Make digital Wii U payments with your mobile

by Ben Salter Featured 10 Comments 22 Votes 975 Views 27/01/2012 Back to News

Nintendo has revealed to investors that the Wii U will use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to make digital payments for downloads.

NFC is yet to revolutionise Australia, but is popular in Japan and can be compared to using PayPass with a credit card.

Users set up an account linked with their mobile phone and then use that to make small purchases without the need to fumble for money or swipe a card.

NFC will be used for micro-payments on the Wii U. Simply hold your phone up to the console, if it has a compatible NFC account, and the funds will be debited.

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That actually sounds cool. [MOG] probably a bit pointless and dangerous with kids around, but if it doesn't save your cc details then i could see good security value in it
same tech that skylanders uses

pokemon skylanders all up in here
It also supports full-retail downloads (and the 3DS could as well, I've been asking for this for a while and it finally happened!) so those kids could wipe out your cash supply mighty quick... [yawn]
LOL Victoria can't even get Myki right.
lol "without the need to fumble for money or swipe a card" because that is such a hassle in our daily lives X_X We have become so very slack as a society.
Anyway back to the Wii U, yeah it's a cool idea but I'll use what ever means is available, point cards, credit card etc.
@Guyver What's easier; to simply hold up your phone to your Wii U Tablet or to type in the credit card number + bunch of other information? If it was as easy as taking the cash out of my wallet and handing it over I'd be happy, but that's not possible so this is the next best thing. [MOG]
i want this everywhere
How does this work, can you actually do this in Australia?
Does it need a smart phone, or any phone?

Anyway, sounds pretty neat :)

Blob said: How does this work, can you actually do this in Australia?
Does it need a smart phone, or any phone?
Anyway, sounds pretty neat


It needs a phone with NFC, but I don't think there are many if those sold in Australia. I only know of two, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus.
It's not big in Australia. This was announced in Japan, so there was no word on if it'll be international. Regardless, the Wii U should have the capacity if it does catch on here.

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