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The Wii U Will Take Digital Money in Japan

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Starting July 22, Wii U owners in Japan can use digital money cards to buy stuff through the Nintendo eShop.

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According to Nintendo, the digital money cards that can be used include Suica, Pasmo, Kitaca, Toica, Manaca, Icoca, Sugoca, Minoca, and Hayakaken.

These cards are embedded with IC chips and are typically used to buy train or bus tickets as well as make purchases at convenience stores. The reason for the plethora of cards is that they are regional (for example, Icoca is used in Osaka, while Suica is used in Tokyo).

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To use the digital money cards with the Wii U, simply touch the card to the Wii U GamePad as seen in the above photo.

家庭用ゲーム機「Wii U」でSuicaがご利用いただけるようになります [Nintendo]

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DISCUSSION

codyridleyneo
Cody Ridley

The Wii U Gamepad already has NFC built in (as we all know for sure now due to Amiibo), so it is not even close to a stretch for them to implement usage of NFC tap and pay NFC tech on your smartphone (something Android already does, primarily Google Wallet and ISIS). It wouldn't even be hard to just have Nintendo accept money from your Google Wallet account, tap your phone on your Gamepad and bam, you're done and you don't need your card saved to your Nintendo Network account.

Hell, you could even buy some Google Play credit from Gamestop, get points for that, and then use that to pay for things on Nintendo Network and get DDP points for that.