The new Pokemon game for the WiiU will come with “Skylanders”-like stuffed toys to coincide with the game’s release, writes Martin Gaston for Gamestop on March 13. This story was originally featured in Japan’s CoroCoro magazine
Known as NFC technology, these toys will be used with “Pokemon Rumble 3.” “Information, such as battle data, can be stored directly onto the figurines themselves,” Gaston writes.
This toy release is right now only announced with Japan; Nintendo has said there are no plans yet on a North American or European release for such a feature. So far, Pikachu is the only Pokemon revealed to be part of the toy line, but there are reported to be a total of six toys that will be released. The CoroCoro article also featured artwork for Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig, and Victini.
The cost for the game will be ¥1,800 ($18.80), while each figurine will be ¥200 ($2.10).
The “Skylanders” series from Activision, which is the inspiration for this Pokemon line, has been a huge success. This series also makes use of the NFC technology, and has made over $500 million worldwide. A third game in the series, “Skylanders Swap Force,” is set for release later this year.
For more information, check out Martin Gaston’s article on Gamespot.