Appearing on GTTV, Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime gave some hope for the ill supported NFC functionality of Nintendo’s Wii U console. NFC, or Near Field Communication, is an ultra fast and low powered wireless connection that requires close proximity and can interact with non-powered circuits. Common in Android based smart phones where it is used to make payments, but also often used for tap passes with public transport, NFC is best known to gamers for its use in collectible figures that interact with games such as Skylanders, and Disney Inifinity. To date, Nintendo’s only use of the technology has been for the Wii U eShop title Pokemon Rumble U, where it is used to bring physical figures you can buy into the world of the game.
In his interview with Geoff Keighley, Reggie promised more NFC support in the future, including a Nintendo title that features NFC, unrelated to Pokemon Rumble U, that is currently in development. For those who have ever wondered what the white icon is bellow the directional pad on the Wii U Gamepad was, it is a marker that tells you where to place an NFC tag so that it can be used with the Wii U console. Nintendo initially spoke of the possibility of making micro transactions with the technology, but its use as markers for gameplay has always been more interesting.