Nintendo confirms NFC will be in Wii U Smash Bros

We still haven’t heard much about Nintendo‘s promised NFC technology, but – as many of us suspected – it looks like the feature will be implemented in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Nintendo's NFP project

Nintendo’s NFP project

The news comes to us via French newspaper Le Figaro, who spoke to Stephan Bole, managing director of Nintendo France about the company’s plans for E3 2014, just two weeks away:

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

So. What is NFC? Near-field communication is the wireless data technology that’s used in games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, and Nintendo recently announced that it would be dipping its toes into the potentially lucrative market.

The Wii U gamepad already features an NFC sensor (horribly underused by most games), and the publisher is planning a wireless adapter allowing 3DS gamers to get in on the action as well. The first NFP compatible games (that’s Nintendo Figurine Platform) are set for release on Wii U by the end of the year, coming to 3DS some time in 2015.

At time of writing, we don’t know quite how Super Smash Bros will use NFC – an obvious theory is that each character may get its own figurine – but we’re all hoping for some sort of a big reveal at E3 early next month.

Bole also confirmed other games that will be on show at the expo, including Bayonetta 2, Skylanders: Trap Team, Disney Infinity 2.0, Sonic Boom, Zelda Hyrule Warriors and the troubled Wii U version of Watch_Dogs.

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