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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Available exclusively for the WiiWare service, Pokémon Rumble is an action game in which you control Toy Pokémon (referred to as "Pokémon") and take on wave after wave of other Pokémon in a variety of stages. You can befriend some of the defeated Pokémon along the way, which lets you add them to your collection and grants you the ability to use them in battle. Switch between collected Pokémon at any time, taking advantage of the fact that the amount of damage you deal depends on the type of move used and the type of Pokémon hit. Be the last one standing to gain the right to compete in the Battle Royale and test your skills against many Pokémon at once. You can also team up with three people for some multiplayer action (additional Wii Remote controllers required), working together to take down tough Bosses and earning points that can be used toward recruiting or training Pokémon. You can even save your favorite Pokémon to your Wii Remote controller for exchanges with friends. Combining beautiful cel-shaded graphics and exciting game-play features, this is one rumble you won't want to miss. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. One of the better Pokemon spin-offs out there, this is also one of the longer-lasting WiiWare games around.
  2. It's difficult to find much wrong with Pokémon Rumble: everything it does is done quite well, and one can really only take issue with the things the game doesn't do.
  3. The core gameplay is basic, yet all of Pokémon Rumble's component parts come together to make for a really great mixture of fun. The presentation is polished, but it's all just smoke and mirrors to try and hide the fact that you're not getting much for the whopping 1500 Wii Points being asked for this game.
  4. 60
    There's just not enough depth to the game to make it interesting to the older Pokemon fans, or really anyone that doesn't squeal excitedly when they see a Pikachu.
  5. Gauntlet with Pokemon is at least something different, but it's too repetitive and shallow to really work.
  6. Pokemon Rumble is definitely not a title with a strong appeal. Banal background that leads inexorably to a repetitive gameplay, combined with the simplification or the absence of some key aspects of this genre of games, such as the growth of the Pokemon, makes Pokemon Rumble a disappointing WiiWare.
  7. Players expecting a Pokémon gauntlet will be disappointed. Players expecting a good Pokémon game will also be disappointed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    My favorite game out of the PKMN franchise! All of the Pokemon, fierce or cute, are morphed into petite, adorable Pokemon wind up toys! After that, you battle different Pokemon at different stages, recruiting some as you go along. This was so fun to play! I really, really hope that the sequel would be as good! Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2011
    I have to give it a good score, because it's good. Have you noticed how almost all of the games and movies directed towards kids get bad reviews? That's because ADULTS are writing reviews for KID material, almost all of which does not apply to them or is beneath/behind them. Well, i'm a kid, and i can tell you that this game is awesome. The core gameplay is somewhat simple, and it gets a tiny bit repetitive, but this only helps the game along. At first it seems like the game will be really short. There are six "dungeons" plus a battle royale on each level, and there are four levels. However, within each dungeon, there are four floors, each with around one hundred pokemon on it. However, when you beat the fourth floor, there is also a boss pokemon. There are four levels, or ranks. C,B,A,S. When you beat S you unlock a new gamemode that is exactly the same stages only filed with Sinnoh pokemon as opposed to the prior Kanto. When you beat that, you unlock another gamemode. Figure the third one out when you get the game. $15 isn't very much, and whether this game is worth it or not, you won't really otice that you're $15 short. The controls are great, the graphics are wonderful, the game is fast with no lag, and there is no story. But the lack of a story just helps. basically, this game is fun to all pokemon fans, all fans of collecting, all fans of catching em all, all gauntlet fans, and all 100V1 fans. But that is the specific target audience. You could still like it even if you are not one of these things. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    Pokemon Rumble is a fun cheap game, that not everyone will like. Indeed it is repetitive, if you don't like hitting people, & nothing else, but isn't that the point of these types of games? The Pokemon look good, using models from my Pokemon ranch to save money. But the Pokemon are missing the shine texture, like they do in Rumble Blast, they just look, kinda awkward. When you kill Pokemon, you get a set 1, 10, or 100 money coin, depending on the level, & what the Pokemon is. When you kill a pokemon you have a chance of capturing it, but its random, so getting a pokemon that you really want, is really hard. You can also get pokemon by buying one from the store, which is ALSO random, you never know on what pokemon you'll get! Finally, you can ALSO get pokemon by sending of a certain array of pokemon, which just SUCKS! But to combat that, you can only hold a certain amount of pokemon. The moves you can buy are also random as well. So in short, everything random in this game sucks! There is only 2 generations of pokemon in this game: Gen.1, & gen, 4 or 5, i'm not a pokemon expert. To get all 3 legendarys, ie: Palkia & ect... you need to get certan pokemon, but the main one is Dragonite, the HARDEST pokemon to catch, and you need him for all 3, and to get mewtwo, you need to sell all 3 of the legendaries, so if you want to complete the "Pokedex" you need to catch dragonie 6 TIMES! Trust me, he is NOT easy to catch AT ALL! & to top it all off, when you see him as a boss, there is a SLIM chance you will catch him. But, if you like this game as much as me, you won't mind doing the same level over, & over, & over again, but the same 6 levels, yes SIX for EVERY rank, & EVERY difficulty for that rank will get repetitive, you you like to nitpick. Expand
  4. JamesM
    Nov 21, 2009
    Pokemon Rumble is a lot of fun. The levels tend to be a little on the short side and only the first and fourth generation Pokemon are in the game. I see a good side series for Pokemon coming out of this and I believe it is a good start. Expand
  5. JamieLand
    Dec 16, 2009
    Ok let me start out with the bad things. You can not evolve pokemon, you can not even level them. You only get two moves per character. The graphics(come on man I know it is only 15 bucks but you could have done better than that) The extreme lack of levels(again this is just lazyness). And last but not least the fact that it does not scale toughness correctly with number of people playing(with one person it is not to hard but with 4 you never die). All that considered it is not a bad game for 15 bucks(specially being a wii game). It is incredibly intuitive, a D-pad and 2 buttons. The different moves I am very pleased with especially taking into account the number of moves you have and the fact that they are very true to the game. Side note disable is actually pretty useful when half the people you fight only have one attack lol. Also they do have quite a few Pokemon to collect and it takes a lot of runs to just see them all so you can put some time in this game. Overall I found I could sit down with a couple friends and just have some fun being able to go thru the game and button mash the crap out of people. You can even have some strategy, for example I was playing with one of my friends and he would use disable and I would thundershock and hopefully paralyze them so they could not even run away (good times) Anyway over all this game is worth it and I would highly recommend trying the FREEEEE demo before you buy it, You will really get a feel for what the game is like. P.S. One more note of annoyance, I should not be able to double slap a Gastly, or easily kill a water pokemon with a fire move. I am really really hoping they come out with a second rumble where they fixed alot of these issues. This has the potential to be a really really fun game. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2011
    Pokemon Rumble is the second Pokemon spin-off released for WiiWare. The game-play of the game is a big change from previous games. The player control toy Pokemon as they battle other toy Pokemon in a series of linear dungeons and enclosed arenas. The game uses a Wii Remote held sideways. The player starts off with a low-level Pokemon with only one attack at their disposal. By battling wild Pokemon through a number of levels the player collects coins which can be used to buy new attacks or recruit more Pokemon. When the player obtains a high enough level Pokemon, the doors to the Battle Royale room open, where they take on dozens of Pokemon at a time in an enclosed arena. The player must defeat all of the Pokemon in order to rank up, eventually facing much stronger and even Legendary Pokemon. Although it is a nice change to see in a Pokemon game it is not enough to consider it a decent game. The graphics aren't well polished, the game-play is too repetitive and Ambrella was being lazy whilst developing the game. The game does a good enough job to give a decent amount of fun, but ultimately this wasn't one of the great Pokemon games. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2014
    Pokémon Rumble is an interesting experience, it looks like a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon but with more focus on action and... that's it. Pokémon Rumble is a very repetitive game. The game is simple: go to a stage, find a Pokémon with power level X and beat 'em up some other Pokémon. The game gets repetitive after a while, since the game re-uses the stages but replaces the enemies. The game is very easy, you can beat it in 1 hour. The game, however, it is fun with a friend or two, or three! Nintendo knows how to make fun games to everyone, but if you are going to play it alone then it gets boring really fast. Expand

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