As expected, Nintendo has confirmed its NFC figurine platform for the Wii U, and has even given it a funky new name: Amiibo.
During Nintendo's E3 Digital Event, Amiibo was shown in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., where a Mario figure was deployed to assist in battle. Other confirmed figures for the game are Kirby, Yoshi, Pikachi, Peach, Donkey Kong, The Villager, Link, Wii Fit Trainer and Samus.
However, it has been confirmed that the tech will be rolled out to other games, as well as one we're already playing: Mario Kart 8. Future titles to support the figurines include Mario Party 10, Yoshi's Woolly World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.