The new Wii U controller is set to feature NFC functionality, similar to RFID found in Oyster cards. This will opens up a world of figurines and cards which can transfer data to and from the Wii U tablet.
Here's an article I found about NFC technology being used in the latest Nintendo product, written by James Orry from Videogamer.com.
The Wii U tablet controller will feature close proximity radio communication technology called Near Field Communication (NFC), which shares similarities to the RFID style Oyster cards used across the London transport network.
“The NFC I’m referring to here is the non-contact NFC standard that is compatible with FeliCa and MIFARE, and is expected to be widely used around the world in the near future,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
He added: “By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via non-contact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world. Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micro-payments.”
To see the full article visit http://www.videogamer.com/news/wii_u_controller_to_feature_nfc_functionality_similar_to_rfid_found_in_oyster_cards.html.
For the latest industry insights on NFC visit the Near Field Communication World website.