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  • Editing Team 17:48 on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Call of Duty: Ghosts Adopts NFC Promotion 


    Video game publisher Activision is using NFC advertising specialist Tapit’s platform to promote its latest blockbuster Call of Duty: Ghosts across Clear Channel’s Australian out-of-home media locations.

    Passers-by who tap their NFC phone to a poster will be able to access a mobile-optimized website containing trailers and character information.

  • Editing Team 09:32 on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New set of NFC Toys for Pokemon Scramble U 


    A new set of near field communication-enhanced toys for the Wii U action game Pokémon Scramble U will come to Japan on May 25. The game has yet to be announced for release worldwide, but it’s a Pokémon game, so you should expect it.

    The second series of toys includes Eevee, Mewtwo, Croagunk, Zoroark, Litwick, and Genesect, and one secret unannounced Pokémon. The NFC figures add playable characters to the game, much in the style of Skylanders.

    In the Pokémon Rumble/Scramble games, all of the playable Pokemon are actually wind-up toy Pokémon – which means these figures are toy versions of toys.

  • Editing Team 17:28 on February 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Nintendo Is Working on NFC Wii U game 

    Nintendo-NFC-Wii-U-game-controller-rfid-blogNintendo is working on the Wii U GamePad controller that features an NFC chip, making it possible to communicate with other objects and devices with NFC chips. The technology is commonly used in smartphones to exchange small bits of data. While we’ve known about the Wii U NFC technology for a long time, there is still not a single game out there which supports it.

    According to Nintendo, the company is now working on a Wii U game with NFC capabilities, and the game is expected to release later this year. A Nintendo spokesperson said that NFC can be used with figures and playing cards, and that the company has something in development.

    None of the 50 games, which are set for release during the launch window, support the NFC feature. The first game with the idea was Rayman Legends, which was revealed in an early trailer, but the game will not support NFC when it is released next month.

    Nintendo has several Wii U games scheduled for release this year that could possibly see the implementation of NFC. One of those games is Bayonetta 2, another is Wii Fit U. Then there’s always Zelda: The Wind Waker, and party games such as Game & Wario. Or maybe we’ll get something entirely new from Nintendo.

  • Editing Team 17:59 on January 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mario Kart Comes to Real Life! Thanks to RFID Technology 

    real-life-Mario-Kart-game-rfid-blogMario Kart has always been one of the best Nintendo 64 games of all time. Austin-based Waterloo Labs have decided to outfit race karts with RFID tags so you can play Mario Kart in real life.

    The race karts run on an RFID Wi-Fi system that helps each player communicate with new items picked up and their usage over the air. During the race course, players could pick up power-up boxes suspended over the track and receive a randomized item. The karts can read which item was picked up with RFID, and gives each kart a new ability to use any time the player desires.

    When the players use their selected item, the race karts can recognize the actions of each power-up, such as accelerating the kart to 100 percent of its throttle power when a mushroom is used, spinning other karts and slowing their motors when they run into a banana, or temporarily induce brakes on all players at the use of a lightning bolt.

    Besides, players can also physically launch attack items (such as green and red turtle shells) by stuffing the power-ups inside a cannon which is attached to their vehicles. Who knew Mario Kart would make such a complicated read-life game? All the details, including the source code, are discussed at the Waterloo website, meaning you can build your own if you want. It’s possible that in the near future we can see it in a nearby amusement park, thanks to RFID technology.

  • Editing Team 21:14 on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Nintendo Held on NFC Plans for Wii U Console 

    Nintendo-Wii-U-Console-game-NFC-rfid-blogNFC technology makes it possible for any NFC-equipped mobile device to conduct transactions. In fact, the technology can do much more than just mobile payment. Thus it has aroused interest from different industries.

    The game industry is also showing interest in NFC technology, yet incorporating the technology into new games and consoles is proving difficult, especially in the case of the Wii U.

    Nintendo has upgraded its Wii U console. One of these upgrades concerns NFC technology. The console is equipped with an NFC chip that Nintendo believes will allow it to produce more immersive experiences for gamers. Although Nintendo has high hopes for NFC technology, the company has opted to hold off plans for NFC.

    Recently a trailer showcasing the NFC capabilities of the Wii U gamepad was released, which generated more interest in the in the possibilities of NFC technology than in the game it was showing off. However, the trailer was only a concept. While Nintendo is committed to the use of NFC, it has chosen not to support the technology in games at launch to ensure the successful debut of the console.

    The Wii U will launch in North America on Nov. 18th and in Europe on Nov. 30th.

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