There is this square symbol right below the d-pad on the Wii U gamepad:

Wii U gamepad picture

What does it mean?


That is the location of the NFC reader/writer built into the gamepad (see page 8):

NFC (near-field communication) location

Built-in NFC feature allows the system to read or write to an enabled card or other device.

This works with Wii U software exclusively designed to use this feature (see game packaging for compatibility information)

To the best of my knowledge, Pokémon Rumble U is currently the only game with any support for that feature.

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  • Sometimes is good to RTFM eh? Thank you (: – talles Dec 28 '13 at 12:34
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    BTW there are a lot of games that support NFC. Search for Amiibo for a half dozen examples, but the newest Smash Bros (both WiiU & 3DS) is a prime example. Might be worth updating your answer. – aslum Mar 18 '15 at 16:33

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