Nintendo is taking a page from the Skylanders/Disney Infinity playbook and having NFC Pokemon toys for the newest Pokemon game.
The first Pokemon game that will use NFC or Near Field Communication toys with the game play will be hitting the Nintendo eShop soon. Pokemon Rumble U, a Wii U exclusive, will be available to download starting August 29th. Long story short, you play as a toy Pokemon who needs to get back to the toy shop you’re destined to live at. The game will feature all 649 Pokemon that have been discovered up to this point.
Rumble U has several attacks to master as well as being able to see your favorite Pokemon is cute toy form. It plays like a classic beat-em-up with certain attacks doing major damage to certain types of Pokemon. Rumble U follows the formula of the other games in the Rumble franchise except that this will be the first game in the series to use NFC toys to use, like I mentioned before. Beating up more Pokemon in battle allows you to befriend more and have more Pokemon in your team to use.
The game will take advantage of the Game Pad touch screen for more than just the NFC toys. There will be touch blasts that will come in handy when you’re going up against large groups of Pokemon at one time. There will be multiplayer where up to four players can play and fight the giant boss Pokemon or have a challenge to befriend the most Pokemon. The NFC figures will be sold exclusively at Gamestop starting August 29th. You’ll be able to power up the figure with coins you collect in the game and be able to save data on the figure. That way, you can take the figure, and the data, wherever you go. There will be 18 figures available at Gamestop and they range from Pikachu and Eevee to Victini and Genesect. They will be 4 dollars each and are sold in sealed capsules, which I hate when they do that. I can already see having a ton of Pikachu figures.