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Miyamoto: Wii U NFC games are a ‘priority’ at Nintendo right now

Wednesday, 6th March 2013 08:41 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo has yet to employ the near-field communication tech within its Wii U console, but Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the company is putting its priorities into the tech, and is hopeful he can show off games that use the function soon.

Although Disney Infinity’s figurines and the Skylanders series use their own NFC-enabled devices to scan characters into their respective games, Nintendo has yet to announce a full game that uses the Wii U GamePad’s NFC functions.

Speaking with Polygon, Miyamoto said of the tech, “With NFC, that’s a feature that everyone that owns a Wii U can take advantage of.

“So that’s what we’re putting our priorities right now. We’re hoping that in the near future we’ll be able to show you something that will take advantage of the NFC on Wii U and people will be able to enjoy that.”

Miyamoto also confirmed that Nintendo is currently developing games that support two GamePads and added, “In the future, perhaps when we get closer to something that, an environment where everybody or a large majority of people would have two GamePads, that might be a time where we look at how we can leverage a system of that nature.”

The tech was first seen in relation to Wii U via a Rayman Legends proof-of-concept trailer that showed players scanning objects into Ubisoft’s game world using the GamePad. It won’t appear in the final game, but you can see the concept here.

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  1. Diingo

    I almost forgot the Wii U exists, lol.

    Poor Nintendo, they’re becoming that one puppy that’s struggling to reach a nipple.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Imperius

    Woot NFC can’t wait for this! This is what I have been waiting for since the N64! -_- How about this Mr. Mariomato, you take all your crappy Wii U’s melt them down apologize for your blunder and bring us a system that can fight with the PS4. I don’t buy old tech at high prices when I see no third party support and few exclusive titles that I’m not tired of. This junk of plastic should be worth only 100$ maybe it’s a GameCube with a DS Controller… [END RANT]

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @1 “I almost forgot the Wii U exists, lol.”

    No, you didn’t ;)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Francis O

    @ D11ngo
    You almost forgot the Wii U exists, yet you took the time to troll one of their articles? Get a life dude.

    And really? a puppy struggling for a nipple…. waaa waaa.. weak attempt to troll with a lame ass joke.

    @2 Troll much bro? Your rant was pointless and made little sense. Is the Wii U going to fight the PS4 in a deathmatch, cage match, UFC, MMA? LOL you sound stupid.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DrDamn

    @Miyamoto
    “In the future, perhaps when we get closer to something that, an environment where everybody or a large majority of people would have two GamePads, that might be a time where we look at how we can leverage a system of that nature.”

    Maybe the translation but that’s the wrong way round isn’t it? Develop a game that gives people a reason to own two pads and then they might buy them. Don’t wait for people to have two pads and then develop something for it, cos it ain’t gonna happen.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. RPRezo

    Uh-huh. So-o-o… How much the second WiiU-pad costs? And how many PS3′s have Moves? How many X360′s have Kinect? How many Wii’s have motion plus? Or balance board?

    Yeah… Hoping that secondary device (and not a cheap one) will find it’s way into most homes with a console is downright stupid, for it was proven time and time again that it just doesn’t work that way.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dragon246

    NFC could have a great use in PokeMon, but then Pokemon is better suited for handhelds.
    Second screen thingy is dead. Right now, they are selling one for 150$.
    http://www.destructoid.com/nintendo-selling-replacement-wii-u-gamepads-for-150-247205.phtml

    At this price, they are just wasting time on 2 screen shenanigans.

    #7 1 year ago