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Nintendo looks to wireless tech to make buying digital games easier

Nintendo says that it is currently exploring the possibility of utilizing the near-field communication (NFC) functionality in the Wii U GamePad to provide an alternate method for making small payments on the eShop.
Nintendo says that it is currently exploring the possibility of utilizing the near-field communication (NFC) functionality in the Wii U GamePad to provide an alternate method for making small payments on the eShop. The NFC technology allows the Wii U controller to interact with objects equipped with NFC tags. Although the tech is mainly used for gameplay purposes, Nintendo is now looking at how it could be used alongside e-money cards for easy-access payments. The company says that being able to pay via NFC would make the process "dramatically easier for consumers." It would also mean that Nintendo could offer new business opportunities to partnering products and services. As of now, Nintendo is considering working with JR East’s 'Suica' e-money card payment system in Japan. The most likely scenario is that this concept would be implemented thoroughly in Japan before being trialled in the U.S. This move comes as part of Nintendo's plans to significantly expand its digital business. The publisher's digital sales for the last fiscal year far outpaced previous years.

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