We hope you liked Skylanders, because Nintendo is apparently setting up its own range of toys to accidentally tread under foot. At the company’s financial briefing this morning, it outlined a Mario figure that could be used across multiple titles, somehow tying into game saves too. It’s not the first for Nintendo’s console: Pokemon Scramble connected NFC toys to the Wii U last year. Interestingly, Nintendo had apparently declined exclusivity on Activision’s lucrative Skylanders series.
These physical characters and games, grouped together as NFP (jarringly: NFC Featured Platform), will debut at this year’s E3, alongside a new IR reader for 3DSes that will make the toys compatible across both the handheld and the Wii. With 3DS sales currently totaling 43 million, and the Wii U struggling to top six million, it’s probably a wise business decision.