Nintendo reveal a new concept to bring home the sales, wireless technology figurines

Nintendo has recently revealed plans for NFC figurines hoping to redeem themselves from poor sales in the past annual year. The toy allows for wireless interaction between itself and the game, aiming to enhance the overall experience on both the Wii U and 3DS. The company has had success with many iconic franchises in the past years, including Super Mario Bros, The Zelda series and Pokémon. Nintendo hopes to provide seamless interaction between fantasy and reality with their latest concept. 

Although the product is in early development Nintendo has stated its compatibility with multiple software titles. The figurines can rank up and be trained, as well as customized in-game. In addition Nintendo are set to introduce new characters and personalities designed solely for the wireless platform.

The Nintendo 3DS is not compatible with the technology used in the figurines, however a small adapter hopes to allow for communication through infrared sensors. This product aims to be on sale by early next year, so don't be expecting to see it in your local store any time soon. More information on specific details will be revealed at the E3 Conference in June. 

The Wii U has showed poor sales recently, cutting their predicted shipments from nine million to just two million. Nintendo has stated they must "take risks and come up with interesting ways to use our characters" in a bid to reinstate themselves in the gaming industry. This may prove particularly hard with the recent boom of the Xbox One and Playstation 4, however a collectible figurine line-up may attract other consumers into siding with Nintendo in the future.

Source: Nintendo | Image via Nerdacy

 

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This might be a real money-maker for Nintendo. It sounds like might be targeted to the type of people who spend hundreds of dollars on skylanders. Charge more for physical devices/toys instead of just building the content into the game or simply delivering all that content digitally through the eShop at any time.

Disney Infinity is better than Skylanders

Would of rather had an announcement of 'Nintendo Fusion' console & handheld though
(and don't use 'wii' in the name and do some decent marketing too)

Simon Fowkes said,
Disney Infinity is better than Skylanders

Would of rather had an announcement of 'Nintendo Fusion' console & handheld though
(and don't use 'wii' in the name and do some decent marketing too)

I heard the opposite, however, I've not played it. Neither interest me. If I were to go out and buy one, I do my homework 1st before I purchased. The partial isolation of characters to character worlds (and restriction in some area's on character mixes) in Diseny's vs Skylander's open world was one of the factor's why Skylander's was doing better.

Toy box in Disney infinity is really cool, bit like sandbox type game / minecraft but with no blocky graphics and Disney IP.

But the figurines and power discs, etc... are bit like paying for download content! :-(

And as a Dad a cash cow for Skylanders/Disney Infinity, now Nintendo want to do the same with NFC - good grief :-)

just make a console with fun games!! loved the snes and n64 days

if they released a small, powerful cheap console which played games like the good old days I'd be all over it......and yeah, that means I also want a light gun!

Probably is I still associate them with childish low quality gfx games since the original Wii and lack.of.hdmi
Only way to redeem themselves = holographic games and interactions

Simon Fowkes said,
wii-u has hdmi upto 1080p and can do 60fps
(unlike another current gen console - that could be mentioned...)

Not that hard with last-gen graphics (low poly count, low texture resolution,...)
Just because you can render/output at FullHD it's not magically up-to-date graphics...

Check out Mario Kart 8 graphics look pretty cool imao

its not last gen, has better graphics than ps3 / xbox 360, ok not as good as ps4/xbone so what, the next nintendo will have better graphics than ps4/xbone

And the PC has the best / fastest / highest res (4k) but no Nintendo exclusives, so it is about the games and not just the most realistic graphics.

Maybe I am getting old, but I miss the graphics from the 16bit era! :-)

Simon Fowkes said,
Maybe I am getting old, but I miss the graphics from the 16bit era! :-)

Are you missing the graphics or the games? :D

The wii-u does have decent graphics it's got a nice AMD Radeon GPU and if the 3 core PowerPC / RISC CPU (running @1.2ghz each = 3.4ghz together + 2gb of DDR3 ram and 32mb EDO pipeline graphics memory) is used correctly (wakeup lazy x86 dev's)...

Probably too much information up there?!

P.S. EA's Need For Speed Most Wanted U on the wii-u is a ps3/xbox 360 port with PC textures and looks gorgeous and plays really fast too! Check out the utube video and you will see some great graphics on the wii-u.

That's it I'm done, goodnight and thank you for listening... :-)

mastercoms said,
Nintendo doesn't have anything except gimmicks and their franchises. This is why they're doomed.

And that's the same reason which they nailed a money printing device called: Wii

We don't want to partner with you on Skylanders, Activision. We want to outright use the concept for ourselves. Thanks for the inspiration!

The company has had success with many iconic franchises in the past years, including Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon.

Errr. Sonic?!


Bonfire said,
For heaven's sake, stop with the silly gimmicks. No wonder your sales are tanking.

We may think it doesn't sells, or have skylanders off our radar, but it's very successful and uses an add-on like this. If this allows it, or say Disney's not a successful knock to work on the 3ds, this device may sell it self. If you make it pretty open format, say NFC wireless standard you have the potential to do a lot.

This is potential, time will tell if it becomes a success or not. If they leverage Nintendo character(s) branding, and not make Disney's mistake's, this could be a hit.

Jason Stillion said,

We may think it doesn't sells, or have skylanders off our radar, but it's very successful and uses an add-on like this. If this allows it, or say Disney's not a successful knock to work on the 3ds, this device may sell it self. If you make it pretty open format, say NFC wireless standard you have the potential to do a lot.

This is potential, time will tell if it becomes a success or not. If they leverage Nintendo character(s) branding, and not make Disney's mistake's, this could be a hit.


Remember the e-reader? NO.
Welcome to e-reader version 2.

Thief000 said,
In its defense, Skylanders has done pretty well.

It's done well but it's just another object that gathers dust beside the dust gathering Wii. All my nephews absolutely loved Skylanders and spent a fortune on it.. but it was short lived and they quickly moved on to other games as they quickly mature from skylander figures.

Yes, there needs to be something that keeps it fresh instead of just another gimmick that loses interest. Maybe Nintendo could let players do more with those figurines, like AR games for example.

At 6.1 million units sold, not too bad and more than another current gen console - but yes should be at lot more
Price has dropped to £200 in the UK (Tesco and some other on-line sellers)

It also includes Mario Kart 8 and a free game to download , so that should help to shift a lot more wii-u consoles