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.
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.