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Pokémon Rumble U

Nintendo Shows Off Screenshots And Toys, Announces Release Date
by Liz Lanier on Jul 17, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release:
Rating: Everyone
Platform: Wii U

For Pokémon fanatics who can't hold out until October for X and Y, a new title is coming to the Wii U's eShop next month. Rumble U will feature pokémon figurines with NFC compatibility.

Pokémon Rumble U looks pretty similar to a title we previously featured, Pokémon Scramble U. Scramble U was only released in Japan, and featured the same NFC configured toys as Skylanders.

In the action title, the figurines link with the Wii U gamepad to appear in the game. While solo play is an option, up to four friends can play together cooperatively or compete against each other.

Considering the success of Skylanders, which was made up almost entirely of new characters, Pokémon Rumble U could be a big seller for Nintendo. The franchise is built entirely around collecting as it is ("Gotta catch 'em all!") so collectible figurines featuring already well-loved characters could be the next hit. 

Rumble U will include all 649 pokémon through Black 2 and White 2 in the actual game. Pikachu, Victini, Deoxys, Eevee, and Genesect will be the first figurines among 18 available for a suggested retail of $3.99 each exclusively at GameStop.

Pokémon Rumble U is coming August 29 for $17.99. Will you be downloading this title? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Bellevue, WA—July 17, 2013—The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today the upcoming release of Pokémon Rumble U:  a fun-filled action game, with intuitive controls, and wild battles. Pokémon Rumble U, the first Pokémon game exclusively for the Wii U system and the first Wii U title to feature Near Field Communication (NFC) figures, will be available in North America via Nintendo eShop on August 29th, 2013.

Pokémon Rumble U is the tale of a great adventure featuring Toy Pokémon, beginning when a delivery of Toy Pokémon is swept down a river and washes up on a strange riverbank. Our bewildered Pokémon heroes set out to find their way back to the Toy Pokémon Shop. Along the way they discover all is not right. Players will learn why some of the Toy Pokémon are fighting each other, and what the enemy Pokémon are plotting.

Featuring all 649 Pokémon through Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and with hundreds of moves to master, Pokémon Rumble U will provide hours of entertainment for new and old Pokémon fans alike.     

Pickup and play controls will allow players to jump in and play solo, or with friends, as they accompany your Pokémon heroes on their quest to return to the Pokémon Toy Shop. They will pass through a variety of fun-filled locations, like Sparkly Playland, Mysterious Forest, and Blue Sky Park.

In Pokémon Rumble U, the more Pokémon you defeat, the more Pokémon you can befriend. Different types of Pokémon have different strengths and weaknesses, so players will have to think of which Pokémon would be best in battle.

Other surprises and pickups will crop up along the way—which will help strengthen the team, restore health, or cause damage to the opponents. Pikachu and friends will encounter giant Bosses, and players can even use the Wii U GamePad controller to set off Touch Blasts when faced with many Pokémon in battle at once! 

Up to four players can enjoy multiplayer battles featuring cooperative play to defeat the strongest enemies with team work or friendly competitions to see who can defeat and befriend the most Pokémon at one time. One controller needed per player.

Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures, based on the Toy Pokémon featured in the game, will be available to link up with Pokémon Rumble U via the Wii U GamePad. Sold exclusively at participating GameStop retail stores starting August 29th, the Pokémon that show up in Pokémon Rumble U by using an NFC Figure can grow stronger by using Coins that you receive in game. Players can even change moves or add a Special Trait to their NFC Figure so it can be one of their most dependable allies in the game. The NFC Figure can even save in-game data so you can take it wherever you go. A random assortment of eighteen Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures, including Pikachu, Victini, Deoxys (Normal Form), Eevee, and Genesect, will be available at GameStop for a suggested retail price of $3.99 each. Pokémon Rumble U NFC Figures are optional and are sold separately packed in a concealed capsule.

Pokémon Rumble U will be available August 29th for $17.99 in the Nintendo eShop. Visit Pokemon.com for more Pokémon Rumble U news.