The upcoming Wii U Pokémon title, Pokémon Rumble U, is expected to be the console’s first game to use its near field communication technology. NFC is a feature that allows specific real-world items to be read by the GamePad, and have some kind of in-game effect.
According to sources, Pokémon Rumble U will enable players to purchase Pokémon figures at a Pokémon Center store and have that Pokémon actually appear in the game itself. Of course, those looking to buy said figures anywhere outside of the Land of the Rising Sun are out of luck, as right now the reports say nothing about the figures leaving Japan.
For those not in the known, Pokémon Rumble U is a sequel to Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare as well as Pokémon Rumble Blast on the 3DS. The game will support up to four players and will feature all 649 Pokémon from the previous generations.
As of now, the game is set for an April 24 release date in Japan via the eShop. It will retail for 1,200 yen, with the Pokémon figures costing a cool 200 yen.