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Nintendo Wii U coming in 2012, with NFC built in

Consumer Reports News: January 27, 2012 12:53 PM

Nintendo announced that the Wii U, its new video game console with a tablet-like controller that was announced last June, will be launched in 2012—in time for the holiday season.

Using the Wii U controller's touchscreen, you'll be able to play games on your TV or just on the controller; you can draw on it and use motion to control your onscreen games. You can get different views of your games just by moving, giving you new ways to play.

The video game giant also announced that the controller will have built-in NFC (near-field communication) functionality built in, so that it will be able to read and write data and enable micropayments, reports Pocket-lint.

Nintendo also plans to launch Nintendo Network, an online gaming platform for multiplayer gaming and competitions as well as content distribution. The network will appear first on the handheld Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo Wii U coming 2012, complete with online gaming and NFC controllers [Pocket-lint]

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Carol Mangis

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