Wii U controller to offer NFC support

Nintendo has announced plans to implement NFC (near field communication) technology into the Wii U controller, allowing "cards and figurines" to exchange data with the system, and even enable direct payments.

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Nintendo has announced plans to implement NFC (near field communication) technology into the Wii U controller. This will allow Wii U to communicate with other noncontact devices, such as NFC-enabled phones and credit cards.

By adding NFC support into the controller, Nintendo is hoping it will be able to create "cards and figurines" that can exchange data with the system, and even enable direct payments.

NFC is widely used in Japan for payments and metro access. In America, the technology can be found on American Express ExpressPay cards, MasterCard PayPass, and more. While NFC can be found in most modern Japanese phones, only a select American phones currently have the tech embedded. It's expected to become standard in future smartphones in the US. The Wii U will adhere to both FeliCa and MIFARE standards, making it compatible with most NFC devices. Here's a demonstration of NFC tech used in the Nexus S:

Activision's Skylanders game also takes advantage of NFC by embedding the tech into its collectible figurines. It's clear that Nintendo sees value in that lucrative toy/game hybrid market.

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    January 27, 2012 7:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Wii U controller to offer NFC support.

    Nintendo has announced plans to implement NFC (near field communication) technology into the Wii U controller, allowing "cards and figurines" to exchange data with the system, and even enable direct payments.

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      January 27, 2012 7:07 AM

      That's actually... Reeeeeally genius. Anyone else think so?

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        January 27, 2012 7:34 AM

        Sounds like a way to sell more packs of cards by the register at gamestop

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          January 27, 2012 7:48 AM

          but what about online shopping in general. People would love not to have to punch in CC details every time, and since you could always wave it (assume card NFC enabled) then they'd never have to store the info server side and accounts would be significantly less valuable hacking targets

          what about that?

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            January 27, 2012 7:52 AM

            Maybe we can replace our credit cards and just carry around our wiiU tablets :-)

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        January 27, 2012 8:52 AM

        sounds like they paid attention to Skylanders

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          January 27, 2012 9:18 AM

          and they sure as hell love their Pokémon!

          2+2 = 4! :)

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          January 27, 2012 3:01 PM

          I'd imagine that they've been working on this well before Skylanders exploded on the scene. They even mention the tech being fairly common in Japan.

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      January 27, 2012 7:09 AM

      I am going to continue thinking the Wii U is uninteresting to me unless they backtrack on the idea of having only one wii U tablet remote. I want to play multiplayer stratego (rampart? fire emblem?) on the wii u :D

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        January 27, 2012 7:40 AM

        Yah i doubt I'll buy this unless they get 2 tablets working on 1 system.

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        January 27, 2012 7:46 AM

        They already said they would support 2 a few months back.

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          January 27, 2012 7:53 AM

          <citation needed>

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          January 27, 2012 8:14 AM

          that means nothing unless they can get the price down too. I mean supporting 2-4 controllers is good on paper, but how many of you complained about having to buy 3 wii controllers at $40 a pop, and those didn't have screens on them.

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            January 27, 2012 8:15 AM

            No joke. I expect these to be 99 minimum. I wouldn't be surprised to see 129 or even 149.

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              January 27, 2012 8:29 AM

              I honestly think all the wii and balance board crap went to their head and they realized they could overcharge for their stuff and people would eat it up, but got waylaid by people not bothering to buy the overpriced 3ds. Now they are stuck with a console that is going to be costly but one that people want multiple costly controllers for, while knowing that people won't pay rapedollars for something branded 'nintendo' anymore.

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              January 27, 2012 9:04 AM

              All the processing for these things is done on the system itself and the screen is just going to be standard widescreen most likely (very low-res for that size). I don't think they're going to be nearly as expensive as everyone is thinking they'll be. Still more than an average controller though, I'm thinking $70.

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                January 27, 2012 9:40 AM

                I don't know how they would pull off $70 without people feeling gyped by paying $40 for the wiimote. The whole system they had is messed up.

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                  January 27, 2012 9:56 AM

                  I'm sure by now, even though all the Wii-motes they sell have motion+ inside, that they can afford to reduce price there.

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            January 27, 2012 10:26 AM

            don't forget having to buy another 3 nunchucks at $25 each and those motion plus attachments if you were an early adopter.

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              January 27, 2012 10:34 AM

              Yeah, you could've payed like, $280 for three full sets back in the day.

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            January 27, 2012 12:05 PM

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        January 27, 2012 7:56 AM

        This seems like a likely candidate for their E3 re-reveal. It was definitely a pretty disastrous oversight.

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      January 27, 2012 7:43 AM

      Skylanders 2

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      January 27, 2012 7:56 AM

      i think that's cool technology. unfortunately, i have no interest in scanning cards and figurines.

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      January 27, 2012 9:18 AM

      I was thinking of the NFL NFC. Too bad. :(

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      January 27, 2012 9:58 AM

      NFC = Near Future Cancer. ;)

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        January 27, 2012 10:11 AM

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