A lot of exciting Nintendo news has been revealed this week. The Nintendo’s Wii U, its new service, will have NFC functionality and digital download support, president Iwata Satoru has confirmed, promising a better splash for the next-gen console having “learned a bitter lesson from the launch of the Nintendo 3DS.”
The Wii U controller has been described as the “Swiss Army knife of controllers” by one developer. NFC will be built into the Wii U’s controller, a next generation device with a 6.2-inch screen that can be used independently of the console, allowing it to be used for a wide range of innovative new functions as well as acting as a traditional games controller.
The NFC had been added to the Wii U’s specs, supporting payments, reading tags embedded into “cards and figurines”, and more. Meanwhile there’ll also be a new Nintendo Network account service, allowing multiple users to have their own separate profile on the Wii U.
“The NFC I’m referring to here is the non-contact NFC standard that is compatible with FeliCa and MIFARE, and is expected to be widely used around the world in the near future,” Satoru Iwata explained.
He added: “By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via non-contact 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 micro-payments.”
The Wii U is expected to ship during the second half of 2012. Learn more here.
Via – Venture Beat