Pokemon Battle Revolution

Pokémon Battle Revolution

Pokémon Battle Revolution

First against the wall.

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?

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Wii: 2007's Most Wanted

Something for the Wii-kend?

Of all Nintendo's various achievements, surely its most consistent is in simultaneously pissing off and delighting its faithful European customers. For twenty-five years the company has wowed us with innovative technology and wonderfully robust and inventive games, filling reservoirs of consumer goodwill in a way few other multinationals manage. In tension with this, interminable localisation delays, sloppy, bordered conversions and,- most heart-breakingly - an ever-slim line-up of releases has made it clear that Europe is literally the least of the Japanese company's global concerns.

GDC: Pokémon Wii announced

GDC: Pokémon Wii announced

First game to use Wi-Fi.

Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Battle Revolution will be the first Wii title to make use of Wi-Fi connectivity when it's released across the U.S. on 25th June.

Speaking at GDC, the publisher revealed you'll be able to wirelessly connect your DS to the console to use as a controller, or to import characters from the handheld Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl games.

All the usual monster-battling mayhem is expected as this new game adds a fresh chapter to the 155 million unit-selling franchise.

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