Pokemon Battle Revolution

a game by Genius Sonority, Inc.
Platform: Wii
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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Pokemon Battle Revolution
Pokemon Battle Revolution
Pokemon Battle Revolution
Pokemon Battle Revolution

Pokémon Battle Revolution was actually the first Pokémon game to be released on the Nintendo Wii. I would say that this is one of the more forgotten Pokémon games and when you think of the Wii and Pokémon, you usually think about the Poke Park series of games. Is there a good reason no one talks about Pokémon Battle Revolution?

Have You Seen My RPG?

I loved what Pokémon Stadium did on the Nintendo 64. Then what Pokémon Coliseum did on the Game Cube to that concept to a whole new level and added in an RPG to it! So, it goes without saying that most people would expect the more advanced, Pokémon Battle Revolution to have an RPG too. That is not the case, instead of being like the two Pokémon games for Game Cube, this actually has more in common with Pokémon Stadium on the Nintendo 64 in that it is just all about battles.

Welcome To Poketopia!

The idea of the game is that it takes place in a battle theme park called Poketopia. There are 11 different coliseums for Pokémon to battle here and each one has something different about it. For example, The Crystal Coliseum is there for a 16-trainer tournament and the Neon Coliseum is like a game show where a spinning wheel dictates what Pokémon you can use. I like the idea of this as it does add some variety to the game.

Do You Have Pokémon Diamond or Pearl?

Pokémon Battle Revolution is designed to go hand in hand with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS. Like the previous console games, you take your Pokémon from your handheld game and put them into this game. If you do not do this you have to “rent” Pokémon and sorry to say, that feature flat out sucks! If you have Diamond or Pearl (or even both) then you will have a much better time with this game.

Play With A Friend

At the time Pokémon Battle Revolution was the first game to use Nintendo Online and it was very barebones. Sadly, this is the same case for the local multiplayer too. With the single-player mode being so lacking I do feel that the multiplayer is where you will get the most enjoyment out of it, but again much of this will depend on if you have Pokémon Diamond or Pearl.

Pokémon Look Great!

One thing that this game does better than the two on the Game Cube did is the visuals. At this point in time, your favorite Pokémon had never looked as good as they do here. They look great just standing there, but even the animations are very well done. I am very impressed with the visuals in this game and feel they hold up very well to this day.

I would not say that Pokémon Battle Revolution is a bad game, but apart from the visuals. It feels like a massive step back from what the two Game Cube Pokémon games offered. They really should have added in some kind of single-player story to this game. Also, the fact that it is so dependent on Diamond and Pearl is a bit annoying. Still for a die-hard Pokémon fan I am sure there are hours of fun to be had here.

6/10

Pros:

  • The Pokémon look amazing
  • Even the animations are impressive
  • It is great if you have Diamond or Pearl
  • It is very easy to get into
  • I like how each coliseum has its own gimmick

Cons:

  • There is not much to do apart from battle
  • Just a very barebones kind of game

Download Pokemon Battle Revolution

Wii

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

By now, first-generation Pokemaniacs are declaring majors and guzzling beer bongs at frat parties, yet somehow the franchise is still hot with the kiddies (recent DS outing Ranger broke the top 10 in videogame sales). Battle Revolution could be another weapon in this arsenal of slow-but-steady domination. Besides offering a battle-based game system (a la Pokemon Colosseum), the online component could make this the Wii game everyone's talking about, it's one of the first Wii titles to feature online play (and annoying, game-specific friend codes)--you can spar with other trainers on the Internet and customize your trainer's look and costumes. Battle Revolution will also use the Wi-Fi link-up with the DS--you'll be able to import your pocket monsters from the upcoming Diamond and Pearl handheld games).

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