Nintendo Wii U Controller Gets NFC Technology

Nintendo has announced that there will be NFC technology will be incorporated into the Wii U’s controller. This will allow the controller to read and write data wirelessly in a similar way to the ‘Portal of Power’ reading device for Skylanders action figures and could also be used as a way to pay for online purchases with a compatible bank and credit cards.

“By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via non-contact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors. “Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micro-payments.”

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

EverQuest Joining Free-To-Play Fold

Sony Online entertainment has announced that their seminal MMORPG EverQuest is going free-to-play. The game launched in 1997 and has had 18 expansions and “countless content updates.”

“With the move to free-to-play, players will continue to enjoy the EQ experience they know and love, only now they have the power to choose a model that caters to their play style,” said SOE in the announcement. “Through the new free-to-play model, players will have the options of non-recurring vs. recurring subscriptions, Free vs. Silver memberships, item unlockers, and many more. Additionally, all players (both old and new) will be given brand new items via a ‘Welcome Pack.’”

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Nick Fury Movie Brought Up In Captain America Talk

Neal McDonough was Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: First Avenger, and while he didn’t get a lot of screen time, he’s hopeful to return in the sequel. “Yeah, they’re planning [to go into production for] Captain America 2 for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time,” says McDonough. “So they’re going to do Thor 2 and as soon as Thor has wrapped, they’ll do Cap 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything.”

Noting that Dugan is the right hand man to Nick Fury, he’s also hopeful to be in a movie starring the Avengers leader. “I just pray that they have a 1970s setting, because I want to see Sam Jackson with lamb chops kicking people’s asses for [the] Marvel universe,” continues McDonough. “It would just be awesome.”


Ninja Theory Not Apologizing For Dante’s New Design

Dante’s new look in DmC has been controversial among fans, but developer Ninja Theory has stuck by their guns. Creative director Tameem Antoniades noted that Japanese character design can somehow get away with more “campiness.”

“We did a thought experiment suggested by [former Capcom exec Keiji Inafune] early on. It went like this: imagine this game as a contemporary movie,” said Antoniades. “What would it look like What would Dante look like We went from there.”

“Japanese style ethos does tend to involve make characters look cool for the sake of looking cool, adding odd accessories, crazy hairstyles and color, cowboy boots and so on simply because they look cool,” noted Capcom’s Alex Jones. “We in the West tend to be more functional adding things that have meaning and being able to explain that meaning. Why does Dante have white hair I want to make a little story around that and explain it. And so on for the rest of his design choices.”

“We’ve not so much done away with any of the Japanese aspects of the series,” Antoniades resumed. “But are more building on the foundations of the franchise to develop a game that has a different flavor. We grew up on U.S. and European movies, comics, music and general culture. That’s what we’re tapping into. We’re not pretending we are Japanese nor making apologies for that.”

Source: OXM

Street Fighter X Tekken: PS3 Exclusive Characters go Bonkers

It’s been known for a while that Street Fighter X Tekken on PS3 and PS Vita would get Cole from InFamous and the Sony cat mascots Kuro and Toro. Now, however it’s been revealed that it will also have Pac-Man piloting a robot version of Mokujin and weirdest of all, a version of Mega Man based around the first game’s American box art.