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The player controls Pokémon as they battle other Pokémon in a series of linear dungeons and enclosed arenas. The game features real-time melee-based gameplay, which has been likened to that of Smash TV.
The game uses a Wii Remote held sideways. The player starts off with a low-level Pokémon with only one attack at their disposal. By battling wild Pokémon through a number of levels the player collects coins which can be used to buy new attacks or recruit more Pokémon. When the player obtains a high enough level Pokémon, the doors to the Battle Royale room open, where they take on dozens of Pokémon at a time in an enclosed arena. The player must defeat all of the Pokémon in order to rank up, eventually facing much stronger and even Legendary Pokémon.
The game supports up to four players simultaneously in co-operative and competitive modes. It also features a password system which unlocks certain Pokémon. Passwords have been found in Nintendo Power magazines, the official game website, or online.
A free demo is available on the Wii Shop Channel. It includes a number of functions including: The Normal Introduction, a few stages allowing the player to get the feeling of each stage. Pokémon can be recruited and the Terminal can be used. Once a Pokémon is recruited with Power Points of 100 or more (or they lose all their lives twice) a short video is displayed in which the Battle Royale doors open and then a screenshot appears stating that the demo is over.
IGN rated the game as 6/10, saying that it is "mindless, but fun", but doesn't have enough depth to keep playing. They went on and criticized the developers for being lazy and reusing models from My Pokémon Ranch. The game received an aggregated score of 59 on Metacritic, with a user score of 8.5.
On June 10, 2011, the Japanese Pokémon website announced a sequel, Pokémon Rumble Blast. The game, which was released in Japan on August 11, 2011, is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive. In 2013, a second sequel called Pokémon Rumble U was released.
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