Pokemon Rumble Hands-On

We fight our way through hordes of Pokemon in this upcoming action brawler.

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Originally called Ransen! Pokemon Scramble, this WiiWare title was released in Japan earlier this year and has been renamed Pokemon Rumble for the North American audience. Instead of sounding like something you'd order for breakfast, Pokemon Rumble is a much more appropriate name, given that this is an action brawler with windup Pokemon toys.

Who's Making This Game: The game is developed by Ambrella, who also worked on My Pokemon Ranch.

What The Game Looks Like: Pokemon models were reused from Pokemon Ranch, so your lovable characters are going to look like little plastic toys. In the game, they actually get wound up before jumping in a fight, so try not to get too attached, because they're just toys, and you'll toss them aside for a newer model soon enough.

What There Is To Do: This is a really simple game of button-mashing. You explore different areas and battle with other Pokemon, collecting currency and attacking waves upon waves of Pokemon along the way. Every now and then you'll be able to capture one and get it to join your growing list. There's a boss at the end of each area, whom you'll need to defeat to move on.

How The Game Is Played: Holding the Wii Remote sideways, you use the D pad to move your Pokemon. The 2 button is to attack, and the 1 button is to hop into gateways. The A button brings up a menu that keeps track of all the Pokemon that you've collected, and you can wind one up and bring it out at any given time.

What They Say: Pokemon Rumble lets you battle with Pokemon like never before.

What We Say: It's true that we've never been able to plow through an entire army of Squirtles with Pikachu, and this is a cute little game if you really like your Pokemon. You don't actually build up or upgrade any of your Pokemon; instead, you continue to collect more powerful ones to add to your inventory. The gameplay is really basic, though, but to change things up, you can play with up to four players cooperatively and competitively. We weren't able to get a release date or price point from Nintendo, but we'll be sure to update the site with more information as soon as it becomes available.

Discussion

37 comments
meben7
meben7

This sounds fun to bad I don't have a wii =(

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

I'll be honest, this looked idiotic, but then I played a demo and it's not completely without charm. This would be great if you had someone with ADD invading your DS all the time and you wanted to get some hours clocked in for Heartgold or Soulsilver. All that time while the ADD monster is gaming on this title, you could not have to worry about putting your DS in a safe with a combination lock again.

linkman3
linkman3

this game sounds really lame

samstherealhero
samstherealhero

I wish they would make pokemon snap two but alas pokemon probably never will :( on the upside this game is awsome 9.5 out of 10 the demos awsome its on the shop channel give it a try Im hoping this is a start on 3d pokemon brawlers like ssbb that would be awsome :)

ShadowCaster1
ShadowCaster1

I can definitly agree FalseGamer that something has gone terribly wrong

bendall01
bendall01

I really believe that this game, if they didn't make them wind up toys, made each pokemon animate the way they should and give a MGS4 camera style...this game would be so awesome. I have always wanted a game like SSBB but with just pokemon, this is the closest thing, pity it didn't turn out so well imo.

FalseGamer
FalseGamer

Pokemon what happen? Now istead of full body and attacks, leveling up and evolving. Your cartoonish, windup toy, and won't evolve. : ( long live Pokemon

gimgak
gimgak

lol um yeah...if pokemon can get even more kiddish,they bring out windup toys...OMG

ImmaMedic
ImmaMedic

It sounds like my childhood wish of wanting an adventure-style Pokemon game is starting to come true... With... windup toys....

chappy_man
chappy_man

sounds like an interesting mix of styles and the pokemon licenses as to how it turns out, it might be alright. Not sure though i want to spend 10 dollars at least on this one.

WarioBro64
WarioBro64

This game sure is getting alot of mixed opinions out of people I see. I for one think it's going to be great since I am a hardcore pokemon fan. For you guys out there that think the game looks bad or unimpressive just keep in mind, Wiiware is designed for developers to experiment with new and unique game mechanics. This game is a prime example of that. I actually think that if this game does well in sales, Nintendo will probably consider making a full fleshed-out enhanced wii/DS game in this 3D real-time battle way.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

Not impressed at all. Not to mention it's just a WiiWare title. Maybe I'd be slightly more interested if it was for the Nintendo DS. But forget this. I'm just waiting for the live action Pokemon Movie. It's overdue. Logically it's the next step. Everything else has went and is still going live action. This would be the next Harry Potter of Movies. It'd be big. And I want to be in it. COME ON!

Hamoodii_
Hamoodii_

Why can't they make a Pokemon game to the Wii Console like the ones on DS and GBA, and instead off the lame battles make it an open battle were you control your pokemon in a big space area that depends on the nature your fighting in and with different types of button combinations that allow you to attack with one of your four moves that your Pokemon currently know and have learned depending on it's level, Ya you all get what I mean, Instead of having it in 2D make it 3D and make it linkable with the DS versions of the game, wouldn't that be something everybody would want and wouldn't it be awesome ?

nini200
nini200

I'm going to take you all down with my Jigglypuff once this game releases.

IowOparPiykvar
IowOparPiykvar

This doesn't sound impressive to me. When I heard about Pokemon Ranch, I figured it would allow more controlled breading and maybe access to a couple new pokemon (ones hidden in the game software that can only be gotten by transferring from the ranch). For this, I'd expect to use four buttons for combat (not just one), allowing for four moves like in normal pokemon games. (although, I'm not fond of the limit to four anyway) It sounds like a button masher with toy collecting.

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Waiting for a someday release of a Pokemon 2D Fighting game (similar to what we experiment on SSBB/ Poke Trainer). And Brettsky128, the idea of a Pokemon Snap 2 is great!

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

this just sounds downright stupid. Give us a Colisseum-like Wii PKMon game Nintendo, please!

RECONPLANE
RECONPLANE

This looks pretty good but I don't know if its as good as Pokemon battle revolution or SSBB because I have both.

Kirbichu
Kirbichu

@red-drybones I believe the reason Stadium isn't on VC is because a lot of features were dependent on connecting your Red/Blue/Yellow game pack to the N64, which you obviously can't do on the Wii.

thps48
thps48

I guess we'll have to wait a while before Pokemon 3D-Real-Time-Attack-Animations-Brawler-Where-You-Can-Use-Dig-And-Aura-Sphere-And-Double-Slap-That-Isn't-Smash-Bros.-Where-Only-Four-Pokemon-Are-On-The-Roster gets made, but this should please those who want an installment similar to Serious Sam and not online poker. I still can't recall when everyone stopped liking clicking buttons to make their Pokemon perform stilted piledrivers, but it's probably for the best. I'd start a movement to urge the creators to make Power Stone-esque addition, but I sort of don't mind if the series goes down the quality drain.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

I'm still waiting for a Pokemon Snap 2...

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

This game is going to be terrible. Unless by some miracle the people behind the worst Pokemon 'game' ever can actually make a good game. Hopefully you can actually control the Pokemon, and you won't just watch them :lol:.

Gamer85032
Gamer85032

I agree with beastcake a free roaming gameplay sort of like oblivion, and controlling your pokemon while it battles...... now that would be awesome!!! and ill pay for it no matter what price it is

red-drybones
red-drybones

How come they don't put Pokemon Stadium (1&2) for the virtual consoles? I would buy it, just for the nostalgia feeling of it.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

sounds like a wiiware game. oh wait, it is! so i guess 10 dollars for a nice game wont hurt anyone.

Beastcake
Beastcake

If only they could make a 3D Pokemon adventure game where you actually get to control them in battle and open world gameplay... that would be awesome.

Quinzark
Quinzark

sounds like a less fun version of Pokemon Colosseum

MP40_sprayer
MP40_sprayer

Sounds quite good, aslong as the price isn't too high, that is.

konradak
konradak

Ehh.. Sounds kinda lame..

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

So we get to control the Pokemon while it battles finally!

chedder221
chedder221

looks okay, i got to wait and see what the price will be

Mr_Tweedy
Mr_Tweedy

Pokemon ties with Start Wars for most overmilked IP.