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Super Pokemon Rumble review

You've gotta fight! For your right! To fight some more?

Super Pokemon Rumble review If you were to ask a young child what Pokemon are all about, they'd likely explain, in that often brutally reductive way of theirs, that they're monsters that fight each other.

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Ambrella's sequel to its 2009 WiiWare game Pokemon Rumble seems to have taken that idea to heart. Put simply, it's Pokemon with all that RPG stuff sliced out.

So gone are the hours of nurturing, dressing up, berry farming, potion buying and secret finding, replaced by virtually non-stop real-time Poke-fights. The action is viewed from above, and you control a single wind-up toy, bashing roaming rivals into oblivion with a limited two-attack moveset.

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Each stage sees you head down a linear pathway to a spring which catapults you to the next area. After a handful of these you'll face a larger toy, essentially the boss of that zone. Defeat it and you get the chance to repeat the process several dozen times over. Lucky you.

Clearing The 'Dex

But the franchise's catchphrase isn't "gotta smash 'em all", and so occasionally a defeated toy will remain on the battlefield rather than turning into a gigantic coin. Pick it up and you've a new recruit in your clockwork army, which you can switch in when your current toy is low on energy.

Fail to do so, and your supply of keys will deplete; lose three keys and you won't be able to wind up your Poke-toys.

Luckily, if you fail you'll still keep any new mini-monsters you picked up on the way, though given that there are 717 in total (including various forms of certain creatures), it'll take you weeks to nab the lot. Not least because Ambrella forces you to jump through hoops to get the rarest ones - we've captured five Reshirams but not a single Zekrom, and after 39 attempts at the 'horror' stage, we're beginning

to wonder if Giratina actually exists.

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Aside from the vastly expanded Pokedex, all this will be familiar to those who played the WiiWare game, but fortunately there's a little more to it than that. As well as the returning Battle Royales (a timed every-toy-for-itself arena scrap), the 3DS game has Team Battles, which give you two AI assistants to help you through a gauntlet of rooms against tougher enemies. Once you've whacked enough enemies you can stack the three in a kind of totem pole to increase the power of their attacks.

Then there are the Charge Battles, which see the strongest members of your monster squad sprint down a walkway, smashing aside other Pokemon as they go. Your job is simply to hammer the A-button and jiggle the Circle Pad to increase their power in what is, to all intents and purposes, a Quick-Time Event.

Once you've built up enough speed, you'll face a boss, and a single, well-timed tap of the A-button will send them flying - which looks

great if you've got the 3D Slider up. It's a neat end to what seems like an awfully basic extra. We can't see many people wanting to replay these sections.

Locked Up

Tying all this together is a story involving a malevolent key called Dark Rust which appears to be turning good Poketoys bad - which explains why they're all lining up to kick your face off. A small handful of friendly 'Mon live in hub areas where you can buy new moves or set up co-operative games - though both players will need to own the game to take advantage of this.

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  1. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 13:15

    I kinda like to get this,but with games like Mario Kart and Sonic to get I'm might leave it till after Christmas or wait till the price drops.

  2. zelda97 Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 13:38

    I shown an article about this to a friend and he siad it looks terible i disagree.

  3. Shmilly Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 14:58

    I played the WiiWare original, and it was actually great fun, and more addictive than you'd imagine. That said, it's hard to justify a full-price console release of essentially the same game plus another 500-odd monsters. If this plummets after the initial launch (as I expect it will) than this will be a great little title to pick up in a cheap second-hand games store somewhere.

  4. Dimpee Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 15:36

    i love pokemon, but this looks kinda crappy. ill wait for the next rpg.

  5. LaytonMario3 Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 16:09

    First Lautrec and now this... I was really looking forward to this, but sadly it's one to get at around Ł10-Ł15.

  6. ThePokekid78 Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 17:04

    It's one thing making a dodgy spin-off, but to do a remake of a repetitive, dodgy, WiiWare spin off? The mind boggles, Nintendo...

  7. Serebii Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 19:49

    It's one thing making a dodgy spin-off, but to do a remake of a repetitive, dodgy, WiiWare spin off? The mind boggles, Nintendo...


    It's not a remake. It's a sequel. Other than the concept, it is nothing like the WiiWare game. NOTHING AT ALL. Ergo, not a remake

    I played the WiiWare original, and it was actually great fun, and more addictive than you'd imagine. That said, it's hard to justify a full-price console release of essentially the same game plus another 500-odd monsters. If this plummets after the initial launch (as I expect it will) than this will be a great little title to pick up in a cheap second-hand games store somewhere.


    It's as much the same game as the WiiWare one as Super Mario 3D Land is the same game as Super Mario Galaxy. It's the same concept, similar gameplay but it's a completely different game

  8. ARWING64 Thursday 1st Dec 2011 at 21:48

    It kind of looks like a DS game

  9. hbalthamos Friday 2nd Dec 2011 at 16:33

    Completely disagree with some of these comments.
    I've been a die hard pokemon fan since I was 6-8. I'm 21 now and still get excited for every new Pokemon game coming out! Pokemon's more than just a video game for me, it's brought me up!
    There's been a few let downs here and there.. For one, no idea why they released a typing video game, or the mystery dungeon WII games. ( Not the GBA/DS ones, they are incredible! )
    I originally purchased Pokemon Rumble on the nintendo Wii and couldn't get off, this is easily one of the most addictive games you could possibly play. Wanting to collect every Pokemon, and then even getting SHINY versions of them, which gave it incredible replay.
    I picked up the 3DS one today and instantly fell back in love, it's so cute and quirky! I would personally say they removed the best feature ( The shiny pokemon ) Which gives that little bit of extra replay value down.. As you just would've tried getting diff coloured pokemon.
    For people who didn't play the Wii game, I could see why it looks a bit strange!
    The 3D Works incredibly, but again, I turned it off in about 2 minutes..
    Great game. Would recommend if found cheaper then its retail, or if you are a super die hard pokemon fan like I am, you need to catch em all again!

  10. ThePokekid78 Friday 2nd Dec 2011 at 17:26

    It's one thing making a dodgy spin-off, but to do a remake of a repetitive, dodgy, WiiWare spin off? The mind boggles, Nintendo...


    It's not a remake. It's a sequel. Other than the concept, it is nothing like the WiiWare game. NOTHING AT ALL. Ergo, not a remake

    I played the WiiWare original, and it was actually great fun, and more addictive than you'd imagine. That said, it's hard to justify a full-price console release of essentially the same game plus another 500-odd monsters. If this plummets after the initial launch (as I expect it will) than this will be a great little title to pick up in a cheap second-hand games store somewhere.


    It's as much the same game as the WiiWare one as Super Mario 3D Land is the same game as Super Mario Galaxy. It's the same concept, similar gameplay but it's a completely different game

    Sorry, my mistake, I meant sequel. I realised it was a sequel, just put the wrong word in! Still, doesn't look that good...
    N.B. Are you the Serebii? If so, I'm a massive fan!

  11. CraigEmberson Friday 2nd Dec 2011 at 17:29

    I shown an article about this to a friend and he siad it looks terible i disagree.


    I agree, Pokemon isn't designed to have the best graphics - especially Super Pokemon Rumble. I love Pokemon Rumble on WiiWare and am glad this sequel is not only on 3DS, but is a fully fledged game. I love collection games and smash games so I'm hoping to get this at some point.

  12. Smiles Friday 2nd Dec 2011 at 20:50

    Hopefully getting this for Christmas as I decided to buy mario kart 7 today instead

  13. 3DDCaptinJ Thursday 22nd Dec 2011 at 14:41

    Managed to get this yesterday at game for Ł20. Well worth it at that price, but wouldn't pay more than Ł25 for it personally.

  14. Mecha Ooccoo Wednesday 28th Dec 2011 at 15:44

    I feel you've been a bit harsh on this, it's great mindless fun and sometimes that's just what you want!

    And you say it's repetitive, then surely Tetris is also repetitive by that same logic, constantly placing blocks

    It's no classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still good

    I'd give it about 80%

  15. OracleOfPokemon Thursday 29th Dec 2011 at 21:39

    Completely disagree with some of these comments.
    I've been a die hard pokemon fan since I was 6-8. I'm 21 now and still get excited for every new Pokemon game coming out! Pokemon's more than just a video game for me, it's brought me up!
    There's been a few let downs here and there.. For one, no idea why they released a typing video game, or the mystery dungeon WII games. ( Not the GBA/DS ones, they are incredible! )
    I originally purchased Pokemon Rumble on the nintendo Wii and couldn't get off, this is easily one of the most addictive games you could possibly play. Wanting to collect every Pokemon, and then even getting SHINY versions of them, which gave it incredible replay.
    I picked up the 3DS one today and instantly fell back in love, it's so cute and quirky! I would personally say they removed the best feature ( The shiny pokemon ) Which gives that little bit of extra replay value down.. As you just would've tried getting diff coloured pokemon.
    For people who didn't play the Wii game, I could see why it looks a bit strange!
    The 3D Works incredibly, but again, I turned it off in about 2 minutes..
    Great game. Would recommend if found cheaper then its retail, or if you are a super die hard pokemon fan like I am, you need to catch em all again!

    Why do you care about the typing one and the Wii MDs? They never got released here!

    Anyway, I wish there were shiny Pokémon in SPR. I haven't found any, and Bulbapedia said that they were removed altogether, but a NPC said that "Sparkling Pokémon always tip over when you defeat them!" Just like in the shinies did in the original... Maybe it means wobbly Pokémon.

  16. GoldenSun Saturday 7th Jan 2012 at 13:10

    It's really hard to do but it is quite enjoyable, FINALLY, I now own an Eevee!!!

    Give this Game around 75%, it's not as bad as you think it is.

  17. TJHeath32 Saturday 7th Jan 2012 at 19:19

    I totally disagree on your score. It is one of the best spin offs I ever played. 85% at least!

  18. koopa_kicker Thursday 23rd Feb 2012 at 21:20

    I love Super Pokemon Rumble despite how simple the concept is. It just seems really fun to try find and get the best pokemon to smash evrything to oblivion, and it is not always the legendaries that are the best.
    I have a Mavelous pidove around 2400 with Flying boost+ and speedy with sky attack and pluck, that can take over half a bosses health (At world rank 8) when others do little in comparison.

    Ps. I was lucky enough to find and defeat a giratina today that has shadow force. FTW!

  19. SleepingBag1875 Friday 24th Feb 2012 at 23:31

    can i just say i absolutely LOVE pokemon and super pokemon rumble is probably my favourite pokemon game so far and i recomend it to anyone who has a 3ds and the 3d graphics are amazing.
    its quite hard to choose which 3ds game to get but super pokemon rumble is the ONE for me but then again it is my opinion so you dont have to agree with me.
    one other thing, my pokemon black team are totally unbeatable so if you want to battle me, battle me if you dare.
    my name is matrod then you will meet me then you will be demolished.

    DO I HAVE TO REPEAT MYSELF, SUPER POKEMON RUMBLE IS AMAZING!!!!!!

    oh the last thing is legend of zelda ocarina of time's graphics are absolute S**T

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