The Wii U controller features Near Field Communication technology
Lots of news came out of Nintendo’s investor relations meeting today, one of which was the inclusion of “Near Field Communication” technology (NFC for short) in the Wii U’s controller.
NFC is a technology that facilitates communication between electronic devices when they are physically near one another. Travel cards, credit cards, and even some cell phones (especially in Japan) use it to make instant payments when they are swiped over a special pad.
So what is it doing in the Wii U controller? Well, read what Iwata has to say about it:
By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world. Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments.
While NFC has been used predominantly as a payment technology, it’s very interesting to hear that it will be made available to Wii U developers for use in games, too. Imagine swiping a Pokemon card over the controller and watching the Pokémon come to life on the touchscreen, then spring from the controller to your TV.
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