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New Wii U controller functionality confirmed

New console to use Near Field Communication tech

Wii U's unique controller will use NFC technology to allow users to read and write data (in a similar way to how the Skylanders figures work with the 'Portal Of Power') and also pay for things with compatible bank and credit cards.

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"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," said Iwata.

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

As part of a financial briefing released this morning which also confirmed a new Mario 3DS game is in the works, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also confirmed that the company will be focusing its efforts on building Nintendo Network - the online platform which will serve 3DS and Wii U.

"Competitions and communication among users, as well as the sales of digital content" - essentially DLC - will be part of the package, says Iwata.

Iwata also re-iterated that the Wii U release date will come by the end of the year.

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  1. shy guy 64 Friday 27th Jan 2012 at 10:44

    fair enough

  2. Shmilly Friday 27th Jan 2012 at 10:51

    A great idea, despite all the complaints against Skylanders I thought the Portal of Power was a brilliant innovation. More of this, but on games that people actually want to play, can only be a good thing.

  3. killganon Friday 27th Jan 2012 at 12:05

    the wii u would work well with a mmorpg thanks to the controller

  4. MartinIsAwesome Friday 27th Jan 2012 at 13:46

    That sounds amazing. Imagine being aable too put your AR cards on the touch screen and have the character appear on your HD tv! Or, and I've just made this up, instead of having downloadable characters for a game like Smash Bros, you could, say, buy a Captain Falcon card in a shop and scan it with the Wii U controller to have the character available in-game. That'd be pretty cool, and then you'd have a cool collectable Art Card after using it.

  5. torterratrainer Friday 27th Jan 2012 at 19:01

    looking at this i wont get it a christmas after it comes out. most likely to be more than 200 mabe 300

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