Nintendo's upcoming Wii U Pokemon features Skylanders-like toys

Pokemon Rumble U to come with Skylanders-like toys in Japan, though Nintendo has no news on an American or European release at the moment.

Nintendo's next Wii U Pokemon game will feature Skylanders-like NFC technology.

Japan's CoroCoro magazine reports (spotted via Serebii) that Pokemon Rumble U, a downloadable follow-up to previous Rumble games on the DS and 3DS, will launch in Japan this April alongside six standard figurines and one special character.

Pokemon Rumble 3 is the first Wii U game to make use of the console's in-built NFC technology. Information, such as battle data, can be stored directly onto the figurines themselves.

Pikachu is the only toy shown directly in the magazine scan, but the feature is accompanied by artwork of Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig, and Victini.

In Japan, the eShop game will be released on April 24 at a cost of ¥1,800 (£12.60/$18.80). The figures will set players back ¥200 (£1.40/$2.10) each.

Nintendo said to GameSpot it has no news regarding a European release of Pokemon Rumble 3 at the moment.

Publisher Activision has seen enormous success from its Skylanders series, which also makes use of NFC tech and an accompanying range of toys. Skylanders has made over $500 million and sold over 100 million toys. The third game in the series, Skylanders Swap Force, is due for release later this year.

Disney is also working on its own similar title, Disney Infinity, for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, 3DS, and Wii U in June.

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151 comments
rushiosan
rushiosan

I live in Brazil, so, I'm forced to skip this. Even if these toys come to my country, they'll be like US$ 50 per unit.

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

Lets be totally honest. this will well and truely kick the wii-u into millions of homes.  when this is released the kids will take over the planet and parents will be crying themselves to sleep at night.  hurry up nintendo and release this... and zelda 

kreegan64
kreegan64

Didn't like the idea with Spyro, didn't like the idea with Disney, definitely do not like with Pokemon. Especially since they have other series that haven't had games for a while (Starfox, F-Zero, ect.)


At least it seems it will be a more reasonable price (I remember Skylanders was going for nearly $100 and an additional $7+ dollars per figurine, not sure about now) at $18-$20 for the game and about $2 per figurine (though, there are hundreds more pokemon than skylanders characters, so that'll most likely cover it)


This pretty much confirms for me that they'll never make another console RPG of pokemon in the style of Colosseum or Gale of Darkness; quite potentially my best experiences with that franchise.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

This is actually a great idea. It could also boost up the sales for WII U. I hope the do a 3DS release as well. Also, judging by how any Pokemon there are, Nintendo will release way more toys to collect. More than skylanders. Money Train choochoo

HeCtic_GaMer
HeCtic_GaMer

I would rather just see Nintendo work on real hardcore games, it looks like they are failing to appeal to anyone in the western world, but I bet this will give them a boost in sales with kids

megakick
megakick

went to BEST BUY today there is like no 3DS or Wii-U games on the self... The new consoles have the smallest library of games of all the consoles.

simomate
simomate

You know, I actually think I want this because it would awesome to collect physical version of pokemon :D 

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

release it in the States WTF come on WTF

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I'm surprised this wasn't out sooner. Had this been around at launch, Wii U might be selling better. This could be a real money-train for Nintendo.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

everyone loves Pokemon as far as im concerned this should have been out before skylanders. 

im sure people will buy these. disney will probably be the one that will fail

rmiller365
rmiller365

I'm sure Nintendo could use the money right now. But with Skylanders still selling well and Disney getting in on the tech too, Nintendo better hope they don't over saturate the market.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

pokemon should have done this years ago, they have so many to collect

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

Gotta say it's a smart business move.  Pokemon players enjoy collecting, now they're giving them something to collect that they can make even more money off of.

TheThoughtless1
TheThoughtless1

I think if they were to release this now and it was anything like Skylanders (of course with some added features like an in-game/multiplayer arena) ,this game would really move a lot of units.   

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Wii U+nfc tech+pokemon=$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

If they would only relent and put a main line Pokemon rpg on the Wii U, then have people buy pokeballs with the readable tech, who would need to catch them all in game.  You could buy them, and Nintendo would be drawning in dough.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Does the manual contain advice for bullying your parents into buying you more figures?

alrepairs
alrepairs

Lol at the old men criticizing a series they loved as kids / teens.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

License to print money: confirmed.

I don't want it, but it will have great margins and push the Wii U very well.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

of all the games Nintendo should be making, this is front and center. Think this gonna save the wii u...

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

This is nice, but I think I'll buy a 3DS and wait for Pokemon X and Y to come out.

TinCanThrasher
TinCanThrasher

Great, now I can't argue to my friends that Skylanders is an unique game.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

So when will we see that open world 3d pokemon that should of been made by now?


kbaily
kbaily

And now Nintendo will make all the money in the world.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

Microtransactions in physical form! Yeah! Gotta catch em all!!!

Kyanzaki
Kyanzaki

I knew it!! I knew it was going to come to this...but it would be nice to see it done for a new Pokémon game like Pokémon Colosseum or XD, or make a new game that links up to X and Y...but it will fly off the shelves because of Pokémon...

Apastron
Apastron

The people that handle the Pokemon license are idiots.  What a waste.

Zoza24
Zoza24

Are people still play and watch Pokemon?..

Unbelievible :/

I was a fan of that bullshit since i was fucking what 14? or something?.. I cannot believe people still watch Pokemon, or even play Pokemon.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@tmthywtsn You have no faith in Nintendo? Come on, how long have they been in this industry for again?

simomate
simomate

@Apastron No its a genius BUSINESS move. It looks like it will print mone!

simomate
simomate

@Zoza24 Also, you forget that babies are being born every day... 

FlameEmperor
FlameEmperor

@Zoza24  Pokemon isn't going anywhere soon. The series is loved by many. Because you don't like it does't others won't. Bullshit huh? Pokemon is more fun and better than a lot of games that are released today. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Zoza24 The pokemon anime died long ago for most of us original fans, but there's nothing wrong with playing the games. Might be the same formula every time, but it's still enjoyable. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Zoza24 

I find it amazing that there are people who act like children don't exist or that adults are not allowed to enjoy things like this. 

Just because you no longer like it doesn't mean everyone else is exactly the same way.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

@GSJones1994 Apparently long enough to have become senile as to what they as company should be producing for their loyal fans. Like seriously Pokoymon or whatever... this is what I should buy a wii u for... this! no I would buy for a new Metroid, Star Fox (provided they keep the fox in the ship), Zelda ( not that wind waker HD nonsense), Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, not this. Sigh

FlameEmperor
FlameEmperor

@tmthywtsn New 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Zelda Wii u and more will be revealed at e3. If you watch some Nintendo Directs you'd know about that.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@Lhomity @TinCanThrasher @GSJones1994 @GOGOHeadray Exactly. One of the main features of the Pokemon games is that you are supposed to trade Pokemon with other players.

Placing every single Pokemon into one console game defeats the purpose of it. That is unless they make some console RPG with a different setup than the handheld games.