Japanese multinational consumer electronics company Nintendo has confirmed that the upcoming game ‘Pokemon Rumble U’ will be released on August 29, 2013 in the US, two weeks after its European premiere on August 15, 2013. The latest game will arrive via the US eShop and will be priced at $17.99.
‘Pokemon Rumble U’ was released in Japan earlier in 2013 and is the first title to implement the Wii U’s Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Nintendo plans to sell a random assortment of 18 different ‘Pokemon Rumble U’ NFC Figures, for $3.99 each and available exclusively via GameStop retail stores in the US. Some of the available figurines will include Pikachu, Victini, Eevee, Genesect and Deoxys (Normal Forme).
The completely optional figurines will allow players to import virtual versions of the same Pokemon into the game, by using the Wii U GamePad’s NFC reader. Each tiny figure features an NFC base which can be placed on the NFC reader, at the Wii U GamePad’s bottom-left and reads its abilities and stats, as well as places that character in the game. However, the cute figures are not actually necessary in order to play ‘Pokemon Rumble U’.
The game’s official blurb reads, “Pokemon Rumble U is the tale of a great adventure featuring Toy Pokemon, beginning when a delivery of Toy Pokemon is swept down a river and washes up on a strange riverbank. Our bewildered Pokemon heroes set out to find their way back to the Toy Pokemon Shop. Along the way they discover all is not right. Players will learn why some of the Toy Pokemon are fighting each other, and what the enemy Pokemon are plotting.”