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NFC technology will be used in the Wii U Super Smash Bros.

It has now been revealed that near field communication will be used for this game through the Nintendo console.

A managing director of Nintendo France, Stephan Bole, has now revealed that the Super Smash Bros. game version that is designed for the company’s Wii U console will be using NFC technology.

It is believed that this will help to show what the console’s near field communication tech has to offer.

Bole explained that “E3 will be an opportunity to show the use of NFC technology on Nintendo consoles. NFC will be used in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.” It is the hope that this will better illustrate the type of capabilities that this tech has to offer users of the console, who may never have heard of it or who might not understand exactly what it has to offer them.

The NFC technology in this game allows for a more interactive game experience among players.

The idea behind near field communication tech is that it gives two devices that are close to one another (or touching) the ability to wirelessly exchange data. It is the foundation of the Skylanders franchise from Activision and of the Disney Infinity franchise.

NFC Technology - NintendoEarlier in May, Nintendo announced that it would be taking what looked to be its first steps into this particular marketplace. This was through its announcement of the Nintendo Figurine Platform (NFP). That platform was designed to support training as well as in upgrading the versions of in-game figures of a range of different characters in Nintendo games. It will support games on the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Wii U.

At that time, the company also stated that it intended to launch the first titles that were compatible with the NFP, over its Wii U and that they would become available before the end of 2014. It also plans to have the 3DS games ready for sale at some point in 2015.

Although the company has announced that the NFC technology would be used for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it has yet to actually announce the figures that would be working with the game. That said, there is still time before the release of that game – which is expected out this winter – and the tech may be used entirely differently by then.

NFC technology rumored for iPhone 6

Apple may be including Near Field Communication (NFC) tech in its next gen iPhone.

According to a recent report from BrightWire, a New York-based global investment newsier, it is likely that Apple will be adding NFC technology into its next generation iPhone.

Apple has partnered with China UnionPay to incorporate the bankcard firm’s services into Passbook.

The BrightWire report, which obtained information from a “source close to the matter”, revealed the deal that was made between the two companies would enable iPhone users to download the bankcard company’s application to Passbook, giving users the power to make NFC payments on more than 3 million of the bankcard’s “QuickPass” POS machines in China.

The sole domestic bankcard organization and interbank network in China, China UnionPay’s network connects ATMs across the country’s fourteen major banking institutions among others. Presently, China UnionPay is creating a payments system that is consistent with its People’s Bank of China (PBOC) QuickPass standard and is compatible with the iOS platform.

UnionPay and Apple will also work together on developing a mobile payments service separate from the NFC payment. According to the source, the other mobile payment solution from the two companies will be designed for purchasing products in Apple stores.

Apple filed for an NFC technology patent earlier this year.

nfc technolgoy - mobile paymentsMedia reports from earlier this year have said that in January 2014, the company filed for a patent covering NFC technology with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Some people may find it surprising if Apple incorporates Near Field Communication technology into their iPhone 6, considering back in 2012, Phil Schiller, the company’s head of marketing, stated that NFC was not the clear solution to any current problem at the time.

Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities’ analyst predicted Apple would incorporate several features into its next gen iPhone, including NFC chips. There has also been news that Apple is looking into developing a mobile payment solution that involves the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that already exists on the iPhone 5s and is rumored to be included in the iPhone 6, as well. Another speculation that was born after the company filed for a patent in September 2013 is Apple may combine NFC technology and its current fingerprint scanner into the home button.