Nintendo to outline plans for Wii U GamePad NFC support at E3 2014


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted that the company has not yet shown the potential behind the Wii U GamePad’s built-in NFC (near-field communication) functionality, yet will outline their plans to do so at E3 2014.

Whilst Pokémon Rumble U showed an early example of how it could be successfully implemented, Iwata committed to saying that they are “preparing multiple proposals” this year that they plan to share.

“…the GamePad is the only video game platform with an NFC (near-field communication) reader/writer function. Pokémon Rumble U has already taken advantage of this function, but aside from this title, Wii U has failed to make use of the full potential of this function so far, despite it being a built-in feature,” Iwata discussed during Nintendo’s Corporate Management Policy Briefing.

“This year, we will make full use of this function by preparing multiple proposals, including the implementation of NFC payments with JR East’s Suica, which we announced on a previous occasion. We will showcase our detailed propositions for utilising the NFC functionality at E3 in Los Angeles in June.”

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