Pokémon Rumble Blast

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Pokémon Rumble Blast
North American cover art
Developer(s) Ambrella
Publisher(s) The Pokémon Company
Director(s) Norio Matsumura
Writer(s) Wataru Kawashima
Composer(s) Miki Obata
Series Pokémon
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release Nintendo 3DS Nintendo eShop
  • PAL: November 29, 2012[4]
  • NA: December 20, 2012
  • JP: January 30, 2013
Genre(s) Action RPG, beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, StreetPass, local multiplayer

Pokémon Rumble Blast, known in the PAL region as Super Pokémon Rumble and known in Japan as Super Pokémon Scramble (スーパーポケモンスクランブル, Supa Pokémon Sukuranburu),[5] is an action beat 'em up video game in the Pokémon series for the Nintendo 3DS. It was the first Pokémon game released for Nintendo 3DS. The game was released in Japan on August 11, 2011,[2] in North America on October 24, 2011[1] and in Europe on December 2, 2011.[6] It is a successor to the 2009 WiiWare release Pokémon Rumble.

The game was re-released as a Nintendo eShop digital download for the PAL region on November 29, 2012[4] and in North America on December 20, 2012.


Pokémon Rumble Blast features similar gameplay to its predecessor Pokémon Rumble, in which the player's Pokémon explores various areas while battling enemy Pokémon. A boss Pokémon awaits at the end of each dungeon and the difficulty of each boss increases as the player progresses throughout the game. In this game there are towns in the area and each town has machines where you can buy new moves, release Pokémon when you have too many, and a fountain filled with Glowdrops that heal your Pokémon. In the game, Glowdrops are disappearing and you have to find out who took them and catch them.[7][8] This game includes Toy Pokémon from the first five generations.[9]

A Pikachu switching with an Oshawott. When switching the player is delayed.

Pokémon Rumble Blast also comes with the option to play against others wirelessly using StreetPass tagging.[7] This allows the player to see other player's Pokémon and Miis.[10]


The play starts in Toy Town where they are introduced to the mechanics of the game and the Battle Royale. After winning the Battle Royale, Toy Town's Glowdrops have found to have been stolen. As the game progresses, the player will meet several pokémon that will contribute various roles to the story. The player will also venture across various towns, each with a different atmosphere. Eventually, the Glowdrop thief (Who is actually Coballion) is found, but he breaks the players wind-up key, delaying switch time. Later in the story, Coballion is encountered again at the World Axle, where he reveals that he has been stealing the Glowdrops to try and fix the World Axle, which has apparently been overrun with rust as well as the pokémon inside. As the player goes deeper into the World Axle, they realize that an entity named Dark Rust is the source of all the rust. Being protected by a force field, Dark Rust is seemingly invincible until Coballion sacrifices his key to destroy the field. After Coballion deactivates the force field, the player battles Dark Rust, and when it is defeated, the rust is removed from the World Axle and all the pokémon previously affected by it, and all the Glowdrop Fountains in the world are restored to normalcy once again.


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 56 out of 100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 6.5/10[12]
Nintendo Power 7.5/10[11]
ONM 68%[13]

Pokémon Rumble Blast received mixed reviews, with an aggregate review score of 56 on Metacritic.[11] Audrey Drake of IGN gave the game a 6.5/10, concluding her review, "As a whole, Pokémon Rumble Blast certainly has more to offer than its predecessor. With more to do, way more Pokémon to collect and far more areas to explore, the game certainly represents a step forward for the series - just not a big enough one. The unrefined graphics and bare bones presentation, paired with the already skimpy gameplay, make for a package that really should have been a 3DSWare title rather than a full release. If simple fun and the inclusion of Pokémon is all you’re looking for, then Rumble Blast is the game for you."[12] Nintendo Power gave the game's highest review score (and the only "positive" review by Metacritic standards) of 7.5/10, summarizing that the game "is a somewhat shallow experience, but the simple action and short levels make it a good pick-up-and-play portable game."[11] The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game a 68% saying that the game was a little too thin for a full release.[13]


  1. ^ a b Ashcraft, Brian (2011-07-19). "Pokémon Rumble Blast Scrambles to America". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b Hernandez, Pedro (2011-07-26). "Super Pokémon Scramble Delayed in Japan". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  3. ^ East, Thomas (2011-08-17). "New Nintendo 3DS Release Schedule". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  4. ^ a b McFerran, Damien (2012-11-26). "Nintendo Download: 29th November 2012 (Europe)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  5. ^ "スーパーポケモンスクランブル". Pokemon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ "New Nintendo 3DS release schedule". Official Nintendo Magazine. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  7. ^ a b Phillips, Tom (2011-06-09). "Super Pokemon Scramble outed on 3DS News - 3DS - Page 1". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  8. ^ Lucas M. Thomas. "Pokemon Will Rumble Again on 3DS - Nintendo 3DS News at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Pokémon Rumble Blast | Video Games". Pokemon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  10. ^ Richard George. "Pokemon Rumble on the 3DS - Nintendo 3DS Feature at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Pokémon Rumble Blast reviews on Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Drake, Audrey. "Pokémon Rumble Blast Review". IGN. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Super Pokemon Rumble Review". Retrieved March 8, 2013. 

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