Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U hardware will utilize NFC (near-field communication) technology to connect physical objects to games and facilitate micropayments.

The company this week said the technology could allow Wii U owners to use cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data and facilitate micro-payments via compatible wireless payment methods that includes credit cards attached to smartphones.

Nintendo has not issued technical hardware specifications for the Wii U, though it will utilize a CPU by IBM Corp. and a custom Radeon graphics chipset by AMD Inc to relay high-definition visuals.

The Wii U is scheduled to be released in 2012.

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