Pokémon Rumble U Will Be The First Wii U Game To Use NFC

By Ishaan . March 13, 2013 . 12:20am

Pokémon Rumble U, an upcoming Wii U game, will be the first Wii U title to use the console’s “NFC” capability. NFC stands for “near field communication” and is a feature wherein certain real-life objects can be read by the Wii U GamePad, and have in-game effects.


According to a report in CoroCoro magazine (via: Serebii.net), Pokémon Rumble U will allow you to purchase Pokémon figures at a Pokémon Center in Japan and have the Pokémon appear in the game.


Pokémon Rumble U is a follow-up to Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare and Pokémon Rumble Blast on the Nintendo 3DS. The game will support up to four players, and will feature all 649 Pokémon from previous generations, with up to 100 in battle at once.


The game will be released on April 24th in Japan via the Nintendo eShop for 1,200 yen. The Pokémon figures will be released on the same day for 200 yen each.


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  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Here it come lol.

  • Lilith

    Taking a page from Skylanders? Sweet.

    • British_Otaku

      Skylanders is more or less the second coming of Pokemon as far as genius moneygrubbing which doesn’t feel like moneygrubbing and makes the overall experience even better…

      Pokemon had the two separate versions and trading to bring people together which encouraged friends to buy alternative versions (perhaps brothers and sisters to get a system and game themselves) to get the whole experience. Battling each other was brilliant aside from 100s of monsters and some only accessible through trading.

      Skylanders has their figure concept which apparently carries the save data as well.

      Combined, Nintendo could take over our wallets.

  • Once again: a way to make Lord of Vermillion console playable while keeping merchandising intact.

    • Göran Isacson

      Huh… I hadn’t even thought about that, truth be told.

  • Tails the Foxhound

    As long as I don’t NEED them to play, this is fine in my book.

    • Brandon Dutko

      My personal hope is that you can collect them all (except maybe Legendaries?) in-game, but the figures would get you them faster and maybe better versions.

      I can’t imagine it being the ONLY way to play, but at least it’s cheaper than Skylanders or Disney Infinity.

      Though, I haven’t seen any “field” gameplay. Just battle royale stuff, which, if that’s the case, I could see them doing figure only, since you get -nothing- from the Battle Royales.

  • Zonic505

    If they make this so scanning Pokemon cards will net you characters based on the card you scan, I can see the money flowing in for the game and cards.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I can see that in the future, Digimon NFC, Monster Rancher NFC, Tezuka series NFC, Gundam NFC, Lego NFC, Yu-Gi-Oh NFC, and many more here.
    Any other ideas guys?^_^

    • Cardfight Vanguard NFC, Jump NFC, WoW NFC, and that’s about all I can think of right now XD

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Ohh boy all of those sounds nice there.^_^

    • roxas sora

      how about tales wii NFC,or FF NFC?

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Add Dragon Quest, Shin Megami Tensei and Shining NFC there lol^_^

        • roxas sora

          also kh NFC or Ninja gaiden NFC lol.hahahaha this is endless

        • Brandon Dutko

          Oh my god… SMT NFC… All those demon figures.

          Mara figure NFC.

          Wii U confirmed for best console once that happens.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            I would avoid that Mara Figure though lol. I don’t want any of my friends or family thought of strange thing of me lol.

            But actually, even with SMT NFC, i believe the most that they will do is only Devil Survivor Kids Edition monster style lol.

            I actually just think that they can also make Kaijuu NFC there lol.(Kaijuu= Godzilla and friends.^_^)

  • I still hope we can get most of the Pokémon in the game, like leaving Figure-only Pokémon for those that are hard to get, legendaries, etc.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This game is set to make soooo much freaking money.

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