The patent was filed a few months ago and have been published today on the US Patent and Trademark Office. Below is an excerpt of the filing:
A number of images were included with the patent. One of which showing a 3DS and how the new cards will interact with it. Much like the amiibo cards, they use the NFC chip to share data to the device.
My personal feeling on these new trading cards is that they could be a new range of Amiibo cards for the upcoming Super Smash Bros title for Nintendo Switch. Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS was compatible with amiibo figures and allowed players to train their own AI character and save the data to their amiibo figure.
With the Switch focusing on more streamlined gaming, it makes sense to use amiibo cards instead of Amiibo figures as they would be a lot easier to transport.
Source: USPTO.GOVTags: amiibo, Gaming, NFC, Nintendo, Nintendo Trading Cards, videogames
This post was written by Mike Scorpio