Pokemon Rumble is first Wii U game to use NFC

The first Wii U game to support near field communication (NFC) tech will be Pokémon Rumble U.

Set for release in Japan on April 24, it will enable players to buy collectible figures from Pokémon Center stores, scan them using the GamePad's NFC reader, and then import virtual versions into the game world, scans of CoroCoro magazine (via Serebii) reveal.

The game will cost 1,800 yen (£12.60 / $18.80) to download from the Wii U eShop, ONM reports. Six standard figures and one special figure will be available to purchase on launch day, each priced at 200 yen (£1.40 / $2). Pikachu is the only toy to have been confirmed so far, and you’ll be able to train the figures and record your battle information on them.

The game’s story reportedly revolves around players attempting to guide lost Pokémon back to a toy shop, while facing various bosses including Chandelure. Western launch plans for Pokemon Rumble U have yet to be announced.

Last week, Nintendo design chief Shigeru Miyamoto said the company is currently more concerned with releasing its first NFC project than a title which supports the use of multiple GamePads, noting: “With NFC, that's a feature that everyone that owns a Wii U can take advantage of. So that's what we're putting our priorities right now.”

Activision has already seen great success with its NFC Skylanders games, which generated over $1 billion in global retail sales, inclusive of toys and accessories, in just 15 months. The upcoming Disney Infinity will also utilise NFC tech.


  • Tjwoods18 - March 13, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    Sadly I didn't like Pokémon Rumble. Call me when Nintendo puts an old style Pokémon game on the WII U (exclusively) and ill run to GameStop.
  • Arobadope - March 13, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Like what Pokemon snap or pokemon stadium?
  • shawksta - March 13, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Depends, so far, i think its confirmed they still dont want to make a full game on the Consoles what with 3DS using 3D models now. If your talking about like stadium, Pokemon Battle Revolution was basically it, pushing the stadium concept that apparently allot people never understood and only blabbed about Minigames. ill say this. Pokemon Rumble, was a cool concept, but it was otherwise too simplistic and i didnt like the fact that it was only Gen 1 and Gen 4 and skipping everything else, even with Gen 4 having evolutions to Gen 2-3, they werent present. Pokemon Rumble Blast on 3DS Improved the game ALLOT, its still the same gameplay but if you somewhat liked the original, you'll be amazed at just how better Blast is, especially with every single pokemon being collectable. Also, apparently this is what happens at Gamefreak: "Whats that!? a New Idea but it will alter the main game? F THAT, Make it a spin off!"
  • JarkayColt - March 13, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    Hah! I knew it! Then again, it WAS pretty obvious.
  • shawksta - March 13, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    Yeah it was, Pokemon wouldve have to use it one way or another. Although i wonder if the game will be fully based on this or if you can play the game entirely without them but i doubt it but still
  • JarkayColt - March 13, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    That's true, and I'm glad they're doing it with a spinoff game. It's a fun idea but I don't think it would belong in the main series. It doesn't take a genius to work out that at those prices, it would cost an absolute FORTUNE to "catch" every Pokémon that way, so I highly doubt using the figures is going to be mandatory. At least, I would hope not! It might just serve as a sure-fire way for someone to obtain a particular favourite of theirs... or certain Pokémon just may not appear in the game normally.
  • wadesmit - March 13, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    I'm actually more sure that it would be mandatory to have the figurines. The price of buying those things would rack up fast, and if people didn't have to buy them, they eventually would stop. Making Pokemon only accessible via the NFC figures means more money for them.

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