So, the trailer for the new Rayman game has been leaked (Flash video) ahead of E3.
It certainly looks very impressive; there's a lot of stuff being thrown around on-screen. The Upad integration looks ok, about what you'd expect from a first-gen game. As for the toys, well that was an inevitability, considering the success of Skylanders and the Upad having built-in NFC, which does about the same job as Skylanders' RFID technology.
This is only the start though. As well as Skylanders Giants and this, I reckon there'll be at least another couple of games with NFC toys for the Xmas Wii U release.
The follow-up article is quite an interesting read too.
So why is this a cash cow for Nintendo? One word, our friends. One word that we think popped into the head of Iwata, Reggie, Miyamoto and everyone else as soon as they saw Skylanders in action. Pokémon.