August 8, 2013

Pokemon Rumble U Figures, Something I can get Behind


This past January, I have been selling video games and their accessories for 6 years. Everything from the Wii boom, to the 3DS launch, I have handled it. One “hot selling” game and add-on’s I could not get behind was Skylanders. The game sounds interesting, I have never played it but have had good things from family members and acquaintances. It is a action beat’em up, dungeon crawler romp where figures you put on the portal that comes with the game, get launched into the game. That is all fine and well until you get to the price and the fact that all those small plastic toys you are buying are on the disc you bought. The game, when the yearly iteration is released, runs a price tag of $74.99, then the figures range from $9.99 (per figure) or $19.99 for a 3 pack. People had a meltdown when Capcom was putting DLC on disc and making people pay extra to gain access to content, technically they already owned, how is this any different? The $74.99 starter pack has all the characters on the disc, which is typically 48 characters, but you have to spend between $10-$20 to access a fraction of the content. I really don’t get why this has skyrocketed in popularity, or why no one hasn’t melted down over it, but I have stayed away from it and will continue, no matter how fun the game may be. Disney’s Infinity is being released this year and will directly compete with the Skylanders line, which will receive its third title in three years. Nintendo has a game that is compatible with small plastic figures,  that will release this month, and I like the model they are using and may even pick up the game and a figure or two.

Pokemon Rumble U is heading to the Wii U eShop on August 29th, and will run a fraction of other based figure titles. The game will run you $17.99, and the figures are priced at $3.99. The figures interact with the Wii U Gamepad in the bottom right hand corner, so there is no “portal” or extra accessory to go along with it. The greatest thing is, the figures are not required for the title, they are completely optional. Unlike Skylanders, I am not passing judgment on Infinity until I hear otherwise, all of the content you download from the eShop is accessible with out the plastic toy boundary. 649 Pokemon are available in the game, there will be only 18 figures however. The figures, not being paid gateways, can give the Pokemon they depict in the game special stats and can become your most powerful Pokemon in your arsenal. The figures can also store data of your Pokemon’s stats and attacks so that you can take it to a friends house and use your Pokemon with a scan of your figure. So $17.99 for the game and $3.99 for a figure and you are set to experience everything the game has to offer. Now the only catch with the figures are they are in blind packaging so you do not know which of the 18 you are getting but, which ever one it is, it is not restricting access to anything in game. Being a Pokemon fan still, I typically play one version in every generation, this has my attention and my stop by one of the local Game Stop’s to snag a figure or two. The Pokemon Rumble games can be a bit on the easy side, but they are fun romps and this could be one of the only Pokemon titles we get on the Wii U for a while. The game will be available on the Wii U eShop on August 29th and the figures should be in your local Game Stop on the same day. Here are just a few of the figures below.



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