Near Field Communication Coming To The Wii U’s Controller

January 27, 2012, By Christian Davis

If you’re like me, your patience is wearing thin for all the features that the Wii U and it’s controller will have to offer. With E3 2012 a little less than five months away, the wait definitely isn’t getting any easier and is pushing the Wii U closer and closer to the top of my must see list.

It’s apparent that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is impatient too and has revealed a new feature for the new touch screen controller: near field communication (NFC). Let’s go ahead and say that you’ve never heard of NFC and want to know what this means for the Wii U.

With this functionality, it will allow specially made cards and figurines to electronically read and write data via NFC without contact. Incorporating this new feature will also enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments.

According to Iwata, the NFC being used specifically for the Wii U is based on the same contactless smart card standard as the widely-used FeliCa and MiFARE, so it should be easier for Nintendo to implement these in several of their products whether is be payment cards, figurines, etc…

The last time we saw something similar to this was with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, which had you collect different sort of figurines that were then scanned into the game. Imagine a Wario Ware Inc. game that had the NFC technology.

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