|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Epics||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 26, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to your little creatures fighting opponents in the game, you can also go online to find opponents. However, since you don't control any facet of the battle system, the online component is really boring and quite forgettable. There's also the issue that there is almost never anyone on, and finding a match (if you can actually call it that) is close to impossible.
The only real value I got from the gameplay came in the form of collecting the different Digimon. Although catching them isn't exactly difficult, it's always nice to catch new and interesting Digimon. However, if you catch too many, your training modules will fill up, and you won't be able to take care of them all. But, as long as you can catch Digimon responsibly, there actually is the possibility of fun here, which is something that is seen too little in this title.
As far as technicalities go, Digimon World Championship actually gets a lot of things right. Visuals feature 2D-based sprites that are both colorful and cute. The sound in this game is cute delightful as well. While it is nothing you would want to listen to over and over, it's not bad as far as handheld gaming scores go, and I was really surprised at the overall quality.
It is really easy to criticize poor games for things like poor visuals and controls, but it becomes something else entirely to criticize a game for being something else. Digimon: World Championship feels a lot like the little handheld virtual pets that inspired it. While this is great for a trip down memory lane, it just doesn't work as a standalone game. Digimon World Championship just isn't fun, because after you're done cleaning up all the poo and watching your little Digimon fight, you start wondering why you ever picked this game up in the first place. So, do yourself a favor and leave it on the shelf. If you really need a Digimon fix, I would stick to your old virtual pet from the 90s.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor