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If the Wii U controller isn't already complex enough, Nintendo has revealed further information regarding the device's capabilities. Tasks such as switching from the TV to the controller's built-in touch-screen and interacting wirelessly via the cameras have already been confirmed, but now it is becoming an increasingly supreme tool for communication.
During the most recent investor conference, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's fourth president, confirmed that NFC functionality would be featured on the device. For those who don't know, NFC stands for Near Field Communication. NFC allows consumers around the world to complete tasks such as transactions, digital content exchange, and connecting electronic peripherals with one touch. In Nintendo's case the NFC would allow wireless information to be distributed globally. Here's what Iwata had to say:
"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. Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments."
So the use of NFC in the Wii U controllers stills remain sporadically uncertain, but if we were to hazard a guess, the Wii U controller would be able to send and receive information to and from Wii U consoles and other controllers from near and far. Further details of the controller’s aptitudes are yet to be revealed, but expect to hear more from Nintendo in the coming months.