PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
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PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (ポケパークWii ～ピカチュウの大冒険～ PokePāku Wii Pikachū no Daibōken) is a spin-off video game in the Pokémon series for the Wii, developed by Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company and distributed by Nintendo. It was released on December 5, 2009, in Japan, on July 9, 2010, in Europe, on September 23, 2010, in Australia, and on November 1, 2010, in North America.
One day, while playing with Charmander, Chikorita and Piplup, Pikachu is sent to the PokéPark, where the legendary Pokémon Mew tells him that the 14 pieces of the Sky Prism that protects the park, which has shattered, have gone missing. With his friends, Pikachu sets out on an adventure to find them in the PokéPark, which encompasses various zones such as the meadow and lava zones. Pikachu makes friends with other Pokémon and can use their abilities to clear various attractions in the PokéPark. By clearing attractions, the player will obtain pieces of the Sky Prism; after receiving all of the pieces, Pikachu must play a difficult game of obstacle hop with Mew, then he must battle with it and finally play a game of chase; after all this everything is solved and the PokéPark goes back to the friendly and peaceful state.
In battle, Pikachu is able to use Thunderbolt, Dash and eventually Iron Tail; these can be upgraded to become more powerful. Also, he can jump and do a flip to knock his enemy into a river, lake, etc.
Players can make friends through various mini-games as well, such as playing Battle, Hide & Seek, Chase, playing Obstacle Hop, or by completing a quiz. Some of the park’s main attractions will involve Pikachu and his/her partner Pokémon racing against the clock to beat certain goals or deflecting rocks to earn points using the Wii Remote by waving it around and pushing buttons. Players also can take screenshots of the game and save them to an SD Card or the Wii Message Board.
On October 10, 2009, Nintendo revealed the game and said it would be released on December 5, 2009, in Japan. On May 27, 2010, the game was revealed in Europe and was released on July 9, 2010. Nintendo revealed the game in America during E3 2010 and it was released on November 1, 2010.
On September 12, 2011, a sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond was revealed. It was released on November 12, 2011, in Japan as PokéPark 2: BW - Beyond the World. It was released on February 27, 2012, in North America and on March 23, 2012, in Europe.
While discussing the mixed quality of the 'Pokémon' console games, Retronauts contributor Justin Haywald mentioned it as an example. IGN gave the game one of its more positive reviews of 7.5 or "good", citing some occasional control issues and a childish story as its main flaws. The Guardian gave it a praise as well, saying that the "graphics are bright and the music suitably bouncy throughout".
GameSpot gave it 5.5, criticizing an absent multiplayer and dull minigames. Nintendo Life, despite being a subsidiary of Nintendo itself, gave it one of the poorest review scores of 4 out of 10.
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