The Wii U is well on its way to becoming Nintendo’s next generation of home consoles. They have confirmed that the Wii U will have a NFC chip (Near Field Communication) that will allow for micropayments for in-game DLC, add-ons and games that will be available on the console’s online storefront. Other uses for NFC could be used for interacting with in-game characters like what they have done with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure on the 3DS.
In other news, Nintendo is contemplating a name change for the Wii U. The reason behind this is that there was a bit of confusion among the more casual crowd that thought the 3DS was merely a redesign of the traditional DS handheld and Nintendo cannot afford to have lost sales due to consumers thinking the Wii U is merely this year’s half-step upgrade instead of a brand new system!