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Nintendo's full NFP plans detailed in English (E3 reveal, figurine talk, NFC usage and more)


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.

In other words, other than using character IP in Nintendo’s video game software, we need to start a new business that will someday become one of our core activities.

As Nintendo’s first step we have decided to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality that are compatible with video games starting from this year-end sales season.

We are calling the figurines by their development codename, NFP, which comes from “NFC Featured Platform” and “Nintendo Figurine Platform.”

What is especially unique about NFP is that it is not classed as an accessory product of a certain software title but as a platform itself.

And it has been designed to be compatible with multiple software titles for Nintendo platforms.

In other words, the figurines, which consumers can buy and collect, are going to work with multiple software titles to be released in the future, and we are aiming to develop more software titles compatible with the figurines.

Nintendo has a lot of well-known character IP that has originated in video games, and we have been regularly releasing titles from game franchises that make use of this character IP. This is why I believe a brand-new type of platform will be born when the character IP becomes compatible with NFP.

NFP has a writer function as well as a reader function, so it can not only tell what character figurine is on the Wii U GamePad, but also a compact amount of data unique to each game can be written into it and read from it. That is to say, you will be able to customize your NFP to raise or train your own Nintendo characters, for example.

At E3 to be held in L.A. this June, we will announce which titles are compatible with NFP, display NFP products and disclose more specific information about NFP, which will be launched during this year-end sales season.

Currently, Wii U is the only video game platform with a built-in NFC reader/writer function. However, I understand that some of you may be worried that the market for NFP, a platform that will work with a number of software titles, will not grow large enough when it is compatible only with Wii U. If we can make a good use of Nintendo 3DS, which has already sold over 43 million units, however, this assumption will greatly change.

Nintendo has been developing an NFC reader/writer for the Nintendo 3DS family, as you can see on this slide, and we are planning to launch it in the first half of the next calendar year. This will make Nintendo 3DS compatible with the NFC reader/writer via infrared communication, and as a result, you will be able to read and write NFC data with the Nintendo 3DS device in the palm of your hand. That is to say, NFP is going to be compatible with Wii U software from this year-end, and compatible with both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software from next year.

With the launch of this new product genre, NFP, which will be compatible with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, is going to serve as the first example of actively utilizing our own character IP.

At the same time, there are not only going to be decorative boxes for video game hardware and packages for software, but also Nintendo character figurines displayed on store shelves. This will provide exposure for Nintendo, play a great role in raising our brand awareness and create more opportunities for consumers to play video games.

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08 May 2014 01:45

My immediate thought was this would work for Nintendo themed sports games. You have a game representing each popular sport and you can use the character roster on the disc, or you can use a figure that you have been using and building up over multiple sports titles. I could also see Nintendo holding special events asking people to bring in their best figure to compete in a multi-sport tournament.

Another thought, I wonder if this will be used for whatever new Mario game they are working on?
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08 May 2014 01:47

Orian wrote:
Lokamp wrote:
Orian wrote:So, basically it's the GBA Card Reader version 2.0. It will be used all of once and then forgotten about just like every single Nintendo peripheral.


Pfft, I firmly disagree on this. Regardless the fact I had a pretty solid bond with my own e-Reader -the first thing I ever imported from outside my country- this whole NFP plan can at least be remembered for a longer time just because Nintendo IP characters are being used by taking a Disney Infinite/Skylanders approach, which for kids is surely more appealing than scanning cards through a reader for extra GBA content. Which still was fine for me!


Congratulations, you liked a peripheral that received very little use. Did you also like the Wii Zapper, Wii Motion Plus, the Wii Balance Board and the Circle Pad Pro? 'Cause they all received very little support and were forgotten about almost as quickly as Nintendo released them regardless of your opinion of them.


I'm sorry to hear that you bought all of those only to feel like Nintendo gave up on them too soon.......You did buy them right? Or are you just complaining to complain?
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08 May 2014 02:08

Hey, I just punched it my opinion about the situation, which -again- I myself realize is really buyist as I really liked the e-Reader peripherical when I was a child for the Pokémon scannable cards and minigames.

If you guys took my comment as an offensive 'counter-comment' or such, I apologize in advance...
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08 May 2014 02:17

@Cheesus
@andrelol3

The difference here is that you are storing data/leveling the characters up and are able to use them across MULTIPLE GAMES across Wii U AND 3DS (I believe).

Also, did you guys completely miss Pokemon Rumble U? That game had NFC figures. Characters that were ALREADY IN THE GAME. You weren't paying to unlock them. You could get them without ever buying a figurine.

The point of the figures was to store data, so you could use your leveled up Deoxys at a friend's house or, if they made another PR game on Wii U, you could use them there too.

Presumably, this is the same thing, except you can do it in different games.

So it's not "buying a character for a game instead of unlocking it".

It's "buying a customizable version of a character for EVERY GAME".

It's also similar to how you raise a Pokemon on a GBA Pokemon game, and are able to carry it across every generation to date since 3rd, except you could still bring it to every game it was compatible with.

Orian wrote:Congratulations, you liked a peripheral that received very little use. Did you also like the Wii Zapper, Wii Motion Plus, the Wii Balance Board and the Circle Pad Pro? 'Cause they all received very little support and were forgotten about almost as quickly as Nintendo released them regardless of your opinion of them.


You're aware that:
- Wii Zapper (and the Wheel) are just pieces of plastic right? They're not even actual things.
- Balance Board is very much still used, in fact, required, for Wii Fit U.
- Wii Motion Plus is used/required for Wii U games as well.
- Circle Pad Pro was specifically requested to exist by Capcom, if I am not mistaken. So that's not even Nintendo's problem. That said, there are still eShop games coming out that support it, including Moon Chronicles.

The only thing they outright abandoned was the Wii Speak. Everything else you listed is still used today with the exception of the Zapper, which was literally just them selling you plastic.
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08 May 2014 02:33

Lokamp wrote:Hey, I just punched it my opinion about the situation, which -again- I myself realize is really buyist as I really liked the e-Reader peripherical when I was a child for the Pokémon scannable cards and minigames.

If you guys took my comment as an offensive 'counter-comment' or such, I apologize in advance...


It's just the one person, and they seem bitter about Nintendo offering more accessories.
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08 May 2014 02:51

Long overdue but good news nonetheless. I expect Smash, Mario Party (or a Mario sports game) and MK8 (via update), plus possibly a Pokemon game to be the first titles to use this tech.

I wish they'd just call it simply NFC, Nintendo Figurine Collection. Also, they need to use this platform to lure some 3rd party support back in.
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08 May 2014 02:54

@plan9

It makes too much sense to use it for SSB.

But I expect it to be used like Rumble.

So it'd have a full cast, but you could store your customized moves on the figures and bring them to a friend's house to use your moveset.
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08 May 2014 03:38

MoldyClay wrote:@plan9

It makes too much sense to use it for SSB.

But I expect it to be used like Rumble.

So it'd have a full cast, but you could store your customized moves on the figures and bring them to a friend's house to use your moveset.

That would be beast.
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08 May 2014 04:27

Nez wrote:Interesting. Sounds fun. Hopefully they dig deep into their characters list.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. 99% of these figures will be Mario characters including fan favorites like Pink Gold Peach.
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08 May 2014 04:57

Orian wrote:
Lokamp wrote:
Orian wrote:So, basically it's the GBA Card Reader version 2.0. It will be used all of once and then forgotten about just like every single Nintendo peripheral.


Pfft, I firmly disagree on this. Regardless the fact I had a pretty solid bond with my own e-Reader -the first thing I ever imported from outside my country- this whole NFP plan can at least be remembered for a longer time just because Nintendo IP characters are being used by taking a Disney Infinite/Skylanders approach, which for kids is surely more appealing than scanning cards through a reader for extra GBA content. Which still was fine for me!


Congratulations, you liked a peripheral that received very little use. Did you also like the Wii Zapper, Wii Motion Plus, the Wii Balance Board and the Circle Pad Pro? 'Cause they all received very little support and were forgotten about almost as quickly as Nintendo released them regardless of your opinion of them.


Haha what is this BS?
Do you have any idea how many people still use Wii Fit and their board?
Can you even consider the idea that a single game can make an accessory worthwhile because of how great it is? In the case of the motion plus, that would be Skyward Sword. In the case of the circle pad pro, that would be MH3. Plus the motion plus is now included in all wiimotes and used U games as well.
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08 May 2014 05:04

koopaul wrote:
Nez wrote:Interesting. Sounds fun. Hopefully they dig deep into their characters list.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. 99% of these figures will be Mario characters including fan favorites like Pink Gold Peach.

Hahahaha :lol:
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08 May 2014 05:08

Totodile wrote:
koopaul wrote:
Nez wrote:Interesting. Sounds fun. Hopefully they dig deep into their characters list.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. 99% of these figures will be Mario characters including fan favorites like Pink Gold Peach.

Hahahaha :lol:


Don't worry, there will be a Figure of all our favorite Little Pokémon Crocodile as well.



Sandile.
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08 May 2014 05:39

koopaul wrote:
Nez wrote:Interesting. Sounds fun. Hopefully they dig deep into their characters list.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. 99% of these figures will be Mario characters including fan favorites like Pink Gold Peach.


...
I like Pink Gold Peach.
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08 May 2014 05:59

koopaul wrote:
Nez wrote:Interesting. Sounds fun. Hopefully they dig deep into their characters list.

This is Nintendo we're talking about. 99% of these figures will be Mario characters including fan favorites like Pink Gold Peach.


:|
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08 May 2014 09:48

I hate the idea of paying to unlock stuff that I could have unlocked by actually playing the game... but if the games are free to play and need the figurines to unlock stuff, that would be pretty cool. I simply won't pay for a game I can't fully enjoy.
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08 May 2014 10:42

I actually like the idea of this. You buy 1 figurine, can store data on it, and use it across several games on multiple platforms? IMO, that's like DLC done right. Instead of having to buy code for each individual game on each individual platform, your figurine works on several games on 2 platforms. That really does sound a lot more consumer friendly then most of the current cash grab models. It also might give me incentive to actually invest in this.
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08 May 2014 10:53

This has potential, but I guess we'll just have to wait until E3.
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08 May 2014 11:56

The Missing Link

Customize your Smash Bros characters on your Wii U, save them to your NFP figurines, and then load up your customized characters on your 3DS. Maybe we can finally have shared saves between our Virtual Console games through the NFP!
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Anonymous
08 May 2014 11:59

A few games I could see using this:

✔ Mario Kart
✔ Smash Bros
✔ Mario Party
✔ Mario Tennis
✔ Mario Golf
✔ Mario Baseball
✔ Paper Mario
✔ Mario & Luigi RPGs
✔ Super Mario Strikers
✔ Mario & Sonic Olympic games

Am I leaving anything out?

I don't know how I feel about this yet. I tallied up how much I've spent on Skylanders Swap Force for my kids, and it's over $200 USD. It would be one thing if they played it all the time, but now they just want new characters so they can max them out and put the game back down. I don't dig it... but if Nintendo let the characters work in other games, that mixes up the formula a good bit.

I'm interested to see more before making a judgement.
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Anonymous
08 May 2014 12:38

What's "Game C" in the first pic?
A is NSMBU and B is 3D World
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08 May 2014 12:50

We'll see how this is truly implemented, but right now, I'm not a fan. I couldn't be more disinterested in plastic toys being shoehorned into games... Leave that to the Skylanders/Infinity type games. They are a waste of money.
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08 May 2014 12:53

gbpackers31 wrote:We'll see how this is truly implemented, but right now, I'm not a fan. I couldn't be more disinterested in plastic toys being shoehorned into games... Leave that to the Skylanders/Infinity type games. They are a waste of money.


But if you don't NEED them, like in that Pokémon game, they aren't a waste of Money. They are just a option.

Plus, some loves to collect~
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08 May 2014 13:16

@linklonk
I saw the original pic and I think it was Nintendoland.
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08 May 2014 14:10

IINIGMA wrote:A few games I could see using this:

✔ Mario Kart
✔ Smash Bros
✔ Mario Party
✔ Mario Tennis
✔ Mario Golf
✔ Mario Baseball
✔ Paper Mario
✔ Mario & Luigi RPGs
✔ Super Mario Strikers
✔ Mario & Sonic Olympic games

Am I leaving anything out?

I don't know how I feel about this yet. I tallied up how much I've spent on Skylanders Swap Force for my kids, and it's over $200 USD. It would be one thing if they played it all the time, but now they just want new characters so they can max them out and put the game back down. I don't dig it... but if Nintendo let the characters work in other games, that mixes up the formula a good bit.

I'm interested to see more before making a judgement.


Your leaving out Fire Emblem.

I wonder if Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei will support these figures.

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