One of the more intriguing features on the Wii U GamePad is the NFC (Near field communication) sensor that still has no games that currently support yet. Gamers have been waiting for a NFC enabled Wii U game for quite some time now ever since the console launched in November 2012. Luckily, gamers won't have to wait much longer for an NFC title. On March 13, it was announced that "Pokémon Rumble U" will be released for the Wii U eShop in Japan on April 24. The game will cost 1,200 yen (approximately $12.50) and NFC figures will be released for 200 yen each (approximately $2.08) in retail stores.
The original "Pokémon Rumble" was released as WiiWare in 2009 before the introduction of the eShop. The title was released in Japan in June 2009 while the North American version came out 5 months later. Since Nintendo has already done this in the past, it's extremely likely that once they release "Pokémon Rumble U" in Japan, the US version will come a few months later. This strategy will help boost Wii U sales in both countries dramatically since Pokémon is still one of Nintendo's most popular franchises.
There is said to be a total of 6 NFC figures to be released for the title. Each figure will be able to be read by the Wii U's NFC sensor similar to the 'Skylanders' series. Also, game progress will be able to be saved by each NFC Pokémon figure and can be used for trading. The possibilities of the title can revolutionize the way people play Pokémon and since everybody trades and collects cards, we could very well see many people collecting NFC figures with saved progress in each one.
It'd be strange for Nintendo to release the game only in Japan since they released the original "Pokémon Rumble" for the Wii in both countries, so "Pokémon Rumble U" will most likely make an appearance in North America before the end of 2013. Nothing about a North American version has been confirmed yet, but Nintendo will surely make an announcement at this year's E3 conference in June.