Wii U Top Secret Feature Revealed: NFC

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has decided to reveal Wii U's "top secret" feature: NFC.

NFC is short for "Near Field Communication," a technology that had been around for a while now allowing smart devices to interact with inanimate with objects equipped with NFC tags simply by touching them.

"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," Iwata explained during an earnings briefing.

"Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments."

In addition to redeeming coupons without entering their codes manually, NFC can be used to allow Wii U to detect figurines and incorporate them in games. Needless to say, the inevitable Pokemon game that'll take advantage of this technology will be a new gold mine for Nintendo.

On a more technical note, Iwata explained that "The NFC I'm referring to here is the noncontact NFC standard that is compatible with FeliCa and MIFARE, and is expected to be widely used around the world in the near future."

In related news, Iwata also revealed that Nintendo will launch Nintendo Network alongside the release of Wii U. The Nintendo Network will allow users to have their personal accounts not tied to their consoles and will act as a platform for Wii U and 3DS digital games and paid DLC distribution.

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Nintendos Dead

lets face it.. Nintendo is a dying company. They no longer have what it takes to compete against the likes of Microsoft or Sony. Nintendo might as well just pack it in like Sega, sell Mario and Zelda for the remainder of their life span or until they run out of money. Better yet sell Nintendo to Microsoft and be done with it, Off with your heads Nintendo.

Xbox360 wOot

Nintendo dead ??

Nintendo dead? how the hell did you figure that one out, they have the best selling console around, look at the stats, they are easily thrashing Microsoft and Sony not just competing!!

Worldwide sales figures :
Wii – 94.97 million as of 31 December 2011
Xbox 360 – 57.6 million as of 4 November 2011
PlayStation 3 – 56 million as of 2 November 2011

This is sad...

The entire article talks about "wonderful features" being added to the Wii U and 3DS that will allow developers to gouge the customers with micro transactions and paid DLC. Pokemon for example. Instead of getting Pokemon through the game, they will sell $10-$20 individual Pokemon figures that will be the only way to acquire them.

holy cr<P

Just imagine if the film and music execs cotton on... 'We believe that anyone that has been near our products must have STOLEN them, so we have implemented a way to take their money via nfc...just in case'

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