Nintendo opens up about potential amiibo smartphone compatibility | Nintendo Wire

A day after Nintendo stole the show at the Apple iPhone keynote with the announcement of Super Mario Run, even more juicy details are starting to emerge about the company’s entrance into the mobile world. In an interview with Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto, the folks at IGN uncovered some potential plans that the house of Mario may have for amiibo use on smartphones in the future.

“There’s nothing we can announce today but It’s certainly an area we’re interested in,” Miyamoto said, “and today Apple announced some new news about their NFC technology.”

In the past, the NFC capability of the iPhone made it all but impossible to read and write information to NFC capable products due to Apple’s strict, payment only policy, but that may change with the updated NFC chip in the iPhone 7. The new chip supports FeliCa Type-F, a NFC technology used in Japan – very similar to the NFC technology used in amiibo today.

Miyamoto added:

“Until the announcement this morning there wasn’t a whole lot we could do, but now we can look at what they’ve said and how we might have an opportunity to use that.”

While details are still scarce on if and how Nintendo will add amiibo support to smartphone titles, the prospect is definitely exciting! What’s you dream app based amiibo title? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Jason Ganos

Nintendo super fan since birth, Jason is the creator of Amiibo News and editor-in-chief at Nintendo Wire. One of his life goals is to provide the latest Nintendo news to fellow gamers with his natural know-how.

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