With this, the first Pokémon game for the Wii, the last remaining member of Nintendo's holy quartet of heavy hitting franchises has finally reached the hand-waggling wonder and ooh, just in time for Christmas as well. Mmm, convenient. However, while Zelda, Mario and Metroid all gave fans many good reasons to be happy, Pikachu and pals can only offer what amounts to a prolonged and expensive advertisement for the DS rather than a Wii game in its own right.
The concept is much as it has been ever since Pokémon Stadium debuted on the N64 back in 2000, focusing on glitzy 3D Pokémon battles rather than the adventuring and collecting of the main series. At least the previous console versions had the good grace to include other things to do beyond endless turn-based fighting, such as mini-games, RPG modes and other assorted diversions. Despite the title, Battle Revolution has none of that and so, remarkably, boasts less features than its direct ancestor from the console generation before last. Instead you get a bunch of Coliseums, set in the vaguely defined resort of Poketopia, and you must plough through tournaments in each and beat the resident Pokémon master. That's it.
Things start with a rather baffling tutorial which teaches you how to use the Wiimote to select things on screen. Seriously. I know that Pokémon has a large kid audience, but if they can grasp the intricacies of the trading card game I'm pretty sure they know how to point at stuff. You're then introduced to Poketopia thanks to Anna, a perky receptionist, who can painstakingly explain absolutely everything about the game in stultifying long-winded text descriptions. But before anything else, she has a very important question for you: do you have a Nintendo DS?