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Wii U NFC: 'We'll have something to show by the end of the year,' says Iwata

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.

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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?


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  1. RainbowGazelle Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 12:09

    Why do need Skylanders and Disney need their own portals, when the gamepad has NFC. Oh right, to make you buy big chunks of plastic that you don't need. :roll:

  2. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 13:08

    Why do need Skylanders and Disney need their own portals, when the gamepad has NFC. Oh right, to make you buy big chunks of plastic that you don't need. :roll:

    You mean to charge more money.

  3. alexkinch Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 14:21

    Internet banking.

  4. Argenthor Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 17:35

    Why do need Skylanders and Disney need their own portals, when the gamepad has NFC. Oh right, to make you buy big chunks of plastic that you don't need. :roll:

    Yeah, to justify charging more.

  5. blu fire Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 17:47

    Maybe smash bros could utilise it? or the new mariokart? could see lots of games that use it whether it would be neccessary or just a little add on to make the game easier.

  6. Riverlution Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 18:04

    To be honest, I can't see a great application for it in terms of gaming. Not on the controller your meant to be using anyway. Something like Skylanders simply wouldn't work using the gamepad since you wouldn't physically be able to hold it and have something stand solidly on it at the same time. So there will most likely be nothing like that, unless they come up with some sort of silly gimmick. And to be honest, I'm against the idea anyway.

  7. CDS Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 18:06

    At last. Pokemon Trading Card game WiiU. Utilising the very latest Pokemon Cards, you can transfer them to the game using NFC and battle people online or compete in the singleplayer story mode with them.

    But that FeliCa sounds interesting. Buying something from a shop, and then scan it with NFC to transfer the funds or start the download of a game. Much more easier than inserting a code.

  8. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 19:11

    I just want to use it to be able to pay for eShop stuff.

  9. OrangeRakoon Tuesday 5th Feb 2013 at 22:35

    Let Kojima have a go with it, I promise you we'd soon have an MGS game with a boss battle that requires some insane but brilliant use of NFC. Like needing to place the game box near the gamepad to act as a radio jammer.

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