It’s been a busy couple of days for Super Smash Bros. fans: NFC figure functionality was announced for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., Ike was confirmed as the newest character on the roster, and Nintendo will be releasing ‘Gamecube inspired’ controllers in time for Super Smash Bros.’ release this holiday season.
On May 23, 2014, Ike was confirmed on the official Smash Bros. website, with screenshots from both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. He was first introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii as a powerhouse character: slow, and with poor recovery options, but able to defeat opponents with heavy attacks and a ridiculously long reach. It’s unconfirmed if his style will change in any way, or if he will receive movelist updates, not unlike characters such as Kirby, Sheik, and Zelda. Ike also sports his new design from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, rather than the design used in not only Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, but Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Meanwhile, Stephen Bole, Managing Director of Nintendo France, had a few words with French paper Le Figaro confirming the use of NFC technology with the new Super Smash Bros.
“E3 will be an opportunity to show the use of NFC technology on Nintendo consoles,” Mr. Bole said, “NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.”
This type of NFC technology, for now dubbed “Nintendo Figure Platform” (NFP), boasts the ability to be able to raise or train your own in-game Nintendo character using NFC figurines, and will be compatible with multiple games for both the Wii U and 3DS. Compatible games for the Wii U are due out by this holiday season, while functionality with the 3DS won’t be introduced until 2015. How will this be implemented in-game, though? Nobody knows. It’s reported that the game will be playable at E3, and will have the specifics of NFP functionality revealed to consumers and press alike then.
Alongside the figures, another peripheral will be introduced by the end of this year: The Wired Fight Pad, for the Wii U. Inspired by the Gamecube controller, this boasts a close similarity in shape and form, standing as an alternative for the lack of gamecube controller functionality with the Wii U. These controllers will feature different Nintendo characters, such as Mario and Princess Peach, and you’ll be able to plug them directly into the wiimote, not unlike the Wii Classic Controller.
Nintendo and PDP will be working in-tandem on this project, and the controller will be available for $24.99 USD at launch.
Super Smash Bros. will be released for both the Wii U and 3DS: the 3DS version is slated for this summer, while the Wii U version will come out this Holiday Season.