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Unwinding The Secrets Of Pokémon Rumble U

By aquizero on Apr 01 2013 07:00 AM
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These aren't your average every day wind-up Pokémon toys!

If you own a Wii, you may have heard of Pokémon Rumble — the cute button mashing wind-up toy Pokémon spin-off title released for WiiWare in 2009. In Pokémon Rumble, your primary objective is to recruit as many Pokémon as possible by battling countless waves of toy Pokémon in various different themed stages such as Silent Forest, Windy Prairie, Rocky Cave, Fiery Furnace and a few others. Your ultimate goal is to clear all of the stages and participate in the Battle Royale — a free-for-all "last Pokémon standing" tournament to become top toy. You could even play locally, along with three of your friends.

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In 2011, Pokémon Rumble Blast for Nintendo 3DS was introduced into the Rumble series. Aside from the introduction of more toy Pokémon and the stunning use of 3D visuals, the game's formula didn't change much. Being able to use the Toy Shop for StreetPass functionality was one noticeable addition to the series, however. Unfortunately, online multiplayer was not introduced, which leaves the player fending for him or herself more often than not. Local multiplayer was reintroduced, but was limited to only two players. Sadly, each player was required to have a copy of the game to tag along with each other on the battlefields.

This unique series stands apart from other Pokémon spin-off series mainly because it introduces wind-up toy Pokémon. Other than that, the original game quickly loses replay value due to its repetitious and linear gameplay. Not to sound negative, but up to this point I feel the series has so much untapped potential. Toy Pokémon are cute, but do not offer much else. This is where Pokémon Rumble U (known in Japan as Pokémon Scramble U) for Wii U might wind things up and breathe new life into these inanimate Pokémon toys.

A promotional video for this new entry into the series was released about two weeks ago. Ever since, I have been watching it over and over, trying to reveal some goodies that aren't so obvious the first time around. I am happy to report that I have found some. One, in particular, is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth!

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Take a look at this list of noticeable changes that were absent in the previous two Rumble titles:
  • Rare Candy & Revive: This new item appears on the battlefield throughout the video. A Pokémon is seen using one to increase its HP (Hit Points). This is the first type of level-up mechanic for the series. There is also a Revive item on the battlefield that is collected by an Oshawott. It seems we know how Pokémon lives are determined now.
  • Battle items: There are three items revealed in this video. The spike ball, cannon, and rocket. The spike ball is used to damage opponents. The cannon fires Pokémon out onto the battlefield, possibly to cause more damage to your Pokémon. The rocket is used to transport Pokémon to the battlefield.
  • Destructible environments: You can see a few potted trees being destroyed by the player for coins. Also, notice that the rockets can be destroyed prior to Pokémon being released from them.
  • Pokémon sizes: The physical sizes of Pokémon in Pokémon Rumble U are more varied than those found in the previous titles of the series. For example, the normal beginner size differs from the size of the Eevee evolutions and also from the boss Pokémon. It also can be noted that the player can use a Pokémon of increased size in this game, as shown with Pikachu.
  • Toy-like world: The environments shown in this video are all toy-like. This is a direct departure from the previous installments, where realistic environments were used.
  • Floor traps: There are various markings on the battlefield that take on the appearance of traps. This concept may have been adopted from the Mystery Dungeon series. One trap in particular has yellow and black stripes and seems to be emitting sparks.
  • Capture the flag: The Japanese website mentions this new game mode, but if you look close enough you can actually see a flag tower being pummeled in this video.
  • Poké Balls: Perhaps the most iconic item known in the entire franchise, Poké Balls — palm-sized and hollow spherical objects that can be thrown at Pokémon to capture or store them in — are finally making their debut appearance into the series with Pokémon Rumble U. They can be seen randomly scattered throughout the battlefield. Oshawott can even be seen retrieving one. Is this how we can expect to capture Pokémon?
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Lastly, Pokémon Rumble U will give consumers the option to purchase miniature Near Field Communication (NFC) Pokémon figurines from participating Pokémon Centers. When a figurine is used in conjunction with the Wii U GamePad's NFC technology, it will allow the player to bring that Pokémon into the game: wind-up style! Each figure will cost Â¥200 Yen, which is approximately equal to $2 US Dollars. Additionally, each figure contains its own set of battle statistics, which can also be saved onto the Pokémon figurines. Basically, after dropping the Pokémon into the game via NFC, you'll also be able to upload its statistics back onto the figurine. Six standard (and one special) figurines will be available for purchase on the day of launch. Pokémon Scramble U will be released in the Wii U eShop in Japan on Wednesday, April 24th and will retail for Â¥1,800 Yen, which is approximately equal to $19 US Dollars.

With the addition of Pokémon Rumble U into the series, there are a lot of positive improvements. After discovering all of this, my excitement level has reached its peak! You could say I'm all wound up! Japan is lucky enough to have this game released on April 24th, 2013. Does this new info have you more eager to experience this game? If not, what would you like to see that would get you more interested in the Rumble series?

About the Author

Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 2

"You could say I'm all wound up!"

Love it!

quijas31, on 01 April 2013 - 02:37 PM, said:

"You could say I'm all wound up!"

Love it!

Are you interested in this game?