Nintendo announced recently that they are taking the leap into the NFC figure market when they showed off a picture of a Mario statue. This dive into a market run by Skylanders and Disney Infinity is a crowded one, but is something many Nintendo fans, including myself, have been clamoring for for some time now. If done correctly, this move could breathe a new life into Nintendo, the Wii U and every IP this NFC statue market touches.
Now, how could this idea succeed? I have a few theories. First off, Nintendo could include ROM’s of the included character’s original game. For example, if you were to buy a Link NFC figure, you would get the first Legend of Zelda game for your Wii U as well. How Nintendo could set this over the top is something that has me giddy as well.
Now let’s say you also bought a Kirby NFC figure. Well now that you have The Legend of Zelda and Kirby’s Dreamland downloaded, by scanning these figures in different games, you could implement a new character in a different game world. For example, if you’re playing Kirby’s Dreamland and you scan the Link figure, you’ll be able to drop in and play as a fully functional Link in Kirby’s universe.
This is an idea that would resonate with Nintendo fans across the world and even the gaming community as a whole. Personally, I know that if this came out and was functional just as I described it, there is no question I’d go out and purchase every figure.
One thing that I did not bring up in the above video is the option that Nintendo could use these figures to sell DLC. Want Bowser Jr. in your Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros game? Well have no fear! Just buy this reasonably priced figure and once it’s scanned in, he’s yours for the keeping. This would be a killer way to sell both DLC and Nintendo merchandise at the same time.
Lastly I would like to comment on how great of an idea this is. The reason I think that Skylanders is so successful is due to the fact that the player of the game feels a sort of ownership over their character. This is an idea that I think would serve Nintendo VERY well. To have a Kirby or a Samus that you have played over 5 different games and is some how symbolic of that is something that I personally think is an awesome idea.
I know that Nintendo can do this the right way. If they don’t rush it, this could be a huge selling point for the Big N. If they tale their time and create an imaginative, intriguing way to use these, then they will have an enormous success on their hands. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.