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Parent Trap: Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Amiibo Charts A Fresh Course In The Toys To Life Sector

Wallets are going to suffer this Christmas

Seen one toy-video-game craze and you’ve seen them all, right? Counter to first impressions Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Angry Birds Telepods each offer a distinct experience. Nintendo’s amiibo characters offer another new way to combine toys and video-games, but how different is it to these other...

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

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

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...

Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

Don't expect a Microsoft-style U-turn from Nintendo

The brief lifespan of Microsoft's Xbox One has been overshadowed by a series of embarrassing turnarounds. First, the company was forced to bow to popular opinion and alter its policy on having an "always on" internet connection, then it quickly changed its stance on indie self-publishing. More...

News: Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but with Nintendo characters

Update: The translated English investor briefing has now been posted, confirming the details outlined below. The provisional names for this range — or 'platform' — of figurines are 'NFC Featured Platform' and 'Nintendo Figurine Platform'. Original Article: With the continuing...

Talking Point: NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

NFC And The GamePad Can Succeed If Nintendo Gives Players Control

Lessons to be learned from successes such as Minecraft and Disney Infinity

This year is vitally important for Nintendo, just like 2013 and 2012, admittedly. 2013 was a strange year in that notable successes and triumphs were overshadowed by missed targets and Nintendo's own disappointment. It was a year of contradictions — 3DS was the...

News: Details and Figurines Continue to Evolve for Pokémon Rumble U

Details and Figurines Continue to Evolve for Pokémon Rumble U

NFC toy sales are super effective!

Pokémon Rumble U — actually translated as Pokémon Scramble U in Japan — arrives on the Wii U eShop in Nintendo's homeland on 24th April. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo will no doubt be hoping that as well as the game itself performing well, it'll get a lot of interest and sales of the accompanying NFC...

News: Pokémon Rumble U Trailer Shows NFC in Action

Pokémon Rumble U Trailer Shows NFC in Action

Details of first set of figurines included

Announced in Coro Coro magazine in February, Pokémon Scramble U, commonly being called Pokémon Rumble U in the West, arrives as a download-only Wii U title on 24th April for 1800 Yen, which at the time of writing equates to just over $18/€14/£12; it continues on from Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare and...

News: Pokémon Scramble U Set To Be The First Wii U Title To Use The NFC Feature

Pokémon Scramble U Set To Be The First Wii U Title To Use The NFC Feature

We can hear our wallets crying

The latest edition of CoroCoro magazine has released some new information on upcoming Pokémon title for the Wii U, Pokémon Scramble U. The game will be released in Japan on the 24th April, and it'll be the first title to utilize the console's NFC (Near Field Communication) feature. NFC allows the player to place...

News: Ubisoft "Can't Disclose" Information About Rayman Legends NFC Connectivity

Ubisoft "Can't Disclose" Information About Rayman Legends NFC Connectivity

Skylanders-style figures were "something we were thinking about", says publisher

Remember that leaked Rayman Legends trailer which appeared to indicate that the game would boast some kind of NFC connectivity with action figures? It turned out to be a case of Ubisoft "thinking out loud" rather than an indication of what the final game will contain,...

News: Don't Expect Any NFC-Ready Games At Wii U Launch

Don't Expect Any NFC-Ready Games At Wii U Launch

None of the day-one titles feature any support for new wireless tech

If you follow the world of cell phones then you'll have heard of NFC (or "Near Field Communication"). It's a big thing in the mobile world right now (despite the fact that Apple has left it out of the new iPhone 5) and Nintendo has been forward-thinking enough to include it in the...

News: Wii U Controller Gets Intriguing New Wireless Technology

Wii U Controller Gets Intriguing New Wireless Technology

Near Field Communication is go

Satoru Iwata revealed to investors that the Wii U controller will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) functions. The wireless technology is commonly used in non-contact transactions such as swiping travel cards and making credit or debit card payments. It's Iwata's description of the technology's applications,...