We store cookies, you can get more info from our privacy policy.

Pokémon Rumble U Coming to NA and EU, Figures Are GameStop Exclusive

by Justin Baker - July 17, 2013, 11:13 am EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: (Press Release via GoNintendo), http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=2...

Better start lining up outside the store now!

Pokémon Rumble U will be coming to the Wii U eShop in Europe on August 15 and North America on August 23. The figures will be exclusively sold at GameStop stores in North America, priced at $4 a piece. As of now, there is no confirmed distribution method for the figures in Europe.

The game features all 649 Pokémon included in Black 2 and White 2, and follows the story of a group of Pokémon toys trying to find their way back to the toy shop they came from.

Pokémon Rumble U made waves when it debuted in Japan as the first game to take advantage of the NFC function on the Wii U. Players were able to use the figures in conjunction with the NFC built into the GamePad to unlock in-game characters, although the use of figures is not required to play the game. Read our review of the Japanese version for more details.


VahneJuly 17, 2013

It's unfortunate that Nintendo loves Gamestop so much.

TJ SpykeJuly 17, 2013

Vahne, why does it matter? GameStop is fine, most of the stores are really good. You will find problems with any retailers, so I don't think it matters if they use GameStop.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 17, 2013

I wonder how much of this was "GameStop was the only major retailer that showed interest." vs "Man, let's give GameStop the hookup!"

I agree with you Vahne.  From dealing with GameStop and Skylanders, they're about the last retailer I'd want to deal with on this.  They get very little stock, they plaster giant, ugly stickers on the cardboard, they completely botched the last promo they ran, advertising one thing and sending a different direction to the stores (then many stores went a third, completely different direction...)

Oh, and there's the whole thing with them pulling the rare chase variants out at the warehouses and selling them online in insane $500+ bundles.

TJ SpykeJuly 17, 2013

With how much money stores make from the Skylanders franchise, and Pokemon is vastly more popular, do you really think stores like Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us wouldn't want in on this too?

nickmitchJuly 17, 2013

Pokemon is far too popular for Nintendo to want to hedge their bet a little. GameStop had to have made an offer. Target or Wal*Mart might've been better partners.

So if these are blind drops (as was rumored), whose bloody idea was it?

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 17, 2013

Quote from: nickmitch

Pokemon is far too popular for Nintendo to want to hedge their bet a little. GameStop had to have made an offer. Target or Wal*Mart might've been better partners.

Disagree.  This property has numerous things against it as is.

1) It's on Wii U.
2) It's digital download only (which most of the mega retailers haven't really embraced yet).
3) It's Pokemon, yeah, but it's Pokemon spin-off.  The original was WiiWare, and as such, probably sold about seven copies.  The second was a 3DS game that had... lackluster sales (I got mine on clearance from Best Buy for $10! Whoo!).
4) It's coming out at a time when the third Skylanders game and Disney's big toy-based line is launching.  Stores only have so much shelf space.  Use it for a proven toy-based game or toys from a game that they can't even sell?  On a system that isn't selling?

nickmitchJuly 17, 2013

Good point. I forgot the game was download only. That makes this move make a lot more sense then. Nintendo seems to like going to GameSpot with this sort of thing.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 17, 2013

Yeah, GS and BestBuy are the only two major retailers that sell individual game download codes.

I'd say GS expressed an interest in carrying it, but really got on board with the idea of offering it as an exclusive product.  But that's just my guess.

OblivionJuly 18, 2013

I thought Target did individual game downloads too?

Got a news tip? Send it in!