The system's 6.2" touchscreen controller will support wireless communication between devices in close proximity.
The technology means that the Wii U tablet controller can be used to make micropayments and read data contained with electronic cards and figurines, similar to the technology used in last year's Activision release Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.
"By installing this functionality, it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the videogame world," Nintendo's Satoru Iwata explained.
During the same briefing, Iwata also announced plans to launch the Nintendo Network, a new online service akin to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the system will offer competition and communication among users, and support the sale of digital content.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the Wii U will be released in all major gaming territories by the end of 2012.
> Wii U: Nintendo's stunning new console
Watch a concept trailer for the Wii U below: