Pokemon Rumble U European release date set [Update: U.S. release date confirmed]

Wii U's debut Pokemon game arrives on August 15.

Pokemon Rumble U, the first Pokemon game on Wii U, is coming to Europe on August 15 via the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo has announced.

After a mishap in the Toy Pokemon Shop, a few Pokemon capsules are swept down a river and washed up on a strange riverbank. The Toy Pokemon must find their way back to the shop, but along the way discover all is not right. Toy Pokemon are fighting each other, and enemy Pokemon are plotting.

The game features all 649 Pokemon discovered as far as Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, and “hundreds” of moves. Players can play solo or with friends and venture through locations like Sparkly Playland, Mysterious Forest, and Blue Sky Park. Or, up to four players can go head-on in multiplayer.

Pokemon Rumble U first launched in Japan on April 24. A North American release has not yet been announced.

Update: Nintendo of America has confirmed an August 29 release date for North America. The Near Field Communication (NFC) Pokemon figures, which are optional for gameplay, will be sold exclusively at participating GameStop stores starting the same day. Each will be sold separately and packed in a concealed capsule. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

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