Super Smash Bros. Wii U will use NFC

An interview from Nintendo France reveals the added NFC functionality for the upcoming Wii U brawler.

According to French website Le Figaro, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is going to take advantage of the system's NFC system.

It's not clear from the quote whether this will involve some kind of tie-in with the recently announced NFP figurine system or some new functionality.

The forum Neogaf dug up the article originally, and a Google translate of the text reveals the interesting quote from Stephan Bole, managing director of Nintendo France: "The NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros."

Outside of Pokemon, Smash Bros. would be the next best way to incorporate collectible Nintendo figurines. We'll likely get full details on what this means at E3, but what do you think of the potential mash-up? Is the possibliity of adding a new characters via NFC a plus? Let us know in the comments below!

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229 comments
t-pez2014
t-pez2014

If Nintendo goes through with this it will completely ruin Smash Bros and ruin there chances of a comeback!! Please don't do it Nintendo! PLEASE!!! 

golemoy
golemoy

I doubt the figures will be required to unlock the characters to play like skylanders. It will probably be optional, you will be able to level up a character, unlock some customization items or abilities, then take that figure to another game and have access to what you unlocked so far.


Also i hope those figures will be smaller and cheaper than skylanders or disney, or else i won't  bother since i already collect skylanders.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Damn you Skylanders for ruining Smash Bros!!!!!!

nurnberg
nurnberg

I had some interest in that game.  After reading, I don't have any interest in it anymore.

ascendedmaster
ascendedmaster

Suddenly I will not be buying a wii u. This is the only game I wanted for it but not if it copies all those stupid Skylander and Disney infinity games... I'm really starting to thinking nintendo is being affected by the radiation leak. Why is it so hard for them to make decent home console the last decade. They keep milking the same characters over and over. Yes I said milking because they are. The only thing keeping them in business in the home is the nostalgia they have from the older gamers

Veenox
Veenox

I have to agree with some other readers : Not mentioning what is NFC in the article makes GameSpot News (once again) looks very bad. Don't assume people know technical terms. I would have guess you guys knew by seeing how much you think we're gullible by spamming the same kind of junk media lately.

meatz666
meatz666

Overusing NFC will be Nintendo's last nail in the coffin.

Hope they don't get carried away with it

Latiran
Latiran

I know i enjoyed buying the Skylander figures but they were pretty expensive, hopefully these ones won't be.

devilzzz2014
devilzzz2014

Not even a game I am considering getting for my Wii U.  I don't understand what is so good about Super Smash Bros. series at all.

Fred316
Fred316

Dear Nintendo,


I can most definitely see where you are going with this, and quite frankly I don't know how I feel about this.

One part of me says: "YEAAAAAH, Figurines, let's go!!!"

Another part of me says: "Please don't abuse my wallet..."


It's a 2-sided thing this, it could really go either way.

After all of these years being a Nintendo-fan, I sure as heck don't wanna give up on 'em, but they are making it really hard for me in the past years. Maybe it's time to focus a little more on new IP's instead of trying to endlessly recycle the same IP's for over decades?


Anyway, Nintendo, please don't make these mandatory. Personally, I couldn't care less, because I'll buy them all for the sucker that I am. But not everyone's got the money, and they sure as hell deserve a good time with Smash Bros as well.


Thanks for listening!

inkeyis
inkeyis

I doubt the NFC will be mandatory, and for those saying the price will be too high for just one game, I'm pretty sure these figures will be used in more than just smash bros, smash bros is just the best and most logical starting point

elunesgraces
elunesgraces

Let's put down those pitchforks guys, we don't even know what it is yet.

sanchango
sanchango

In other smash bros. news. IKE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO RETURN!!!

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Wanna know what NFC stands for?

Nintendo's Furious Comeback. 

poptart28
poptart28

Can't wait for E3. Hopefully will get the full scoop. I suspect nintendo is going to have the best showing followed by Sony.

poptart28
poptart28

I am so getting all these figurines.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

Any confirmation yet on them using the AFC teams as well?? Although I am looking forward to be able to play as Link on the Atlanta Falcons.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

It's amazing the level of ignorance and prejudice many users have against Nintendo. Nintendo has had PLENTY of opportunities to exploit gamers and abuse technology like this and they haven't yet the moment they try to make use of it, you guys automatically assume the worst and start hating on Nintendo, trying to make them look like a horrible company and calling these "physical DLC" when the ONLY thing we know so far is that they're work across multiple titles, which sounds more like a memory card than "physical DLC." Is it really too much to ask to think a little bit before making yourself look like a halfwit?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@t-pez2014

Do you even know the details? No you don't so how are you positive this will completely ruin Smash? One thing that has been made clear is that these will NOT act as physical DLC like Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@ascendedmaster

It's not, it's using the same technology but in a different way. Nintendo did something similar already with Pokemon Rumble U yet the figurines acted as a storage device instead of an actual character. Where in Disney Infinity and Skylanders, you have to buy the figures in order to play as those characters, Pokemon Rumble had all the characters available, the figures were just there to allow you to transfer your data to another system.

1Post
1Post

@ascendedmaster This comment is full of wrong.


Nintendo has made lots of IP's in the past decade. In addition tjeir consoles are very reliable, last long, and use less power.


The "milking" is not rehashes, as the games are very different.


Perhaps you didn't like Nintendo to begin with.

LandauTST
LandauTST

@corrus Actually...not really. First of all, we're not 100% sure they are going to imlpement this. Not to mention, even if they are, we don't know HOW they're going to implement the feature. It may be a feature that can be used within the game, but not required.

One way to kind of explain this is way back when I had an e-Reader. It plugged into the GBA and you could use it on there as well as Animal Crossing for the Gamecube. I bought a bunch of packs of Animal Crossing cards to use. From what I remember, they gave items, patterns, etc. So you could use them with the game, but again, it obviously wasn't required that you do so.

This is just Nintendo trying to be different again. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. In my opinion, they've become too content with trying to be different all the time and too intent with trying to shove what they feel is innovation down people's throats all the time. Again, sometimes it pays off, sometimes it completely backfires miserably. They're always a step behind or just in their own league. They're too stubborn and seem to refuse to do anything within the "norm" of other consoles these days. It's what a lot of gamers want, it's what would save their company, and they don't have to sacrifice everything and change overnight. Not to mention their thing with throwing copyright around on YouTube isn't helping anything when people are just trying to say, "Look! This is a great system. This is a great game." They won't even take the free advertising.

So, again, despite whether or not this is implemented and how it will be implemented if it is, Nintendo has hardly ever been a company based on greed. But they just continue to distance themselves from gamers more and more. Even their most loyal fans. Sad, really.

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

@devilzzz2014  I agree smash brothers is so overrated.  I like pretty much all Nintendo games except this one.  Just don't get it.

1Post
1Post

@Fred316 Nintendo has made new IP's. LOTS of them. Ever heard of Xenoblade Chronicles for one?

And Nintendo does not "recycle the same IP's". They first make a gameplay idea and then see which of their IP's work for them. It creates a new experience even with similar characters. In addition. They sell.

trfe
trfe

Microsoft has put out so much news lately that there is no way they don't blow the doors off.

They have so much content they've been releasing it for weeks.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@poptart28

I hope they're not expensive, I see them being around $9.99-$14.99 depending on their capabilities. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@abHS4L88 It's amazing the level of defense and fanboyism many users have for Nintendo.  Nintendo has had plenty of opportunities to exploit gamers and abuse technology and they've done it.  Fire Emblem DLC pricing?  Continuous hardware refreshes of their handheld consoles after lying and saying they weren't going to?  And the moment they announce that perhaps they're doing it again you guys automatically assume the best and start defending Nintendo, trying to make them look like a wonderful company that has never done anything wrong, even if they're going to start selling physical DLC.  Is it really too much to ask to think a little bit before making yourself look like a fanboy?

ascendedmaster
ascendedmaster

Perhaps I was a bit pessimistic... but I have owned 4 different nintendo systems

1Post
1Post

@CptMorgan21 @devilzzz2014 It's a ton of fun. Its gameplay is excellent. It's enjoyable playing with three other people.

Since so many people love it, it has to say something.

poptart28
poptart28

Can't wait to decorate my gaming room with these.

inkeyis
inkeyis

The guy isn't defending anything, he just said don't assume things from a given statement while knowing nintendo's background with stuff like dlc and other stuff. And he has a point, all the possible zelda expansions or mario levels or pokemon that could've been abused for profit is ridiculous, I'm surprised they haven't (ea and capcom would definitely abuse it and Microsoft would just ditch the wii u gamepad and cover up with lies). I haven't played fire emblem but the one Nintendo game I have with dlc is pikmin 3 and the pricing is done right with a small demo of it, just to be sure.

We don't know what the NFC is for, and we also don't know if it's limited to smash, could be for other games too, if it is necessary for gameplay, then I would get mad, but I'm not assuming anything

Also for handheld hardware, given the amount of iPhone variations or galaxy variations are released, is say Nintendo is fine

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Thanatos2k

ZOMG $4 for a DLC pack? $2.50 for a map? OVERPRICED! But $15 for an extra hour or 2 in a game, that's fine! I like how that's your ONLY example and it's a terrible one at that. 


Yeah, and Sony has done the same, know why? Because handhelds are trickier to design than home consoles because it's something you carry around with you and completely hold onto. So in ANY WAY did Nintendo force you to pick up the 3DS XL? No, how about the 2DS? No, so that's not exploiting gamers or abusing technology. The handheld revisions are meant to appeal to different people, some like their handhelds large, some don't mind paying less for a stripped down version (I plan on getting the Vita slim since the OLED screen is not great appealing to me and I don't really like the feel of the original model). Yet another poor example from you. 


I'm not assuming the best, assuming the best would be like carrying over data from one game and being able to use it in another game, adding a crossover feel and benefiting those who own multiple Nintendo titles, but no, based on the information given, the most likely use of the figurines is that it'll act as some sort of memory card. Sorry I use my brain and don't only see things at a shallow level. 


But of course, because of your small mind, you assume that anyone who actually uses reason when it comes to Nintendo is automatically a fanboy. I don't recall saying Nintendo's perfect and everything they do is wonderful. Please pinpoint a single comment I've made saying that this NFC feature is something amazing, actually don't bother because you can't because I don't make baseless assumptions, something you love to do.

poptart28
poptart28

That is actually the best way to get ahead.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@poptart28

It's fine, I'm broke and not much of a collector anyways. Usually only get collectible items if they come free with the game :D

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@poptart28

I have no such place to put things on display. Right now all collectibles "go straight into my closet" XD. It's a joke I make whenever I get a collectible. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Thanatos2k

And shame on them for that, but I'm noticing you're constantly highlighting these one time mistakes to put Nintendo in a highly negative light. 


I'm saying that pretty much no developer puts out fairly priced DLC yet you choose to say that Nintendo is one of the WORST despite only having one example (that's not even that bad) when almost the rest of the industry is guilty of this (many to a far worse degree than Nintendo). 


By that logic, I can constantly hate on Sony for having horribly online security because of the PSN incident, or say that Microsoft never makes reliable consoles due to the Red Ring of Death regardless of what they've done afterwards because that's pretty much what you're doing with Nintendo. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@abHS4L88 @Thanatos2k You don't have to lie to not confirm that you're making the 3DSXL.  They chose to lie.


Yes, Mass Effect DLC is a scam too.  What does that have to do with Nintendo.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Thanatos2k

Again, I said it's messed up but understandable since the 3DS was selling like crazy and they didn't want to kill momentum by announcing a new model. Also I'm not really defending it considering you made a similar point. They lied so they can continue to sell 3DS's and I just reiterated it. 


It could be cheaper but that's your standard. I wish I didn't have to pay $7 just to experience the true beginning of Mass Effect 3 or $15 to see an important side story of Mass Effect 2, those should've been $2.50/$5. So you're going to keep on ignoring the fact that you can't seem to use any other example outside of Fire Emblem Awakening? 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@abHS4L88 @Thanatos2k gamespot.com/articles/new-3ds-unlikely-nintendo-planning-next-gen-portable-miyamoto/1100-6382311/

Flat out lies.  That is what you're defending. It wasn't just Reggie, it was Shiggy too.  He lied about it JUST BEFORE THEY ANNOUNCED the 3DSXL!

"When you have 8 packs of DLC that add in 24 new episodes, obviously it's going to cost more than actual game itself."

What a crock.  Each of those missions should have been 99 cents MAX.  3 missions for $2.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Thanatos2k

I said Sony did it too BECAUSE it makes sense you halfwit, not because Sony doing it makes it right for Nintendo. I've even clearly explained why handheld revisions are released yet you clearly ignore it because apparently it's reasonable and when it comes to Nintendo, you can't accept anything that's remotely positive, it all has to be negative.


When you have 8 packs of DLC that add in 24 new episodes, obviously it's going to cost more than actual game itself. Once again, why is this your ONLY example? "See Nintendo did it for this ONE game that came out over a year ago, they're terrible and will ALWAYS do it!"


They should've seen it coming, but yeah, it was messed up that Reggie said that they had no plans to revise the hardware of the 3DS, but you've pointed out, they needed to sell 3DS's. Nintendo was being asked during the period where the 3DS had just kicked off in sales, they weren't about to say something that could kill momentum. Granted they didn't have to lie but it's understandable. They're still a business and it's not like the others haven't done their share of lies or cover ups in order to maintain success. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@abHS4L88 @Thanatos2k When your defense is "But Sony did it too!" yeah you know you're in the wrong.  The pricing is near scam levels.  When the total DLC costs adds up to more than the price of the full game it is despicable.

Nintendo didn't force anyone to buy a 3DSXL, BUT they did say they were not making it, DELIBERATELY lying in order to get people to buy a 3DS.  I know Nintendo is full of liars, so I waited, and got a 3DSXL.  You are defending direct blatant lies from Nintendo.  Bravo, fanboy.