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Rayman Legends director: Wii U NFC could be quite innovative

Wii U feature needs to demonstrate its full potential before developers make use of it

There is an NFC button on the Wii U GamePad but although none of the Wii U launch games will make use of this near field communication function, Rayman Legends Creative Director Michel Ancel believes it could result in innovative games in the future.

An early Rayman Legends video showcased NFC with players placing objects on the GamePad to bring them into the game, but Ancel told Official Nintendo Magazine that this was just an experiment.

"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," said Ancel. "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."

As Ancel mentioned, NFC can be used to bring real objects into a game. Skylanders makes use of NFC with its toys and portal of power. However, Skylanders Giants won't be making use of the GamePad's NFC function with developers Toys For Bob preferring to make use of their own Portal Of Power.

You can read the full interview with Michel Ancel in issue 89 of Official Nintendo Magazine.

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  1. Nintendalek42 Monday 26th Nov 2012 at 17:08

    Judging by the fact that the game has been delayed, and that the game using the NFC looked suspiciously like Rayman Legends, I'm gonna bet we do get to spawn Rabbids in Rayman Origins using figures :D !

  2. goldtanooki Monday 26th Nov 2012 at 20:12

    Judging by the fact that the game has been delayed, and that the game using the NFC looked suspiciously like Rayman Legends, I'm gonna bet we do get to spawn Rabbids in Rayman Origins using figures :D !


    and beat them up before they start screaming *rabbid screams* get here you little..!

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