Pokémon Rumble is a brilliant multiplayer Pokémon experience coming soon on WiiWare. Of course you can play alone, but the great thing is that up to four players can take part in a brawl, and the clever thing is that you can use both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as controllers so you don’t need four expensive Wii Remotes to play!
It seems that you get to play as toy Pokémon action figures in the game, with them being wound up at the start of the game with a giant key! You can leap and bound around each stage with two special moves in your arsenal, and defeating the wild Pokémon in the game will earn you some cash. This can then be spent on new special moves so that you can improve your skill levels as you progress – there are hundreds of moves in the game. You work your way through the game in this way until you come to a boss encounter where some particularly giant Pokémon will face up to you and probably give you a good kicking!
Once you have defeated a wild Pokémon in battle it will then follow you, allowing you to use it in battle next time around – you can even make boss Pokémon join your team if you are particularly impressive in the boss battle. There is also a password system, similar to that in the Mystery Dungeon games, that will release new Pokémon into the game, and hopefully they will join your team!
If you turn out to be a particularly good Pokémon battler, and manage to get lots of Pokémon to follow you, then you will gain access to the Battle Royale mode. This is basically a massive fight with lots of Pokémon duking it out at once. The winner? Well, the last Pokémon standing of course, so you had better make sure you have mastered the special moves before you venture into the Battle Royale!
With six stages – Quiet Forest, Cold Meadow, Gravel Cave, Fiery Furnace, Shiny Beach and Tower of Eternity – and eight difficulty levels, there’s plenty of Pokémon action here to keep you battling your mates for a long time. The only way you’ll be able to play Pokémon Rumble is through downloading it to your Wii. Over in Japan the game cost 1,500 Wii Points, so we’re expecting a similar price in the UK too. No release date just yet – watch this space!