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.

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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.

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"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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