not expected until early 2015. Nintendo never do things that far in advanced. (They could have done some DLC for Tennis Open and then kept the Mario Golf DLC for a year from now but that is not how they work).

NintyMan

#161

NintyMan said:

@unrandomsam: I understand what you're saying and I agree. I just thought that it would be more of an inclusive move on Nintendo's part for NFP to support Smash Bros. 3DS, but if it really is coming in early 2015, then that would be pretty late for additional content for Smash Bros. 3DS. I guess this would just be Nintendo's way of making people get the Wii U version more?

SockoMario

#162

SockoMario said:

People automatically assume that the NFC figures will be just be unlockable characters/content, and they're not buying the Wii U version because of it. Okay, someone tell me where it says the NFC figures will only be for unlockable characters/content? Yeah, it doesn't.

Who knows, the NFC figures will probably be used for customizing your character or something? Also, this news is NOT an official conformation. If this does turn out to be true that SSBWiiU will use NFC, I REALLY hope that they also do it for the 3DS version just to p!ss off the 3DS owners.

Kirk
kamifox1

#164

kamifox1 said:

@SockoMario Or get them to grow up and realise it's here to stay and doesn't necessarily affect anything. I personally think the "I'm an adult therefore I don't want to be seen with toys" mentality is much less mature than just buying the toys either because they like specific characters or they want the in-game content. I bet none of them would complain if it was just DLC.

Andremario

#166

Andremario said:

I think it will be good. Maybe if i can get enough money rounded up i can get the nfp as well as the game for 3ds..this should be interesting to see.Hopefully it works well.

kamifox1

#167

kamifox1 said:

My only concern is that the NFP for 3DS might make it a bit awkward for a handheld, a device that's designed to be carried around. I had the same issue with the Skylanders Portal of Power and anything that uses AR but if it's only a minor feature, then I'll live without for the period when I'm out and about.

Janfeae

#168

Janfeae said:

Why...not even a month away, and gaming companies just cant contain their new info. This E3 was shaping up to be colossal, but a lot of it may be spoiled before it even begins this time..

kamifox1

#170

kamifox1 said:

@Kirk Yes, knowing modern day Nintendo, the people who brought us every Pokemon up to Gen 5 in figurine form for Pokemon Rumble U... Are Volmun and I seriously the only people here who remember that? Or are Skylanders and Disney Infinity the only games to have ever done anything like this now as far as you lot are concerned?

midnafanboy

#174

midnafanboy said:

If the figure unlocks content well then im for it but im not going to buy them just for content.I dont have that much money for it.

JaxonH

#175

JaxonH said:

As a gamer, this is cool and I can dig it.

As a collector, %@## %$@##*** YEAH!!!

KryptoKrunch

#177

KryptoKrunch said:

lol At the people freaking out. We don't even know how the NFC feature will be implemented. My guess is that you can enjoy the game without anything to do with the NFC or the toys. But whatever, if negativity and skipping out on a game because a minor feature makes you happy, so be it.

brandonbwii

#178

brandonbwii said:

@unrandomsam
The only time I ever had a problem with Nintendo's DLC ventures was Rusty's Real Deal Baseball. How exactly do you mean Nintendo makes everything worse?

Retro_on_theGo

#179

Retro_on_theGo said:

You people are worrying over nothing. It hurts my head to see people say they're passing on this game just cause of something that will not be even remotely required.

Genesaur

#181

Genesaur said:

@NintendoMonkey Oh, yeah. Probably true. I was thinking along more obvious lines; it's likely that Nintendo will do what they so often do and pleasantly surprise us.

Trikeboy

#182

Trikeboy said:

This will be why it's taking 6 months longer to develop the Wii U game. Nice try at playing it down Nintendo UK.

MASAHIROSAKURI

#183

MASAHIROSAKURI said:

WOW all these people are making assumptions like they can see the future! HOW about you buy the game and stop whining like a five year old. Unbelievable!!!

Zombie_Barioth

#184

Zombie_Barioth said:

Judging by the way apparently plan to use NFC figurines they could be planning to allow customizable move-sets or who knows what else and that stuff could be transferable to the other games that use the figurines.

As long as its a buy it once and use it indefinitely model it shouldn't be a problem, which seems to be the plan.

As for being too "grown up" for figurines and what not, pulling the age card is also inherently childish. So are a lot of past-times and hobbies to some extent. Being "too old" is the wrong reason to deprive yourself of something.

noctowl

#185

noctowl said:

I almost hope the figures are mandatory just to hear people whine and cry about it. Seriously. If this bothers you that much I'd hate to see how you react when you face a real problem. Heck , a restaurant getting your order wrong would be extremely entertaining.

Gorlokk

#187

Gorlokk said:

You guys remember how in Brawl, each character had a trophy for their Final Smash? What if you could buy NFC figurines for characters that were like those and they gave you access to new final smashes? Remember, there ARE custom movesets!

Judah_83

#188

Judah_83 said:

Between this , HyruleW, Mk8, Pokken(pokemon/tekken), and the inevitable Rhythm Heaven/Wii music U mash up, the sales made from this NFC push to me will be very productive imho and a welcome trifecta +2 lol. This will extend the lifespan of the console. #jetlife #nintendolife

AyeHaley

#189

AyeHaley said:

someone's getting fired!
I so knew this was going to happen, Smash is perfect for it. Thats why they delayed it till winter 2014.

tabris95

#190

tabris95 said:

In other news, Ike was confirmed as a returning character earlier today. I'm rather shocked this site hasn't mentioned it yet.

xerneas

#191

xerneas said:

NFC figures with different skins/clothing and then u can unlock them in the game? Am I right ladies?

xerneas

#192

xerneas said:

I really hope there's gonna be third or even four characters from FE. It would be super lame if there was only Ike and Marth like in Brawl, considering how popular FE:Awakening was...

Kirk

#194

Kirk said:

@kamifox1 "Yes, knowing modern day Nintendo, the people who brought us every Pokemon up to Gen 5 in figurine form for Pokemon Rumble U... "

...and conversely Pokemon Rumble U instead of the real Pokemon RPG game everyone actually wants (maybe even an MMO).

Which goes to my point: They give us lots of stuff we don't really ask for or expect but often not the stuff we actually want.

Now let's see if they get everything right this time with Smash Bros Wii U and this whole NFC integration...

Sean_Aaron

#197

Sean_Aaron said:

I think it will be more similar to what they did with Pokemon Rumble: not tying unlocks to figurines, but adding abilities, making your levelled-up character portable or allowing you to get to use a character more quickly than you could if you unlocked them normally in the game.

Nico07

#198

Nico07 said:

@KodyDawg Same here. Hopefully they are semi affordable ($5-$10). It will be interesting to see how they are used in this and other games. Also if there will be variations on characters, ie Mario and Metal Mario. My guess is we will hear more about them at E3.

Nico07

#199

Nico07 said:

@Smooching It was already revealed NFC characters would come to market before the end of 2014 and be used on various games. Smash is the only Wii U game being published by Nintendo coming out end of year that has been announced. I speculated it would happen.

KodyDawg

#200

KodyDawg said:

@Nico07 Oh yeah, we'll almost definitely see them at E3. But I think having alternates for characters such as Metal Mario would be a bit over the top...But around $10 is fine for the toys. I wonder if we'll see packs that have more than one character like Skylanders and Disney Infinity?

River3636

#202

River3636 said:

I remember when That first sky lander game came out I bought every one of them then I even bought the 3DS Version( not that good) I spent mad money. I haven't bought another sky lander game since. I would have to say I would get addicted to these little figure from smash. But I remember that Pokémon figurine and I was like that's it. They-better make them look good.

NintyMan

#204

NintyMan said:

So no one mentioned that Mr. Bole also claimed Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS would release in October? If he's right about that, then it would have been delayed from Summer 2014. I'm surprised NL didn't mention that in this article.

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