Pokémon Rumble U Trailer Shows NFC in Action
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Details of first set of figurines included
Announced in Coro Coro magazine in February, Pokémon Scramble U, commonly being called Pokémon Rumble U in the West, arrives as a download-only Wii U title on 24th April for 1800 Yen, which at the time of writing equates to just over $18/€14/£12; it continues on from Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare and Pokémon Rumble Blast on 3DS.
With the Wii U platform we can expect plenty of manic action on the screen at once, but as we've previously reported it'll also be the first game to use the GamePad's NFC functionality; rather predictably this'll involve selling small toys to bring characters into the game, rather than eShop card scanning or a free option. It's hardly a surprising move in light of the phenomenal success of the Skylanders series, and the potential for the 'mon franchise to seize the "collect 'em all" trend.
Some details have emerged now on the official site, for one thing confirming that the first "set" of figurines will include the following popular characters - Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Torchic, Piplup, Lucario and Victini. The figures that are scanned into the game can be boosted using in-game currency and can be moved around different Wii U systems by simply scanning them on a GamePad, while retaining stats. So far, so Skylanders, though a welcome extra for those with very young gamers who are interested is that attacks can apparently be made by just using the GamePad's touch screen.
The figures will cost eager fans 200 Yen (approx. £1.40 / €1.60 / $2), and it'll be interesting to see how popular they become. You can see the game in action in the trailer below, so let us know what you think.