Pokemon Rumble U launching August 29

Wii U action game hitting eShop next month for $18; optional NFC figures will be sold at GameStop for $4 each.

The Pokemon Company and Nintendo announced today that Pokemon Rumble U will launch August 29 in the Wii U eShop for $18. The game will not be sold at retail.

It is the first Pokemon game exclusively for the Wii U and the first Wii U title to feature near-field communication figures. The physical toys, optional for gameplay, will be sold exclusively at GameStop for $4 each.

A total of 18 Pokemon toys will be available for purchase, including Pikachu, Victini, Deoxys, Eevee, and Genesect.

Similar to Activision's Skylanders series, the toys will link up with Pokemon Rumble U through the Wii U GamePad. The toys can save in-game data, allowing players to take them wherever they go while keeping their statistics intact.

Pokemon Rumble U features all 649 Pokemon from Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 and sports single-player and multiplayer modes.

Activision's Skylanders series has made over $1 billion and sold over 100 million toys. The third game in the series, Skylanders Swap Force, is due for release this fall.

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 August.

In addition, Rovio Entertainment's newly announced Angry Birds Star Wars II will allow players to purchase physical toys and scan them into the game.

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Discussion

58 comments
kbaily
kbaily

It's kinda like Pokémon meets Skylanders without forcing you to buy the toys though I wonder how many kids will want the toys anyway?

LastJediKnight7
LastJediKnight7

I'm looking forward to this game. I'm glad the figures aren't necessary because I don't plan on buying any.

Dizzy10
Dizzy10

Well i must say this wins hands down as the cheapest NFC figurine game, $4 is bloody cheap! 

The Skylanders figurines are like $10-15 each where i live...not saying i buy them but i know someone that does and i always facepalm when i see the massive collection of them sitting in their house lol.

 As some people have said this might be a quick step up to see how this pans out. Nintendo might invest in a fully fledged Pokemon game in the future pending the results of this.

truegamer22
truegamer22

To Nintendo,if y'all want the Wii U to sell well,make Pokemon Stadium 3

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

... So its not coming out on retail Wii U Disc?

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

POKEMON STADIUM 3, FTW!!!  MAKE IT HAPPEN NINTENDO!!!

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

Good, now make a Pokemon Stadium game to go with X and Y already. =_=

unam10122
unam10122

just give me pokemon stadium 3  

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

This game will be shit and the Rumble series is too.

servb0ts
servb0ts

smart marketing an cheap price I think new Ideas will come of this online feature perhaps a Pokemon FTP MMO?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

So the Wii U controller has built in NFC?  Interesting, didn't know that.

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

Enough with the Colosseum crap. Make a new Pokemon rpg I.P. add choices and consequences. Make it a little more mature. If Nintendo did that I guarantee they will nearly double their Wii U sales.

clouduos
clouduos

why there is no wii u pokemon battle with better graphic and better online system ?(not like the wii) or maybe a pokemon like the DS with better graphic . The DS versions really cool but that doesn't mean put a solid pokemon for Wii U. 

leeko_link
leeko_link

Pokemon doesn't belong on console anyways, I'll just wait for Pokemon X & Y this October instead.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

i have the first game on wiiware.... these games are cool..

looking forward to the U version.

nice2400
nice2400

Play pokemon Generations on PC. DONE

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Eurgh.. What ever happened to picking characters in-game.. This new craze is annoying

nakedsnakeater
nakedsnakeater

they should just make an open-world rpg similar to pokemon generations

Latiran
Latiran

Love the way people say Pokemon is milked when more than likely they haven't even played anything past gen 3 AT ALL

19James89
19James89

I'd only buy a Pokemon game for the Wii U if it followed down an RPG route.

Celsius765
Celsius765

Give me a pokemon coliseum with the same travel mechanics as the handheld games and you've got a sale

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Thanks but no thanks, as much as I like Pokemon, Pokemon Y version is good enough for me and if this was a Pokemon Stadium U, I would be all over it.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

I would've totally been suckered into this game had the figures actually looked like the Pokemon. Not liking the origami look they have. 

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

And here comes the milking . . .

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

Its like a fun game, especially for the younger generation which leads to the question was " Spider-Manslaughter with Pikachu" really the most applicable video to put at the bottom of the article?

mellow09
mellow09

Gamestop is going to be 50% toys by the end of this year.

JohnnyGT1
JohnnyGT1

When this game gets release, it's going to suck for the parents as their wallets are about to get rape. In a good or bad way, depends on how you see it though.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Nah no more bull crap games make a real poke on rpg on console... This is why you suck Nintendo.

Lhomity
Lhomity

If only this game-toy thing existed when I was a kid. =(

Patohua1
Patohua1

Not a terrible idea, although Nintendo seriously needs to get Namco Bandai on board for a Wii-U Yu-Gi-Oh! game that features scan-able cards on the game pad or get Capcom on board for a legit battle chip Megaman game using the game pad.

19James89
19James89

Anything that gets the Wii U off the shelves of shops and retailers and into people's homes the better.

kbaily
kbaily

@GH05T-666 I have a feeling depending on how well it sell digitally that we will see a full disc, probably packaged with a couple figures (like Skylanders). Remember Minecraft was originally download only on PC and 360 and then they finally made a full disc and it sold even more. Give it time.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@unam10122 I was just posting about that earlier.  Pokemon Stadium 3.  Make it happen Nintendo!

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@greenpolyp Colosseum was awful.  The game needed to be made like Stadium and Stadium 2, with classes and teachers and the library and students practice battling and the like. 

Latiran
Latiran

@JDWolfie "Here comes the milking" Here comes another person bitching is more like it.

Sleeping_King
Sleeping_King

@HonorOfGod 

GameFreak makes the Pokemon games not Nintendo >_>

This is probably being handled by some third party team so it isn't taking time away from X/Y, so chill out. Some people actually like the spin offs that shake things up compared to the main series.

Plus, making a standard Pokemon game on a console would just be stupid, almost as stupid as that MMORPG, or "All of the regions!" idea people throw around.

Latiran
Latiran

@Jestersmiles "Said the guy with the Pokemon in his avatar" How sad you people are, what's wrong? can't come up with anything better?

Before bashing why don't you try it first? and FYI i was going to change my avatar but seeing as i rarely bother to come on here because of idiots like you i didn't see the point.
 

JohnnyGT1
JohnnyGT1

Maybe we can see this as a positive thing. As I hope this will keep kids off of M rated games.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Sleeping_King @HonorOfGod If they made an MMORPG pokemon with all regions, how the hell would they be able to top that!?  If anything, they should take it slow and introduce a much simpler Pokémon RPG on the Wii U with HD graphics