Wii U NFC in Rayman Legends trailer only a tech demo

Creative director Michel Ancel believes new console's NFC capabilities could allow for "innovative" gameplay, but no plans yet.

A trailer for Wii U game Rayman Legends suggested the title would leverage the system's near-field communication (NFC) technology, allowing users to place objects on the GamePad to beam them into the game. However, creative director Michel Ancel has clarified the situation, saying the trailer was only displaying a possible feature, not something concrete.

"We didn't announce this officially and it was more the kind of experiment we do when working on new hardware like the Wii U," Ancel told the Official Nintendo Magazine. "We had prototypes of this and we believe that having real objects manipulating gameplay could be quite innovative. But again, this was a prototype and we won't discuss it until it's ready to demonstrate its full potential."

None of the dozens of Wii U launch titles take advantage of the Wii U GamePad's NFC technology. This includes Activision's Skylanders Giants, which instead uses its own Portal of Power to bring real-world objects into the game.

Rayman Legends was originally intended to launch in November, but is now expected in early 2013.

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26 comments
mastertien123
mastertien123

Wonder why they don't release this sequel for Ps vita . Cuz Ps vita can do almost as much as the Wii U controller ( maybe more with the rear touch panel )

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

Figures? No thank you.Now if you offered NFC Chip or AR Cards as promos or cheap booster packs, then that will gain my interest.What I really want to see is someone make a Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, or Kaijudo (event though I never played the 1st or last ones) that can scan the card number via the camera and spawn the card on screen, with the GamePad as your side of the field. This would allow those that already have collections or decks to duel worldwide or against the CPU without having to change strategies because the game is not up to date. Also DLC for NFC or AR cards would be appreciated.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

I wish they would make it for the other consoles to.  

Breyant
Breyant

Why do they say "Wii U Exclusive content" when the whole game is exclusive content?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Does the NFC in the gamepad serve any purpose at the moment... or even in the near future? Seems like a waste to me. A wasted feature that we are paying for, it would seem. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

I'm fine with whatever your creative decisions are, Michel. In Ancel I trust! :P

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Vita version would be nice? Rayman Origins to this is day is the highest rated Vita title and the capabilities offered by the Wii U controller are present in the Vita, it'd work well.

Celsius765
Celsius765

they better not put nfc in this game. skylanders was enough. that game is an insult to spyro fans

Frunzo
Frunzo

wait one minute!? No Fat Chicks in this game?

NINEINCH-Tool
NINEINCH-Tool

god these Wii-u commercials featuring college-aged hipster douchebags are really embarrassing....they really don't know how to market this thing over here...shows how much respect these representatives have for their product.

endorbr
endorbr

"We believe that having real objects manipulating gameplay could be quite innovative."  For sure.  If you're a company that likes milking parents out of their money by convincing their 8 year old children with commercials that they need to collect all the stupid little "action" figures that are a required part of your game.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I hate this idea. Who the **** wants to keep little figurines around their room? Would have been badass back when I was a kid but now I need more practical features.

 

If this game is as good as Origins it would be tempting to buy a Wii U for it.

baxwam
baxwam

I cant wait for this game ^^

128demon
128demon

just like the PvP feature in Diablo3 ?

norman_99
norman_99

Wait, so the ad shows that you can do this, but you can't actually do this? Could that be considered false advertising?

desert_thief
desert_thief

Maybe they'll implement this feature before they launch the game.

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

 @BreyantI'm almost sure that they are releasing this for the 360 as well, but I may be wrong. I know they released Origins on the 360 and it has done really well on that system.

ggregd
ggregd

 @NINEINCH-Tool First of all, i reject the assertion that Nintendo should market to kids if that's what you're implying.  

 

That said, you must not watch a lot of kids TV.  I do because I have young kids, and I swear to God they always put college-age guys in commercials for boys toys and teenage girls in commercials for girls toys.  Marketron 5000 must have determined that somehow it appeals more to kids that way.

 

BTW PS Vita commercials are all filled with college age hipsters too.

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

 @ArabrockermanX You may not be a little kid anymore, but do you know who IS a little kid right now?... KIDS!

jyml8582
jyml8582

 @128demon oh yeah, i completely forgot about that lol. bad game's just bad.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @norman_99 If I remember right this trailer was leaked without their permission. If anything, they should be the ones suing lol

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @norman_99 

Not really because it says "concept" trailer, meaning that no promises are being made.

NINEINCH-Tool
NINEINCH-Tool

Wii-U shouldn't be pigeonholed, and commercials shouldn't curtail to some demographic...it underplays the attention span of the observer. Yes, I don't watch tv, I don't even have cable or satellite hooked up to my room (as the rest of the house does). I may be too cynical but I dislike these designations and categorizations that come from marketing....I'm a college aged douchebag and they're traipsing on my lawn damn it!!!