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Rovio, the Finnish developer of the Angry Birds mobile game franchise has announced a new installment of the popular bird launching game. Before you get your hopes up, the new Angry Birds Magic will only be available on Nokia phones running the newest "Anna" update, and will require users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.
NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a short range wireless technology that can be used to transmit data. Attendees at the upcoming WIMA NFC Conference will get the 20-level game to try out. Only five levels will be playable at first, then users must seek out another player with an NFC enabled phone to exchange codes. Each friend unlocks another five levels.
No NFC toting friends? Rovio and Nokia will be hiding NFC tags in various items in the real world. No indication as to just what kind of items they might be. We suspect a commercial tie in of some sort. This game feels like more of a tech demo right now. No word on if it will come to other platforms, like Android which does have NFC support in 2.3.3 Gingerbread.