Since Nintendo announced the Wii U would come with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology last year, we've been waiting for the inevitable Pokémon game reveal that combines the toy and game concept started by Skylanders and picked up by Disney Infinity. That reveal came Wednesday in a Japanese magazine article for Pokémon Rumble U.
Pokémon Rumble U will be released to the Wii U this April as a downloadable title and will use toy figurines purchased at Pokemon Center stores according to a CoroCoro magazine scan translation from Serebii.net. There will be six standard figures available along with one special figure. Each figure is '"trainable" and battle information can be recorded on them.
The magazine scan shows a Pikachu figurine being placed on the Wii U GamePad where it is then appears in the game.
According to Serebii, the story is: "[T]he toy Pokémon have been lost from the shop after falling in the river. The task is to get back to the Toy Shop, while facing various bosses such as Chandelure."
Nintendo appears to be taking a more cautious, less ambitious approach with Pokémon Rumble U versus the largely ambitious approach of Skylanders or even Disney Infinity which will use playsets as well. Given how the market is for toy-based games is getting more crowded with Disney's entrance, that may be a wise choice while Nintendo tests out the capabilities and appeal of a toy-based Wii U game from exisiting franchises.
Pokémon Rumble U is a follow-up to Pokémon Rumble for the Wii and Pokémon Rumble Blast for the Nintendo 3DS. It will support up to four players and feature all Pokémon from previous generations. There's been no word yet on a North American or European release yet.