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Pokémon Rumble U to Use NFC Figures

by Danny Bivens - March 13, 2013, 6:13 am PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: PK-Mon.com, http://pk-mn.com/n/pokemon-scramble-u-nfc-figure/

Gamers in Japan can get their NFC fix on the Wii U next month.

Pokémon Rumble U, known as Pokémon Scramble U in Japan, will make use of NFC figures in the game, CoroCoro magazine reports. The game is scheduled to go on sale in Japan on the Wii U eShop on April 24 for 1,800 yen.

An initial total of six figures will be sell for 200 yen each. It is currently unclear which Pokémon figures will be available when the game releases, but Pikachu appears to be one of them. The figures will make use of the Wii U GamePad’s built in NFC function in order to implement the figures into the game. The figures can not only be read by the NFC readers and put into the game world, but also have the potential to be raised in game and have its progress saved to the figure.

There is currently no word as to when Pokémon Rumble U will come to the West.

Talkback

So to catch 'em all, pending XY additions, would be 326,000 yen (649 Pokemon + gender differences + alt forms + shiny versions * 200). That's ~$3400 at current exchange rates, which is a fully loaded iMac or Mac Pro.


Better than a new car, but still, the obsessives are going to need to take out a loan.

I hope it stays limited to six figures. I'm having flash backs of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards.

ejamerMarch 13, 2013

Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards? What are those? Haven't seen any so don't really know what you are talking about there.  #StillBitter




Pricing surprises me. I thought Nintendo would charge more and/or try a blind booster tactic to boost sales... but I guess it's already a money-printing machine so there may be no need to bleed consumers further.


Does anyone really think that there will be 649 Pokemon available though?  I expect that number will be trimmed down to something much more manageable - still a few hundred perhaps, but much smaller than Shaymin's estimate - long before considering gender/alt form differences.

TJ SpykeMarch 13, 2013

Since I doubt Nintendo will provide alternate figures for genders, we can rule that out. Shinies probably wont happen (if they do, only a few select ones will be done, likely as promotional deals). And I doubt alternate forms will. Still, based on the current conversion rate, it would cost about $1,336 to but all 649 figures if every Pokemon gets one (649 x $2.06 = $1,336,94).

CericMarch 13, 2013

Honestly I be impressed if Nintendo did Release all of them.  I be more impressed if they also worked for Multiple Games.

nickmitchMarch 13, 2013

Quote from: Shaymin

So to catch 'em all, pending XY additions, would be 326,000 yen (649 Pokemon + gender differences + alt forms + shiny versions * 200). That's ~$3400 at current exchange rates, which is a fully loaded iMac or Mac Pro.


Better than a new car, but still, the obsessives are going to need to take out a loan.

Guess my count was a little off. :(

Mop it upMarch 13, 2013

It doesn't sound like the figures will be necessary to unlock those Pokémon in the game, so I don't think it's quite the same as Skylanders. I'm not clear on that though, so we'll see what happens when the game comes out.

nickmitchMarch 13, 2013

I'm sure they'll release legendaries as figures for this, depending on how popular it is. And maybe instead of a figurine for each pokemon they wanna add, maybe they'll be like a statue of Brock, and you get a selection of rock types.

I liked the WiiWare game, but not enough to buy the DS (3DS?) game. Maybe this will be better?

WiiUIVLifeMarch 13, 2013

Nintendo loves the smell of money... fresh from the print.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMarch 13, 2013

Quote from: TJ

Since I doubt Nintendo will provide alternate figures for genders, we can rule that out. Shinies probably wont happen (if they do, only a few select ones will be done, likely as promotional deals). And I doubt alternate forms will. Still, based on the current conversion rate, it would cost about $1,336 to but all 649 figures if every Pokemon gets one (649 x $2.06 = $1,336,94).

That's not too far off from all the Skylanders figures...

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