|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Genius Sonority Inc.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 26, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Philip Hanan
May 10, 2007 - Hey, all you 2D sprite hatas out there! Are 2D Pokémon not good enough for you? I guess you'll have to get your hands on Pokémon: Battle Revolution for the Wii! Pokémon: Battle Revolution features the best graphics of any 3D Pokémon battling game, including better backgrounds and effects.
For those who haven't played a 3D Pokémon game before, this game is just like all the rest. You pick a mode such as one-on-one, tournament, etc. and go into battle with 3-6 Pokémon in a format similar to the handheld series games. One 3D Pokémon faces off at a time against another while the player picks the moves including the classic Pokémon switch and bag. There are different levels of Pokémon battling and different Pokémon will be available at different levels. It's wise to use Pokémon you've used in the handheld series so you'll be familiar with them and because they are usually stronger than the rental Pokémon in the game, but it is nice to test out Pokémon than you never caught in the handheld games.
Pokémon: Battle Revolution features the exact same type of battling, but with some uniqueness. First of all, you choose moves with your Wii-mote which will act as a laser pointer of sorts. In other words, for those with slow thumbs but fast hands, this type of control scheme will really help you feel like a better player. Another control scheme can only be used for owners of Pokémon: Diamond/Pearl. If you have your DS and a D/P game inside, you can use it to pick your moves. The touch screen would make the most suitable control scheme for the game, but it is not known how you will be able to use the DS to pick moves.
One feature that is known is the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities, and that will be how the DS will connect to the Wii for the game. Not only will it allow you a different control scheme, it will grant you the power to upload DS Pokémon into the game. It's a bit like the N64's transfer pack and the GCN to GBA link. It is not known if you can save your Poke'mon in the game or if the Pokémon will be placed in the game and removed from the DS version until you transfer a Pokémon back.
The graphics play a large part of the appeal of this game. Pokémon: Battle Revolution features the smoothest looking, most realistic Pokémon along with actual trainers on the battle field. Preview trailers feature trainers not before seen in any of the games, although one of them looks like he would be from the Sinnoh region as he wears a bandana/cap sort of hat.
The sound isn't anything fancy. There's no cool techno or hip hop music or any licensed music at all, but the announcer continues to call plays as he did in past 3D Pokémon battling games, adding to the game's realism.
The modes available in the U.S. version of the game aren't confirmed, but there's certain to be plenty of tournaments, varying from easy to massively difficult even compared to the handheld games. One mode that is confirmed which should be the main attraction to fans is the online mode. It will work just like DS Wi-Fi connected games and like GB Link games always have. This will probably be the first Wii game in the U.S. to feature an online mode, so Nintendo will have a reason to hold something above every other developer's heads.
The game will cost more money than the DS game and will feature much less action and depth, but if you don't have a DS or if you are a hardcore Pokémon fan like myself, you'll shell out the money anyway, just because it's another new Pokémon game. I recommend this game for ages 5-18 due to its easy controls and instant action that little kids and impatient, energetic teens like. I don't even have to tell Pokémon fans to get this game, however, and I doubt fans will buy it if they didn't buy the DS game, but for the sake of being employed, I'm going to tell you anyway.....Go buy 'em all! Pokémon games entertain for more hours than any game except Tetris.
CCC Freelance Writer