Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. As far as Nintendo seems to be concerned, at least until the first DS outing, Pokémon begins and ends with the Game Boy. Pokémon XD is tedious and restrictive. The message is clear: if you want Pokémon, crack open a GBA.
  2. If the graphics were reverted to the Game Boy look, people wouldn't notice the difference.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 17, 2012
    10
    Outstanding. This sequel fixed all of the problems Colosseum had while keeping the fun elements of Pokémon that we all know and love. Sure, you can't catch any Pokémon you want, but I honestly like the Shadow Pokémon system. For those who don't know, the plot revolves around and evil organization called Cipher returning from the events of the first console game and using Shadow Pokémon to accomplish their goals. Shadow Pokémon are simply Pokémon whose hearts have been sealed off allowing them to become more powerful than they were before(but with a few usage drawbacks). It's the job of the silent protagonist, Michael, to capture and purify all of the Shadow Pokémon he can and destroy the revived Cipher organization. I do believe this game is worth giving a shot: Pokémon XD, it's a different Pokémon adventure, but a damn fun one. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2011
    9
    the best Pokemon game I've played, the graphics are great as is the sound, the story is really good it has some really memorable characters, and it's a challenge, add has some good Game boy hook up multiplayer, this is by far an amazing game HIGHLY recommended to any Pokemon fan Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2013
    8
    XD is a great game. It does things that a sequel to a game should do; improves mechanics, beefs up the soundtrack, adds some new variety and looks much better. The only real gripe I have is that it's much easier than Colosseum. Not to mention the fact that you still don't have too much variety in the Pokemon you can catch. But needless to say, XD is one of the Gamecube's finest titles and shouldn't be treated like the black sheep of the Pokemon family. Full Review »