Nintendo's Wii U isn't just an extension of the Wii, it's an entirely new console with much more power. The first thing people notice about the Wii U is the GamePad which features motion control and a 6-inch touchscreen. Near field communication (NFC) is one of the other features on the Wii U GamePad that hasn't been utilized yet.
On March 5 of 2013, one of Nintendo's most treasured game designers, Shigeru Miyamoto was interviewed by Polygon to discuss Nintendo's plans with the NFC integration. When Miyamoto was asked about Nintendo's plans for the NFC, he responded with the following:
"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."
The Interview goes on to show that using two GamePads can take advantage of NFC and Miyamoto further explained that when gamers are able to use more than one GamePad, games will be developed to take advantage of these capabilities.
Polygon also asked Miyamoto if Nintendo would be waiting until June's E3 conference to reveal any NFC projects. Miyamoto replied with the following:
"It used to be that we would save many of our announcements for E3 and we would announce them at the show, but what we've seen in the recent years is that there are a number of different ways and a number of different times when we have more opportunity to make those announcements. So I can't today make any promises of what we're going to do at E3, but I think, this in particular is going to be a year where we're seeing more regular announcements from Nintendo about what's coming and that someplace within the announcements that we're making, hopefully we'll have something to share about NFC."
When Miyamoto says that there are "different ways and a number of different times" to announce projects, he could very well be referring to Sony's recent PS4 unveiling that took place in February. At the same time, he could be hinting that there are no NFC games ready to be shown and nothing will be ready for E3, but this is most likely not the case. Nintendo already announces new projects and titles via Nintendo Direct, which is a news broadcast for Nintendo fans that doesn't have a set schedule. The company could very well announce a new NFC game before E3 if they wanted to, but we'll all have to wait and see.
When Nintendo finally announces and releases future NFC projects, consumers will finally be able to see that the Wii U has an extraordinary amount of potential. The possibilities are endless with NFC and Wii U but everything at this point is still in early stages of development.