Michael Blaker’s Retro Game Friday: Pokemon Battle Revolution

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, this time for Retro Game Friday I’m back with another spiritual successor to the Pokemon Stadium games. It’s Pokemon Battle Revolution.

Gameplay: This is almost purely a Pokemon battle simulator, and while it could be used without a Nintendo DS, it really encouraged players to link up their portable systems playing Pokemon Pearl and Diamond with their Wii in order to both control their characters and use their game’s various Pokemon on the TV.

There were some incentives to do this, with access to very rare and impossible to get without cheating Pokemon being available for those who didn’t already have one by winning in the various battles against computer opponents in Battle Revolution. There is no story though.

Art: The art isn’t great, being on the Wii, but it’s not aged as poorly as older games from the GameCube or N64 days. The one thing of note about Battle Revolution and why it’s still noteworthy even to this day is the fact that it had custom animations for almost every Pokemon using various moves. Even the mainstream titles like Scarlet and Violet haven’t replicated that feat, though the reasons why are understandable given it has experienced 5 new generations of Pokemon since this game was released.

Music: Pure Pokemon, nothing more needs to be said.

Overall: This is purely a battle simulator meant to take your Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl onto the TV screen. The rest are just kind of bonuses. Not really a must play for fans of the series, as it has no plot.

For those who like: Pokemon, RPGs, and Playing on Larger Screens than the Handhelds.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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