It has been revealed today that the Wii U controller will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, to read and write data, and also pay for stuff using bank and credit cards. Here’s what CEO Satoru 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.”
As well as this, Iwata also commented on Nintendo Network:
“Also for the Wii U, we are planning to introduce a personal account system compatible with Nintendo Network. With this, for example, the ease of using a video game system when the hardware is shared by multiple family members, which has been a challenge we needed to tackle, shall be improved, and we will also be able to construct and offer the system by combining a variety of different services and content.”
These accounts seem similar to what other players are used to with PSN and Xbox Live.