New details have arisen about the upcoming Wii U downloadable title, “Pokemon Rumble U.” According to Nintendo Everything, the game will utilize miniature figurines in the real world to transfer Pokemon into the game. There is still no release date for “Pokemon Rumble U” in America, but the Japanese release date has been confirmed to be April 24, 2013.
These figurines can be scanned by the Wii U gamepad, and the Pokemon will be placed into the game, similar to how the figurines for "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" work. The Pokemon that are in the figurines will also record their battle information, and thus will keep any changes they receive in game after being sent back to the figurine. These figurines can then be taken to a friend’s house and used in their game if the player wishes to. The figurines will be sold at a price of 200 yen in Japan, which is approximately $2 in the United States. At launch, 6 of these normal figurines will be available in stores, along with a “special” figurine.
The “Pokemon Rumble” series began on the original Wii, when it was released as a WiiWare title in 2009. The title placed toy figures of Pokemon in various settings where they had to battle armies of Pokemon in an attempt to win an event called the Battle Royale. The title offered very simple gameplay, but it could get quite frantic when four players were playing the game, particularly later on when the wild Pokemon came in groups of 20 Pokemon or more. A second title was released on the Nintendo 3DS, which had the same basic concept, but was available in portable format.
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