Pokémon Battle Revolution

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Pokémon Battle Revolution
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Developer(s) Genius Sonority
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Composer(s) Tsukasa Tawada
Series Pokémon series
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s)
  • JP December 14, 2006
  • NA June 25, 2007
  • AUS November 22, 2007
  • EU December 7, 2007
Genre(s) RPG-RPG-Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online
Distribution Wii Optical Disc

Pokémon Battle Revolution (ポケモンバトルレボリューション Pokemon Batoru Reboryūshon?) is the first Wii incarnation of the Pokémon video game franchise. It is also the first Wii game to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in North America and Japan and the second Wii game to wirelessly interact with the Nintendo DS handheld.

Pokémon Battle Revolution features eleven different colosseums in a new land, a Pokémon-themed park called Pokétopia.[1] Other features include stadiums that have their own special effects, such as randomizing the order of one's Pokémon. Some other effects are choosing the order of an opponent's Pokémon and setting level limitations.

This was the first Pokémon game to be rated 7+ by PEGI: all other Pokémon games rated by them were rated 3+.

Gameplay[edit]

The game features 11 different colosseums, each with special changes to normal play or prerequisites and a Colosseum Leader. The Crystal Colosseum holds battles in a 16-person single-elimination tournament mode. The Gateway Colosseum is only open to a rental pass holder, and Neon Colosseum uses a wheel to choose the player's and opponent's battling Pokémon. As the player progresses, the Pokémon available to rent become more powerful. The player also earns Poké-Coupons, the currency of this game. Coupons can be spent to customize the player character's in-game appearance with items such as apparel, face paint, and hair color. Unlike Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the game doesn't have a story mode.

A double battle: Dialga and Palkia against Kyogre and Groudon as featured in Nintendo Power.

Pokémon attacks are also much more diverse, with each Pokémon acquiring its own animation for most moves in the game. Some animations feature both the attacking and defending Pokémon on screen at the same time. In previous console titles, the game only showed one Pokémon attacking and then cut away to the second getting hit by the attack.

Along with connectivity to the Nintendo DS games, a player can win Pokémon from this game and transfer them back to their DS games through Mystery Gift. This feature allows players to obtain Pokémon that are either hard or impossible to get without using a cheat device. To unlock the Pokémon, players must achieve certain goals or enter a special code. So far, Electivire and Magmortar are the only Pokémon that can be obtained through the latter method. A Pikachu with the special moves Volt Tackle and Surf can be obtained by beating each Colosseum once. In addition to the Pokémon download, players can purchase items like certain Technical Machines and evolution items.

Online functionality[edit]

Battle Revolution is the first Pokémon home console title to go online in the United States as well as the second online game for the Wii console after Smash Bros. Brawl. It features two online modes; Battle with a Friend, which allows a player to battle a friend using a friend code,[2] and Battle with Someone, which lets the player face off against a random opponent.[3] After each random battle, players are given the chance to exchange trainer passes. The exchange must be mutual; it will not work if one of the two trainers refuses.

Nintendo DS controls cannot be used in online multiplayer. When playing random online battles, the player's trainer's custom greetings and Pokémon nicknames are all changed to its native nation's defaults; for example, a Japanese Magikarp (コイキング Koiking?) will show its Japanese name instead of its English one. All Pokémon[excluding Generation 5 and on] are allowed in random battles.

Development[edit]

The game can connect with players' copies of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on their Nintendo DS consoles.

The game was first announced by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at a Nintendo marketing event in Japan on June 7, 2006.[4][5] At the event, Iwata described Wii-to-DS connectivity using the game as an example, stating that gamers with either Pokémon Diamond and/or Pearl can play battles using their Diamond/Pearl Pokémon in Pokémon Battle Revolution, using their DS as a controller.[6]

The DS linkup feature was accessible at 2006 Nintendo World Tour for the first time. As well as allowing Pokémon from a Pokémon Diamond or Pearl cartridge to be used in-game, it replaces the on-screen battle menu used in conjunction with the Wii Remote. The GameCube controller is not compatible with this game. The battle menu is displayed on the DS touchscreen instead, and it is navigated with the stylus. Four players can play in a 1-on-1 tournament much like the Battle Frontier Battle Dome in Pokémon Emerald.[7]

Reception[edit]

Pokémon Battle Revolution received mixed reviews from critics. It received a score of 5.0 out of 10 from IGN,[8] which cites that the game omits several features demonstrated in previous games like Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Colosseum, such as a role-playing mode. The multiplayer and online functionality of the game is also criticized for lacking functions such as tournament play. Gamespot gave the game a mediocre 5.5 out of 10 score, criticizing the repetitive gameplay and the barebones online support, as well as the fact that if one did not have Pokémon Diamond or Pearl for the DS, there is not nearly as much to do.[9] Game Informer rated it a 5.75 out of 10 saying the same things as Gamespot, and adding their own comment about a tutorial that taught you how to point the Wii Remote. Nintendo Power rated it a 6.5 out of 10, praising the game's multiplayer while criticizing its lack of single player features. Famitsu gave a positive review to the game, with a score of 35 out of 40. Another positive review is from Game Oracle who gave 75% who praised the online mode, graphics, and soundtrack. They criticised it for not being as good as XD Gale of Darkness and the necessity of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to open the entire game experience.[10] The game currently has a 53.19% average of 34 aggregated reviews on both Game Rankings,[11] and Metacritic.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "コロシアム|ポケモンバトルレボリューション|Wii|ゲーム|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Pokémon Pocket Monsters Official Site. 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
  2. ^ "IGN: Pokémon Battle Revolution Preview". IGN. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  3. ^ "IGN: Pokémon Battle Revolution Preview". IGN. 2007-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Wiiの発売日、価格の発表は9月。WiiとDSの連動は『ポケモン』から" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved 2006-06-07. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Meghan; Matt Casamassina (2006-06-07). "New Pokémon Announced". IGN. Retrieved 2006-06-07. 
  6. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (2006-06-07). "Connectivity Returns". IGN. Retrieved 2006-06-07. 
  7. ^ "DSバトルモード | ポケモンバトルレボリューション | Wii | ゲーム | ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Pokémon Pocket Monsters Official Site. 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Pokémon Battle Revolution Review". IGN. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  9. ^ David, Ryan (2007-07-02). "Pokémon Battle Revolution for Wii Review". GameSpot. 
  10. ^ Allcroft, Adam (2008-09-08). "Pokémon Battle Revolution Review". Oracle Company. 
  11. ^ "Pokémon Battle Revolution reviews". Game Rankings. 
  12. ^ "Metacritic: Pokémon Battle Revolution". Metacritic. 

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