Nintendo has confirmed that Pokemon Rumble U will be coming to the US and the UK on August 29 and August 15 respectively.
Gotta — rumble ’em all? Yup, apparently you can – and quite soon at that!
Originally released in Japan as Pokemon Scramble U, Pokemon Rumble U is Japan’s answer to Activision’s Skylanders series. The game will be made available as digital content via the Wii U’s eShop for $17.99 in North America. The price tag for the UK is currently unknown.
Like Skylanders, Pokemon Rumble U features collectible figures that interact with the Wii U’s Near Field Communication (NFC) feature. It is currently the first Wii U title to implement the technology.
For those who don’t know, New Field Communication works pretty much just like Bluetooth from what I’ve researched. Each figurine has a built-in NFC base that can be placed on a NFC reader on the Wii U’s GamePad. The reader will read the respective figurine’s stats and data and place that figure into the game itself.
Unlike paying $6.99 for a new Skylanders figure at GameStop, Nintendo will sell “a random assortment of eighteen Pokemon Rumble U NFC Figures” exclusively via the same retail store chain in North America for a suggested price of $3.99 each. The currently available figurines will include Pikachu, Victini, Deoxys (Normal Forme), Eevee and Genesect.
Nintendo’s announcement passes off these little figurines as entirely optional, saying that the figures themselves are “not a requirement to play the game“. This suggests that players will be able to play Pokemon Rumble U without having to ever buy a figurine. Should players buy one, however, then they’d be allowed to level up their respective figures and change their move sets. The necessary data will be saved and stored in the figurine itself via the NFC feature.
Nintendo’s official – yet cute – blurb for Pokemon Rumble U states the following:
‘Pokemon Rumble U’ is the tale of a great adventure featuring Toy Pokemon, beginning when a delivery of Toy Pokemon is swept down a river and washes up on a strange riverbank. Our bewildered Pokemon heroes set out to find their way back to the Toy Pokemon Shop. Along the way they discover all is not right. Players will learn why some of the Toy Pokemon are fighting each other, and what the enemy Pokemon are plotting.”
Pokemon Rumble U will feature all 649 current pokemon, which is up to and including fifth-generation. It is not likely that the game will include any of the pokemon for Pokemon X and Y (six-generation), even the already announced ones. Players can also take part in multiplayer battles with up to three co-op partners.
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