It’s no secret that Nintendo is planning to unveil NFC-enabled figures at E3 in early June after the company first disclosed their impending release during their last investor earnings report. What wasn’t clear was which Wii U games the figures would be compatible with, though a translated online interview seems to confirm at least one.
According to Stephan Bole of Nintendo France, and translated from Le Figaro by Google Chrome, this winter’s release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be compatible with Nintendo’s new line of NFC-enabled figures. The translation roughly reads, “The NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.”
Nintendo recently announced that the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. would be released this summer while the Wii U version would have to wait approximately six months. No reason was given for the delay; however, if the NFC-compatibility is true, it makes all the sense in the world. Nintendo would need more time with the Wii U version to ensure the figures work properly with the game.
Super Smash Bros. is an ideal candidate for Nintendo’s new line of NFC-enabled figures. The game includes a large roster of high-profile Nintendo characters ranging from Link to Mario to Samus. It’s probably the perfect game to build the new NFC figures line around and I suspect the entire first wave of figures will be represented as fighters in the game.
Nintendo of America was surely waiting until E3 to drop this news and still will. Not everything is spoiled just yet. We don’t yet know what information these figures will be saving or whether the in-game versions of characters will upgrade in any way with new moves, etc. based on what’s stored on the figure’s chip. We don’t know what other games will be compatible with the figures, and there’s always the slim outside chance that Nintendo and Activision will partner up in some way for a Skylanders Trap Team figure to somehow work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. How cool would that be?
There’s still much left for Nintendo to announce at E3 no matter which way you slice it.