The Nintendo Wii U gaming console is something that we all have been waiting for, since a very long time. For those not in the know, the Wii U is a video game console from Nintendo; one which was announced with much fanfare during a press conference hosted by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011. This is expected to hit the American, European and Japanese markets sometime in the second half of this year. The Wii U, considered to be the eighth generation of Wii game consoles, will include several new features; also NFC technology.
The Wii U is also Nintendo’s sixth home console and the company’s very first one to deliver 1080p HD graphics. The controller itself is different and features an embedded touchscreen. This new system, the company has said, will be fully backwards compatible with Wii and also that all Wii U games would be compatible with the older Wii Periperals, such as the Wii Remote, Wii Balance Board and Wii MotionPlus.
Do keep in mind, though, that the new Wii U will not be backwards compatible with Nintendo GameCube media or its peripherals.
Wii U to Use NFC
The fun does not stop there. You game freaks will be thrilled to know that Wii U will make use of another very state-of-the-art technology of NFC. At an investor’s briefing, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata has mentioned that the “tablet-like” controller will use Near Field Communication technology, to further enhance the user experience. With this technology, users would be able to create their own cards and figurines to use with the WiiPad’s NFC feature. According to Nintendo, this technology would serve to “read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world.”
This announcement immediately reminds one of Skylanders, which used the self-same technology, in order to alter its gameplay through the use of real world objects. Adding the new NFC feature could also imply that users can make micropayments through their credit cards as well, during the course of the game.
Well, folks, this has only made our impatient wait even longer. We are truly itching to get our hands on this device. How about you guys?