|System: Wii U|
|Release: August 29, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence|
Playing with friends is the ideal way to get enjoyment out of Pokémon Rumble U. Additional players make any match a breeze; plus, after you defeat the boss and the battlefield becomes littered with with coins, it's every player for themselves as everyone rushes to grab the loot. The match is then tallied on a scoreboard, with extra points awarded for things like getting the last hit on the boss, defeating the most enemies, being hit the least, and other bonuses.
Pokémon Rumble U is the first game in the entire franchise displayed in HD, and the result is rather… disappointing. Yes, the color spectrum is full of vibrant hues, the animations are eye-popping and, for the most part, lag-free, and all the Pokémon toys have a glossy plastic coating, but the detailing is where the game falls short. Because of the manufactured finish of each Pokémon, there are no fur, scales, feathers, or other skin textures, nor do the Pokémon have fluid movements. And the arenas look like pop-up books with cardboard cutouts depicting three-dimensional objects.
The music also falls a little short. It's nice that each Pokémon is given its signature call, but the entire audio feels decades old, full of synthesized tracks and scratchy sound effects.
Putting Pokémon Rumble U in the eShop rather than on retail shelves was a smart move for Nintendo, allowing the game to be bought for a significantly reduced price. That being said, you still won't feel like you're getting a good value for your purchase. If you have regular gaming buddies and drop some extra cash for figurines, then you may have spurts of fun, but any other scenario will have you moving on from this sadly lacking experience very quickly. It's a shame because so much could have been done to make Pokémon Rumble U a really good game, but unfortunately, this mannequin was left naked.
Date: September 3, 2013