What's most intriguing to us, as relentless future-looking types, is the addition of near-field communication, or NFC, to the Wii U controller. (If you want some background on NFC, check out our explainer.) NFC has been basically underused in gaming outside of Japan and South Korea (as, actually, it's been underused in regular life), with one major exception: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure the newly-named best-selling game of 2012. Skylanders gets most of its cachet from NFC equipped action figures--take your action figure to your friend's house, pop it in the game's action-figure set, and all of a sudden, your saved game and player appear on the screen. Nintendo didn't explain in detail what they intend to do with the new tech, but there are definitely some interesting possibilities.