Nintendo’s new games console to be NFC-enabled

NFC enabled games console

Nintendo is developing its new Wii U console to incorporate near field communication (NFC) technology. The console will be launched in Japan, the US, Europe and Australia by the end of year holiday period. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata states that “by installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC” therefore enabling players to ‘import’ characters into the game. Furthermore, NFC will allow the player to make micropayments directly through the console when activated in close proximity to NFC-enabled cards and smart devices. Nintendo is implementing FeliCa and MIFARE standards which are electronic smartcard chips employed in payment systems worldwide. Final details about the new console will be unveiled at E3 (Electronic, Entertainment Expo) in LA in June this year.

Nintendo is hoping to wow the gaming industry with the Wii U after a particularly unstable year last year due to the disappointing launch of the 3DS. The company is expecting last year to be its first annual loss in three decades.

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