Nintendo’s inclusion of Near-Field Communication (NFC) on the Wii U GamePad has so far slipped by unnoticed.
Naturally, this is mostly due to the fact that developers are yet to implement use of the capability within games, although a leaked internal Rayman Legends trailer last year teased its sheer potential.
Within yesterday’s financial results briefing, Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata directly mentioned the device, and that it could be used for either figures or cards.
Then, he revealed that Nintendo were working with developers on games that we’ll see by the end of the year that are set to utilise it.
“First of all, there are two main directions when it comes to the use of NFC,” Iwata began. “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. 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.”
As to what these projects are remains a secret, but I’ll most certainly be hoping for something that involves the Pokémon Trading Card Game. What would you like to see?
Alex Seedhouse+ Alex's early adoration for Nintendo began with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land. This developed over the years, later peaking when he hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Nowadays, his enthusiasm is shared through Nintendo Insider, a place in which he can document his thoughts regarding the big N.