Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
Buy On
  1. Graphically, this game is incredible. Physical attacks cause Pokemon to actually make contact, and Special attacks damage the scenery. The Pokemon themselves are rendered incredibly well, as are the trainers. [JPN Import]
  2. As mentioned very early on in the review, Pokemon Battle Revolution was developed for the Pokemon faithful in mind, and although you can try battling through this game with little experience the game definitely favors the more knowledgeable.
  3. Nintendo Power
    65
    Pokemon Battle Revolution has its ups and downs, but it makes for a decent way to get more out of Diamond and Pearl. [Aug 2007, p.85]
  4. 60
    The real draw here should be competing with other players over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connect. Sadly, it's far too difficult to really get anything resembling a fulfilling online experience out of Pokémon Battle Revolution.
  5. It only offers a few days worth of play on its own and isn't much fun at all to newcomers. The game is at its best when used as an accessory, albeit an expensive one, to Diamond/Pearl.
  6. 60
    Revolution is polished graphically, and great at what it is. Unfortunately, it is nothing more than a turn-based battle game. If you're not a true Pokemon fan this really is one piece of cake easily left uneaten.
  7. While Pokemon fanatics will eat this game up, many other players will grow bored within the first ten minutes.
  8. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    60
    With arenas full of color and 3D Pokémons, it might be of interest to anyone who likes the franchise, but it’s kind of short and doesn’t offer a lot of variety. An adventure mode might have been a good idea. [Dec 2007]
  9. AceGamez
    60
    Pokémon Battle Revolution is worthless if you don't own the DS game; there simply isn't enough independent content to warrant a purchase, if you fall into this category.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    59
    An expensive and entirely cosmetic companion to the DS games. [Jan 2008, p.50]
  11. Sure, Pokétopia might sound a lot like the trips you took to Pokémon Stadium 1&2 or that weekend at Pokémon Colosseum. That’s because this is the same trip, we’ve just repainted the signs and moved to a different system.
  12. It’s really difficult to recommend Pokemon Battle Revolution. For casual players, there’s no substance to the game—especially if they haven’t played Diamond & Pearl on the DS and are unable to upload their critters. For the hardcore Poke-maniac, the online play provides an opportunity for bragging rights and little else.
  13. It's not the breakthrough title that Nintendo set it up to be.
  14. 55
    It's a shame, as this title feels completely dated and lacking in almost every possible way and it made me want to bust out my old copy of "Stadium" and go back to the days when battling was fun.
  15. Pokemon Battle Revolution simply isn't worth the money. Other than the privilege of being the first Nintendo Wii title with online capability, it has nothing else going for it.
  16. 50
    The single player mode is a joke, there’s a huge lack of true customization or depth, and the multiplayer mode – while certainly appealing to core gamers – offers very little beyond what DS had.
  17. 50
    Compared to Pokemon Stadium on N64, it feels like a step backwards, as it feels less polished and lacks as many extras as its predecessor, which is now over five-years-old.
  18. Playing online is, without question, Revolution's biggest feature, and one of the most disappointing. Challenge other trainers to a battle by logging on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, using a pre-set friend list or jump into a random battle with players all over the world. The idea sounds right, but shoddy connectivity and the lack of leaderboards, medals or any type of tournament set-up doesn't do any favors for the online play.
  19. 50
    As if mocking its own pompous title, Pokemon Battle Revolution is, amazingly, a step back for the historically reviled console Pokemon games - there's plenty of style, but less substance than ever before.
  20. Pokemon Battle Revolution would have been perfect as a $10-20 WiiWare game. $50 at retail just doesn't make any sense.
  21. Unfortunately, stellar graphics can’t save Pokemon Battle Revolution from utter mediocrity.
  22. For the die-hard Pokemon player, this game is a must have: the thrill of seeing your team of Pokemon on the big screen duking it out against your buddies will outweigh any flaws, fumbles or complete lack of content the game might have. For the rest of us, however, we may as well sit down and wait for the dawn of the era after this one.
  23. 50
    If you're looking for the ultimate Pokemon-on-Wii experience, you'll have to keep waiting. If you crave battles and 3D Pokemon, you may just find enough here to keep you entertained, but everyone else will find better things to do very quickly.
  24. However, it’s impossible to recommend to those who don’t have one of the DS games, and while die-hard Pokémaniacs will doubtless get some joy out of it, even they should avoid paying full-price for what is a somewhat limited expansion.
  25. Be leery of the online gameplay, however, as you will face several members of the exclusive Pokémon elite and make it out barely alive. Let's hope that Nintendo's next venture online is a little more player friendly and not just for an exclusive club.
  26. 45
    Those who have drained every last moment of enjoyment from the DS game might appreciate it as a way to eke a little more challenge from the experience. And really obsessive types might appreciate the fact that the announcer guy from the cartoon performs (highly repetitious) running commentary during in-game battles. Everyone else, though, will simply regard this as a waste of money.
  27. In Pokémon Battle Revolution, we have a mediocre game that will only please the most hardened fans, and that actually looks more like a “test” than a properly finished game.
  28. These battles in the Pokemon universe need to be rethought by Nintendo, because Battle Revolution shows their age.
  29. netjak
    43
    Pokémon Battle Revolution is definitely a step (or more) backwards for this popular franchise.
  30. With a surprising lack of play modes and little gratification given for completing battles, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone except hardcore Pokemon fanatics. I didn't find much to like in the game and quickly became bored.
  31. Games Master UK
    40
    It should come packaged with "Diamond/Pearl" for an extra 5 quid. It doesn't. Avoid. [Jan 2007, p.70]
  32. If you've got a DS, plus Pearl or Diamond, and you've got a sizable collection of Pokémon that you'd like to see rendered in 3D on the TV, then Battle Revolution might be worth the asking price. Even then, you'd have to be a pretty hardcore Pokémon fan.
  33. One game you’re probably going to want to avoid; even massive Pokémon fans should approach this with trepidation.
  34. The core mechanics of Pokemon might need tweaking, or maybe even revamping, to work within the parameters of Wii's capabilities, but after a decade of essentially selling players the same game on the company's handheld systems, fans might appreciate it if Nintendo took some risks with the franchise on its home consoles.

Awards & Rankings

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#16 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
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#11 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 115
  2. Negative: 32 out of 115
  1. [anonymous]
    Aug 13, 2009
    10
    Loved it! Great graphics, lighting, and sound. Downloading Poke'mon from DS to Wii was a quick and easy. For those of you who are Loved it! Great graphics, lighting, and sound. Downloading Poke'mon from DS to Wii was a quick and easy. For those of you who are whinning about how you NEED a DS to play, STOP because you don't NEED one. If you think that, go buy one you little cry babies. Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2017
    0
    One of the most pointless and shameful cash grabs ever to disgrace an otherwise great franchise. I've played a little bit of it, and found itOne of the most pointless and shameful cash grabs ever to disgrace an otherwise great franchise. I've played a little bit of it, and found it to be a halfhearted upgrade of Pokemon Stadium and Colosseum.

    This game is a pile of dookie that's not worth your time or money.
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    1
    This game was incredibly disappointing. There was nothing exciting or new added that would in any justify this game existing. i was reallyThis game was incredibly disappointing. There was nothing exciting or new added that would in any justify this game existing. i was really excited to see some of the cool features that made previous pokemon console games like pokemon colosseum or pokemon stadium shine, but this was really just a hyped up battle simulator. Full Review »