Pokemon Rumble U: NFC figures revealed, priced

Friday, 15th March 2013 08:53 GMT By Dave Cook

Pokemon Rumble U is taking a Skylanders approach to the wee critters, by supporting plastic figures that can be scanned into Nintendo’s console using NFC technology. The first images of the toys have been revealed and priced for Japan.

Kotaku reports that the game will launch alongside a starter set of figures, which includes Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Torchic, Piplup, Lucario, Victini and a special, secret creature. See the full set here.

However, the toys will be sold individually through capsule-based vending machines – similar to Gacha Balls – and priced ¥200 each (around £2). While it’s a novel idea you won’t know which creature you’re getting until you pop the lid off. Who wants ten Snorelax, for example?

Nintendo is also selling a carry case for your Pokemon, that will be priced at ¥780 (around £7.99). See it here.

What do you make of the Pokemon Rumble U concept? Let us know below.



  1. Francis O

    Yeah, that might be a issue with doubles. It’s a great idea though. It will sell really well in Japan. The pricing is much cheaper than Skylanders or Disney Infinity too.

    I think Nintendo will announced a Pokemon the Trading Card game at E3 for the Wii U. There hasn’t been a game in that series since the GBC.

    Overall, Nintendo just needs to stick to the course. Get their content out, and they will be fine.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. friendlydave

    I do not like how that Pikachu looks, but I like the idea of only getting these from capsule machines. Wasn’t the original concept for the Pokemon games is that you bought the Pokemon from capsule machines?

    @1 The trading card game on GBC was one of my favourite handheld games for a long time.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Imperius

    Lol stick the corse and they will be fine pfffft. No one wants Nintendo’s crapectacular hardware. I love their games but I want their games on current hardware like PC, PS4, and Next Box. Wii U = Xbox 360 and PS3 which is now old tech now.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    In Japan this wil DEFINITELY be huge!

    In America, I think it’ll enjoy a lot of success too.

    I think this is Ninty’s get out of jail free card this gen. At least in the short term. To be honest, I think this should be front page news, Ninty are gonna fucking rake it in off the back of this.

    #4 2 years ago

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