The Wii U GamePad features an NFC reader and although no games have taken advantage of it yet, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is hopeful that Nintendo will have something to show off by the end of 2013.
A Rayman Legends video showcased the potential for NFC but games such as Disney Infinity and Skylanders: Swap Force are using their own NFC portals which enable you to use figures in the game, meaning you don't need to use the Wii U GamePad's NFC reader.
Asked about Nintendo's plans for NFC, Iwata told investors that he is open to many different ideas and Nintendo are in discussions with developers.
"First of all, there are two main directions when it comes to the use of NFC. One is to use it for video games. For example, we can create cards and figurines with NFC and design our video games to work in conjunction with them.
"Also, an increasing number of arcade games are utilizing IC cards which can read and write data in order to record users' scores and it is possible for Wii U games to connect with them.
"We are in talks with several software developers regarding such possibilities. We are making preparations and, by the end of this year, we will probably be able to show you some output, tell you about some more concrete examples of the possibilities or even let you try out some tangible examples."
Iwata also revealed another option for NFC. "The other direction is e-money. In Japan e-money called FeliCa is widely used, and FeliCa is included in NFC. Technically, it is possible to settle an account by waving an e-money card over the Wii U GamePad. We are conducting research into this right now as one of this technology's future possibilities. We will make an announcement when we are ready to discuss a more detailed plan. Since we have made a certain investment in order to install NFC, we will make efforts to at least receive a return on our investment."
Can you think of any ideas for how Nintendo could utilise NFC?