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Nintendo developing NFC figures, 3DS reader, compatible across multiple titles

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Posted on May 8, 2014 AT 12:00pm

Nintendo is developing a line of NFC figurines and an NFC reader for their handheld that will be compatible with multiple future Wii U and 3DS titles, president Satoru Iwata revealed.

“To establish new and growing areas through the active utilization of character IP, it is important for Nintendo to take risks ourselves and come up with interesting ways to use our character IP,” Iwata said in the company’s financial results briefing for the fiscal year ended March 2014. “In other words, other than using character IP in Nintendo’s videogame software, we need to start a new business that will someday become one of our core activities. “

The figurines, Iwata goes on to state, can be purchased and collected individually, but will be compatible across multiple titles coming in the future. And while Wii U is the only Nintendo platform equipped with a built-in NFC reader (the technology behind Pokémon Rumble U), the company is currently developing an NFC reader/writer for the 3DS in order to capitalize on its 43 million–plus units sold and make the NFP initiative applicable across both current Nintendo systems.

According to Iwata, their line of Skylanders-esque figurines will launch “during this year-end sales season.”

Source: Nintendo

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