So we’ve had Activision’s Skylanders for a while, and this year we’ll get Disney Infinity, making two collectible toy/video game hybrids that are sure to part parents from their hard-earned money pretty quickly. And now it seems that Nintendo, whose Pokémon franchise—with its “Gotta catch’em all” mentality—served as something as an inspiration for both of the aforementioned properties, is getting in on the action.
A post on Kotaku reports that Pokémon Scramble U features a set of collectible figures shaped like the game franchise’s famous Pocket Monsters, including Bulbasaur and Pikachu (and some others named Torchic, Piplup, Lucario, and Cictini, which I can’t name on sight). The figures will be equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) chips that’ll presumably work with the Wii U GamePad. The figures themselves will cost about $2 and will be sold from vending machines in Japan, so every time you try to get one, it’ll be randomized, meaning that Nintendo will probably rake in a ton of cash with this.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about Pokémon, but I think this is a great idea. The Wii U is pretty reasonably priced, and Pokémon is arguably one of Nintendo’s most lucrative franchises, at least in terms of capturing the hearts and minds of company fans and little kids alike. Releasing a Wii U specific collectible figure-game is brilliant, and should do wonders for the console’s sales. No idea if they’re going to be headed to the States, but I feel like it could do pretty well here, too…