Release details for North America have now emerged on pokemon.com. 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.
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.