Pokémon Battrio(ポケモンバトリオ,Pokemon Batorio?) is a Taito Type X arcade video game that was announced on April 11, 2007 and released on November 21, 2007 in Japan. The game requires players to move around certain pucks with Pokémon on a grid. The game is made for two player multiplayer where players will battle each other's Pokémon. Each Player can use up to three Pokémon. It is the first Pokémon title released for arcades.
In Pokémon Battrio, the focus is on team-battling and has no Pokémon capturing in the game itself. Players have 'health bars', instead of the Pokémon. Pokémon must be bought through packs of randomly assorted pucks, which bear a resemblance to Pogs and have a picture of a Pokémon. To save a game, players buy a save machine for ¥600. The machine plugs into the arcade game, and allows players to make a character profile, save and use coins, and compete in the battle tower.
The position their Pokémon on the designated grid in front of the screen determines special bonuses given to players. The game can be played alone also—against the computer opponent—and supports up to two players at a time. The cost per player is ¥100 with each play lasting approximately five minutes.