Pokemon Rumble Blast 3DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 36
  2. Negative: 9 out of 36
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  1. Oct 28, 2011
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is an overly simplistic, repetitive action game.
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    With such a low production-value, it's hard to think to Super Pokémon Rumble as the first 3DS entry of the popular franchise. It lacks depth and its poor visuals reminds too much of its prequel released on WiiWare in 2009. Being a full-price 3DS cartridge, we cannot reccomend it to even the most hardcore Pokémon fan.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    With just a few changes from the WiiWare game, it's impossible to recommend Pokémon Rumble Blast at this much-higher price. Better to leave it on the shelf and to get back to Black and White editions.
  4. Dec 20, 2011
    Super Pokémon Rumble might offer a lot of collectable pokémon and some decent looks, but it all boils down to monotonous buttonbashing through repetitive environments with a lot of useless attacks. Stay away!
  5. Dec 19, 2011
    One of the worst Pokémon spin-offs ever, as well as one of the most unwarranted sequels. Simplistic, boring and terrible value for money.
  6. Dec 7, 2011
    It may have "Super" in its title, but that's not how we'd describe this title. Extremely repetitive and plagued by a gameplay that's as deep as a dry pond, Super Pokémon Rumble is a one-button action game where you bash Pokémon toys in tiny areas to add them to your collection and benefit from their powers. Arena combats are available as well, but if the fans may see that as a simple yet enjoyable venting entertainment offer, most will see that as an underwhelming title designed to squeeze out some quick bucks out of an over-successful franchise. Guess where we stand.
  7. Feb 5, 2012
    You can't really say that this is a true Pokemon game, and a decent game for that matter. Just wait for the true 3DS Pokemon that is under development.
  8. 40
    Unless you're the kind of fan who already owns every Pokémon game and knows everything about the creatures and characters, you're bound to lose interest quickly due to the extreme simplicity and lack of depth, and return to the more ambitious chapters of the series.
  9. Dec 13, 2011
    Though Pokemon Rumble's simplicity may have been easier to overlook when it was released as a Nintendo WiiWare title, this full price follow up should be seen as little more than a stop-gap that fails to advance the series in any meaningful way while delivering a gameplay experience that is forgettable as it is monotonous.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Oct 25, 2011
    What a wonderful little action game. The graphics pop, the control is simple and any person could jump in and play. The music is big and fullWhat a wonderful little action game. The graphics pop, the control is simple and any person could jump in and play. The music is big and full with an over world melody that will keep you going. The possibility of collecting 600 Pokemon without having to do the hokey pokey is also a nice, especially for busy gamers. And speaking of the actual little monsters, the models are cute and lend themselves to the toy theme. Pokemon Rumble Blast is a simple fun game that is addictive and straight forward. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pokemon Rumble Blast is the sequal to the 2008 Wiiware game, Pokemon Rumble. I love how all 646 pokemon are in this game as opposed to its precceder which only had pokemon from the first and fourth generation. Since all five generations are present, it means that the player will spend dozens of hours collecting all the available pokemon. It has a short story mode which can be completed in about 2-3 days. The difficulty level is very high as the game gets to the last levels and post game activities and the after game mostly consists of battle royales, team battles and collecting new pokemon that appeared after the final boss is defeated. The new battle additions, the Team Battles and Charge Battles are fun but can be very challenging. Charge Battles are very short and only last about a minute but are fast paced and require button mashing. They are much easier than Team Battles. Team Battles allow you to choose two other pokemon from your roster of pokemon to assist you in a series of battles that usually have 5-6 stages where you have to beat mini boss pokemon to progress and you are rewarded with a HP refill if you beat them. The final stage has a large boss like those seen at the end of every normal level. You usually get vital rewards that you need to progress in the game. Battle Royales are the same, but only in the post game do you face more than 7 boss pokemon at the end of the royale. The 3D in the game is excellent but does hurt my eyes so I advise you not to use it that much. There is an inability to take photos in the game, but now there is wifi compatability, so players can meet other players and fight their strongest pokemon, and if you win, the strongest pokemon in the collection will be able to assist you in 1 normal battle. There is another battle mode called the solo-battle, where you go into a level with only one rattata and you must defeat all the pokemon and the boss to win, which is hard to do. There is yet another battle mode called the Rumpus Room, which are supposed to be rare but I find them all the time during levels and are a major annoyence when one is legendary hunting. They consist of the levels pokemon in one tiny room and they are typicall stronger than the normal pokemon in the level you are currently on and always give you gold coins when you defeat them. there are two kinds of Rumpus Rooms, the normal version and the special version, where there are 4 mini boss pokemon (which are evolved forms of the most common pokemon in the level) if you defeat all four then you can go back to the normal level. Overall, i like how all the pokemon are in the game, but both pokemon rumbles just aren't good enough to compete with higher class games such as Kirby and Mario games. Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2013
    This game... It just felt disappointing. Sure, it's a good game, but it could have been so much better! First, the positives. It is a stepThis game... It just felt disappointing. Sure, it's a good game, but it could have been so much better! First, the positives. It is a step up from the original Rumble, with more variety in the areas, and the Battle Royales were fun. You'll be laughing your head off if you play them with friends. Speaking of which, the download play was fun as well, although, like I said, it could have been made better. But now, the negatives. The music, in my opinion, is bland. You get bored listening to the same track over and over, as was with the original. The Team Battles were okay, but I always find myself having trouble with them. And the Charge Battles were nonsense. Just pile up a lot of Pokemon and you're done. Really, Nintendo?

    Overall, Pokemon Rumble Blast was only a minor step up, which is why I give it only a seven. I hope the Wii U version fixes these, else I find myself slipping from this spin off series.
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