Nintendo Is Preparing Wii U Games That Include NFC, Two GamePads

They will give players more opportunities to cooperate

By on March 7th, 2013 10:42 GMT

Shigeru Miyamoto, the leading video game developer working at Nintendo, says that the company is eager to introduce Near Field Communication video games for the new Wii U home console and make connectivity a vital part of the experience.

The veteran game creator tells Polygon that the technology is uniquely suited to the needs of the modern players.

He states, “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.”

It’s unclear whether Nintendo also has plans to launch additional hardware accessories for the Wii U.

At the moment, NFC is used by companies like Activision for the already launched Skylanders line of toys and virtual experience, and a similar concept will be employed by Disney for its Infinity universe.

NFC tech might also be linked to video games that use two GamePads for control, which Nintendo is already working on.

Miyamoto adds, “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 core Wii U package ships with just one GamePad and it’s unclear whether gamers could be convinced to pick up another one considering that a limited number of titles use it at the moment.

The Wii U has performed worse than analysts and Nintendo expected since it was launched, and there are suggestions that the company might cut its price in the coming months in order to spur sales.

The Wii U will soon face competition from the PlayStation 4 from Sony and the unannounced Xbox 720 from Microsoft.

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