Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic 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. Fans of Gauntlet-like games may think that the price of 1500 Nintendo Points is worth the game, but others will probably feel like they have been deceived.
  5. 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.
  6. Gauntlet with Pokemon is at least something different, but it's too repetitive and shallow to really work.
  7. 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.
  8. What it didn't factor into the design is that kleptomaniacs rarely bother collecting items without emotional gravitas, and this oversight becomes immediately obvious when you compare Rumble to its source material. [Jan 2010, p.98]
  9. Players expecting a Pokémon gauntlet will be disappointed. Players expecting a good Pokémon game will also be disappointed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  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! Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »