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Pokémon Rumble U Gets Into a Dust-Up With the Wii U eShop on 15th August

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

29th August in North America, GameStop to sell NFC figurines

Update Two:

Release details for North America have now emerged on This title will arrive two weeks later than in Europe on 29th August, while GameStop will sell accompanying NFC (Near Field Communication) figurines, with equivalent details yet to be clarified for Europe.

For the first time on the Wii U, special Pokémon Rumble U Near Field Connection (NFC) Figures will be available to link up with Pokémon Rumble U via the Wii U GamePad. These Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures will show up inside your game. The Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures are optional and will be sold exclusively at participating GameStop stores starting August 29th.


Nintendo has issued the following statement to MCV regarding plans for NFC figurines for Europe:

We're still working through the plans for the small number of figurines we plan to release, and will update people in due course.

Original Article:

We've voiced our frustration, on some occasions, at Nintendo's absence to date on the Wii U eShop; we refer to download-only titles published and / or developed by the company. That looks set to change on 15th August, as Nintendo of Europe and The Pokémon Company International have confirmed that Pokémon Rumble U — known as Pokémon Scramble U in Japan — will start scrapping on Wii U systems in the region. At the time of writing no equivalent release date has been confirmed by Nintendo of America.

This brawler promises pick up and play controls, with battles in locations such as Sparkly Playland, Mysterious Forest, and Blue Sky Park. There'll be solo play, or four pals can jump into battles together, with lots of characters to unlock to take on waves of enemies and large bosses; the multiplayer option will be co-op or head-to-head, depending on your mood. There'll be plenty of collectibles, including all 649 Pokémon discovered up to Pokémon Black & White 2, while you'll need to master strengths and weaknesses of various 'mon and utilise the GamePad touch screen to activate weapons such as bombs.

We can expect plenty of chaotic action, as you can see from the Japanese trailer below. What's not been confirmed, in any form, is support for additional figurines that unlock characters via the GamePad's NFC features. It seems likely that either these characters will simply be included in the game without figurines to unlock them, or details on that feature will follow at a later date.

So, are you looking forward to jumping into this on the Wii U eShop in mid-August? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll keep you posted on a North American release date, but we expect that it'll be similar.

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Shworange said:

Even if the figures aren't sold in the US or Europe, it would be nice if the NFC portion was not locked to us. Then we could at least maybe find some figures on eBay. Or maybe we could get the figures through club nintendo. One could only hope.



Shworange said:

Nevermind. I just searched eBay and one figure is selling for 14 bucks. The rest is going for over 25 dollars. Club Nintendo it is then.



XCWarrior said:

I picked up the 3DS version on clearance at Best Buy a few months back, but still need to try it out. Much different than your standard Pokemon, that's for sure.



rjejr said:

If you need the Gamepad screen for bombs how does multiplayer work?
I hope the US gets this, my kids have spent plenty of time playing the 1st two.



wasf said:

maybe for 20 bucks, not for a full 40-50 price...!



Shambo said:

@Buzzthebatgirl What Sissel says.

It's all about the collectability of the figures, and finally seeing that NFC do its thing. Now it's just being a rectangular white line in the otherwise empty corner of my gamepad.



wasf said:


yeh , but u know, code of pincess is digital only and costs 30 buck...tough i hope for 20 £ nice 4 coop!



Sleepingmudkip said:

if this does not goes to us soon i will blow up i love pokemon it was why i got into gaming my first game was leaf green for the gameboy and that how i got to love nintendo



rjejr said:

Has anybody played this yet (it says April in Japan)? The video only has arenas, the Wii game had a home base to choose levels that you worked thru to get to the boss, and the 3DS version added other stuff. If this is simply arena battles that's quite a letdown after the growth in the game from Wii to 3DS.

Anybody in the UE check the eShop yet, maybe it has a price? Or a non-Japanese trailer.

Well here's the best Youtube video I could find.

Downside - 1 arena throughout the whole game (probably done for constant 4-player action)
Upside - a 4-player game my wife can enjoy w/ the kids and I, my kids will play together forever until they get all 649 Pokemon

This and the Pokedex need and update in Oct. The $15 3DS Pokedex should really get a free update after my kids each spent $15 on it. They can charge extra for this.

As for price - somebody mentioned $18 somewhere, I'm guessing $20 US. People who paid $15 for the 3DS Pokedex will pay $20 for this, w/ or w/o toys.



Beta said:

@KingH3nrry and @wasf Because they're supposed to be a retail eShop download, but with no retail physical version available. This is supposed to be something along the pricing of indie games.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Beta Yeah the 17th is today's date (though not August).

Hm...I would think they would sell better if they didn't make the figures GameStop exclusive though. Especially since they're also toys. Like you can find Skylander figures at pretty much every place that sells video games (though I think there maybe some exclusives for certain stores).



RainbowGazelle said:

"We're still working through the plans for the small number of figurines we plan to release, and will update people in due course."
So... never, going by NoE's usual time frame.



gilvelez1 said:

This is BIG!
never been a fan of pokemon but this announcement along with the NFCs. The release and success of Pikmin in Japan, the WiiU is beginning its turn around.
I do wonder if this was the "unannounced new types of game(s)" that Iwata mentioned-



TheHeroOfLegend said:

I knew this would come to America! Because you have to buy figurines, I wonder if its gonna be as good as Skylanders' popularity!



Royalblues said:

@Dogpigfish Only in that you have to buy figures to play as certain characters/monsters. Other than that, no... Nothing could possibly justify a purchase. Not even from me.



Emblem said:

Hmmmm comes out a few days after W101 and 1 day before Etrian4 in the UK, i'll wait for reviews and the pricing.



Captain_Gonru said:

Still not sure if I am interested in this, but I do like to see them using the NFC. I also would like to see the figures more widely available than just Gamestop, though the Pikmin 3 preorder deal shows that they and Nintendo are super pals these days.
On a slightly different note, I'm curious why this site puts the article updates at the top. It makes reading the piece more work than it needs to be.



GamerZack87 said:

WOO! New Skylanders ga- hey, wait a minute...

WOO! New Pokémon Rumble game! I just downloaded the 3DS release last night from the eShop and finished the first Battle Royale. I'm curious to learn how the NFC feature works for the Toy Pokémon though. Wouldn't they slide off the GamePad?



ACK said:

Why not toy pokeballs each with a starter and the ability to store your team?

Different pokeballs could cause unique pokemon to appear, encouraging friends to use theirs together or individuals to collect them all. They allow you to carry you six or so pokemon (functioning as lives) anywhere and everywhere, while the rest are stored in a PC box.

Then sell legendaries or legendary items (Soul Dew, etc) individually; which include a special level with rare items/pokemon and the possible appearance of the legendary (beat the level and it may appear somewhere in the level on subsequent playthroughs, possibly requiring a particular item, or pokemon type).

Finally, they could sell league badges for access to challenging gym levels. Once you've caught and raised a team, buy these to put yourself to the test and become a master.

It seems so easy...



Squiggle55 said:

Ha, some people say "No figures, no buy" and I say the exact opposite - "No buy if I need the figures".



ACK said:

According to the press release, the game will be $18 on the eshop, the figures $4 at Gamestop. Apparently, the figures (of which there are 18) will summon more powerful allies, who can be upgraded with coins and learn special traits. They will not be required. Figures will include Pikachu, Evee, Deoxys (Normal), Genesect, and Victini.



GamerJunkie said:

This game looks terrible... something my 5 year old nephew might like, plus you have to buy figurine toys hahahahahhahahaha.

A real pokemon mmorpg woulda been a hit, too bad nintendo is busy making this kind of thing, just terrible. But suckers will buy it and pay hundreds to play a 5 year olds game.... no wonder Nintendo can't advance they have people supporting this kind of thing.



ACK said:

@GamerJunkie No. My post above yours clearly states that no toys are required. To buy all the game with all the toys, if so desired, would costly exactly $100.

Anyway, you're pretty much right. This is a kids game, for playing with their friends, parents, and the like. What's the problem with that?

I have two kids and their 10 year-old cousin tells them all about Assassin's Creed and Skyrim. All they care about is Mario, Kirby, Zelda, Smash, and Pokemon... These days I'll never complain about games made for kids.



GamerJunkie said:

@ACK Theres nothing really wrong except that half of the games Nintendo has released are games for 5-12 year olds. Its fine for them, but for me its just more news about stuff I am not interested in.

The average gamer is 25+ years old. They said this time they were making a console for gamers, not children. Wii was a console for children and exercising overweight women/families. They promised this would not be that way.

So, yea this game is nice for kids/family, but I'm kinda sick of every game being that way.



rjejr said:

@Beta - Thank you very much for the info. Maybe I can find an english trailer now.

BTW Aug 17th is a Sat., I think the demotion has caused Reggie to lose his mind. I've never seen a game released on a Sat. before, not even a DL one.

OK, I need to read the entire thread before posting. Going to go check out FB now. But GS exclusives, really? I still haven't played Xenoblade b/c of that deal. Oh well, if they are $4 each, that's a whole lot less than my kids pay for regular Pokemon toys w/ go about $5 - $7 each in tubes of 3 or 4 or playsets of 7 or 8.



rjejr said:

Around the web US recap -

Aug 29 (Thurs before 3 day Labor Day weekend FYI)
$17.99 DL only
$3.99 for each of the 5 figures available ONLY at Gamestop - BUT they will be "concealed", probably in Pokeballs, so you'll need to buy 20,000 balls to get a Pikachu or whichever one it is you really want (probably why they seem cheap)
Pikachu, Victini, Deoxsys, Genesect and Evee (brown little dog form)
4 player co-op and competitive, but doesn't look like you'll be battling each other, just a timed competition to see who can beat the most other little guys first (that's how I read it anyway, I could be wrong on this last one)

Now we really need to buy a WiiU.



Beta said:

@rjejr No, he didn't lose m mind, I did Sorry, it was the 17th the day I posted that (yesterday) and I must've messed up the date XD



Big_Boy_Chubs said:

This game looks very boring. Don't get me wrong-pokemon is my favorite series, but i would never get this game.



Marioman64 said:

@anthony12 are you kidding? it's real-time Pokemon battling! the Wii one was good, the 3DS one was way-fantastic (I pumped about 200 hours in it), I can only imagine how much they added to the Wii U one. day one buy for me for sure, and just in time for my birthday



Big_Boy_Chubs said:

I'm sorry to get you so mad @Marioman64, but i never saw the appeal of all three of these games. I mean, starting with one move and then EVENTUALLY getting two! Then they made the pokemon look all weird-I get that their supposed to be "toys" but they could have made their appearance better.

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