Nintendo details new Wii U controller functionality

NFC tech allows for Skylanders-style wireless data swapping

Nintendo's detailed new NFC technology set to be incorporated into the Wii U's controller.


The tech allows users to read and write data wirelessly, in a similar way to how Activision's Skylanders action figures interact with the 'Portal of Power' reading device.

The new tech will also, in theory, allow the Wii U to pay for purchases via compatible bank and credit cards.

"By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors.

"Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments."

In the same investors meeting Nintendo announced its Nintendo Network service and confirmed a new 2D Mario game for release before March 31, 2013.

[ SOURCE: Official Nintendo Magazine ]