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The Nintendo News You Missed Last Night

Nintendo's getting into the NFC craze, making apps, and more.

In addition to Nintendo revealing it's not making much money yesterday, the company held a financial results briefing where it revealed a bit more about its strategy for the coming months.

This includes a few teases of what we'll be seeing at E3.

Chiefly, in the vein of Skylanders, Nintendo is finally going to take advantage of the NFC chip inside Wii U's Game Pad. The company will release figurines to interact with games on both Wii U and 3DS. Since the 3DS does not have an NFC chip, Nintendo will be releasing an accessory. The development codename for this has been the "Nintendo Figurine Platform."

More details on NFP are coming at E3, and the company specifically said multiple titles are involved. The games and figurine program are expected to launch before the year is over.

Nintendo also confirmed the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are "full-remakes" of the Game Boy Advance games Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.

Nintendo has talked about paying more attention to mobile and tablet devices, even if that doesn't mean answering calls for the company to produce games for them. Instead, Nintendo will launch a web service called Mario Kart TV, allowing users to watch videos, keep track of friends, monitor tournaments, etc.

In an interview with Reuters, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed the company would be looking into releasing new hardware and software specifically targeted at emerging markets. Though details on this initiative are light, Iwata said Nintendo could being rolling this new program sometime next year.

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Posted by csl316

Cool, man. I'm sure once I get some figurines in my new condo, the ladies won't be able to resist!

Very curious what Nintendo's next wave of software will look like.

Edited by mrfluke

that NFC thing, could be cool with smash bros.

Edited by dvdwalker8

There's already too many figurines like this out there and more are on the way from the existing games. This is going to end up being like Guitar Hero and Rock Band battling it out for shelf space at the stores. I have some of the figurines for Infinity and Giants and the quality on them isn't consistent. As a collector, I really have to look at them to make sure the paint isn't all messed up. I'm sure little kids don't care about that aspect but if they want me to collect them, they need to be of a good quality. Not really interested in this Nintendo thing because Nintendo games don't really do anything for me anymore. A Mario figure or something might be cool but if I want that, I'm sure there's other better collectibles like that already out there.

Posted by Sargon

So let me get this straight, we transition to digital media to eliminate useless discs and boxes, then replace them with other unnecessary items that consume even more space?

Edited by GunslingerPanda

@sargon: They're completely different things. One is a figurine that you can buy, or not, that's cool; the other is a formerly ancillary method of holding data that is now obsolete.

Posted by CaLe

The death throes of a Colossus won't leave your heart free from pangs.

Posted by Spitznock

Nintendo seems to be the go-to punching bag for a lotta folk, but I'm still rootin' for em.

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Posted by BreakfastKing

@dvdwalker8: That's my worry. I'm totally digging Disney Infinity and look forward to new stuff from that, but I'm worried over-saturation will kill it for everyone.

That said, it's not impossible that this is just going to be the future of toys. Maybe this is what saves Nintendo as well as the toy industry.

Posted by King9999

I'm guessing Nintendo will be releasing some sort of micro console. I'm curious as to what kinds of games they will make for these emerging markets, though.

Edited by kcin

@gunslingerpanda: They are not completely different things. With these figurines, they've simply turned down the storage size and turned up the aesthetics, making them appealing in a different way than classic storage media. It's still a data storage device, it just has a different kind of value to some people. The choice to buy them or not which you present isn't a choice if you want to use the data they hold; they don't simply sell DLC characters of Disney Infinity figurines in lieu of purchasing the figurines themselves, and I doubt that Nintendo will, either.

Posted by Kentobi

Funny how popular opinion (and mine, for that matter) is "Hey, if Nintendo didn't make hardware, imagine the effort they could put behind games!" And now, Nintendo's thought is "Hey, what if we had more hardware....!"

Posted by Brenderous

Oh jeez.. if there are going to be Nintendo NFC figurines to collect.. oh jeez you guys I don't know. This could be bad for me.

Posted by vonFlampanker

This headline isn't going to make any sense tomorrow.

Posted by Frump

Nintendo will be fine. This is all really lame though and I couldn't be less interested. I guess the Wii u was their "core gamer" initiative and it failed, so here we are, catering to kids and phone game people.

Posted by OneManX

This is nuts... Nintendo originally turned down Skylanders before they went to Activision.

And instead of having the deathgrip on market, here they come with a probably ok, version of their own.

Edited by GunslingerPanda

@kcin: False on many levels, but I have a feeling this is just a manifestation of the blind hive-mind dislike for Nintendo rearing its bull-headed mug again, so whatever.

Posted by Crunchman

Pokemon. I'm talking about trading cards with RFID chips in them, Poké Balls, AR Pokemon battles with your 3DS. Gotta catch 'em all, man. Chase the dragon, Nintendo.

Edited by Benmo316

This could be interesting. Using NFC figures for multiple titles has my interest. But seriously, that's the lamest code name I've ever seen.

Edited by HammondofTexas
@mrfluke said:

that NFC thing, could be cool with smash bros.

I remember having all the characters/items from Smash Bros as those virtual figurines and how you could do a 3D rotate around them. Just make all of those NFC style toys a la Skylanders.

But let's be serious here for a moment, this is all a distraction so that we forget about Frog Fractions 2.

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Posted by Mechanized

I don't get the point of this. Skylanders has characters gated by means of purchase to unlock them in the game. Nintendo characters are all part of long running franchises, you can already play as them in games. There are already a ton of mash up games involving all the key characters as well. What exactly can they do with this that would be interesting?

Posted by Crunchman
Edited by Stimpack

I think all of this sounds terrible and dirty. I feel like this is going to lead to people paying $5 a pop to unlock new beds in Animal Crossing. This seriously feels like the last thing Nintendo needs. It might be great for getting kids to hassle their parents, but I can't believe this will turn out well.

Also, for all the crap everyone talks about the space requirements of physical media, how is keeping a bunch of action figures going to be any better?

Edited by SupberUber

Mortal Kombat TV will be a reality, finally!

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

Does this mean Zoe Quinn is a certified second-party Nintendo developer?

Posted by Chicken008

Instead of NFC toys Nintendo should make more Pikmin 3 DLC. :D

Posted by XplusY

NFC Pokemon?

Catch them all for $9.99 USD each!

Posted by NecroNeko
Posted by scottygrayskull

NFC and Pokemon remakes?

No thanks. I know plenty of people will eat that shit up, but I'll pass.

Posted by Eribuster

I'm interested in how Nintendo will approach with their NFP figurines.

While it is easy to think the worse, keep in mind Nintendo's approach with DLC and microtransactions. At their worse with Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS), they are offering a $15 season pass for a $30 game that clearly details the additional courses and characters the DLC will give you in exchange for money. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball crafts a narrative around the free-to-play and microtransaction experience that engages the player and offers (pre-programmed) discounts. The Streetpass Plaza DLC has a slimy, humorous sales bunny that contextualizes the transaction. And for New Super Mario Bros 2, Nintendo has made it painfully clear that the DLC they made for that game was made after the main game was finished.

Given the above history, we have good reason to hope that Nintendo will make their NFP figurines a compelling and reasonable addition to their games.

Or they might just fuck it all up.

Posted by Winternet

"New hardware"? Huh.

Posted by Eribuster

"New hardware"? Huh.

Get ready for the iQue 2!

Edited by joshwent

...and a single digital tear runs down R.O.B.'s plastic cheek.

Posted by Chicken008

@xplusy said:

NFC Pokemon?

Catch them all for $9.99 USD each!

Poemon Rumble U uses NFC. The toys are only $4, though there are only 23 of them.

Edited by LordAndrew

@winternet: Probably that single-screen 3DS I've been hearing so much about.

Edited by Moonshadow101

Anyone else assume that this was going to be about that other Nintendo thing that just happened?

Posted by swat200

Iwata proving even more that he has no idea what he is doing, and sinking Nintendo in the process.

Posted by Rejizzle

"New hardware"? Huh.

All Hail the Virtual Boy!

Edited by JoeyRavn

Honestly, I don't care what Sony or Microsoft do at E3 (and generally speaking, ever). Nintendo has already won in my heart.

Posted by BigD145

@sargon: Worse, we are working towards putting the old cartridges in our bodies with expensive surgery and guess what happens when your cartridge is no longer supported.

Posted by SteamRickroller

I just got to ask: if there was a NFC chip in the GamePad, then why the FUCK didn't Activision and Disney bother using it for Skylanders and Disney Infinity?

But that doesn't matter because RUBY/SAPPHIRE REMAKES AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW YEEEEEAAAAAAAAH

Posted by RudeCubes

@steamrickroller: Because for those you need the figures on top of that chip constantly, meaning you can't use it as a controller. Also you can only fit one figure at a time.

Posted by Toug

*knocks everything off a shelf in preparation for buying a million smash bros toys*

Edited by Cold_Wolven

This could be cool and I'm intrigued about what the games surrounding these figurines will be like which by rights Nintendo should do even better than its competitors.

Posted by evxan

Fuck all this. If you're gonna remake stuff nintendo, give me a wi-fi/4g GBA.

Posted by Zainyboy

Well whatever it takes to keep them in business. The world needs Nintendo.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Andorid phones are ready to party with Nintendo.

Edited by Hawkerace

Just make games, god damn.

Posted by ThatPrimeGuy

If they don't give them the Smash Bros-like bronze base on the bottom and call them "Trophies" they fucked up.

THEY.
FUCKED.

UP.

(Also the funeral for my wallet is on Sunday)

Edited by freakin9

Note to gamers: Grow the fuck up fast before you are knee deep in Nintendo NFP debt.

I'm sure whatever they have planned for these emerging markets it will be cute, and adorable. That's pretty much all they seem to know how to do. "Got children? Are you a child yourself? Are you a adult that never grew up? Well we've got something for allll those markets!"

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