We've been following developments of Pokémon Rumble U (Pokémon Scramble U in Japan), with its Skylanders-esque loot-draining potential in the form of toys that can be placed on the GamePad and inserted into the game. Now its North American destiny has been revealed, as Nintendo announced plans to bring it to the Wii U eShop on August 29.
The NFC (Near Field Communication) figures will debut alongside the game, and will be sold exclusively via GameStop in individual blind boxes priced at $3.99 each. Among the initial eighteen figures are Pikachu, Victini, Deoxys (Normal Forme), Eevee, and Genesect.
As for Pokémon Rumble U itself, the downloadable game that features all 649 Pokémon doing battle will run you $17.99. Here's Nintendo's official synopsis:
Pokémon Rumble U is the tale of a great adventure featuring Toy Pokémon, beginning when a delivery of Toy Pokémon is swept down a river and washes up on a strange riverbank. Our bewildered Pokémon heroes set out to find their way back to the Toy Pokémon Shop. Along the way they discover all is not right. Players will learn why some of the Toy Pokémon are fighting each other, and what the enemy Pokémon are plotting.