Pokémon Rumble U Review
Pokémon Rumble U Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Ambrella
Pub: Nintendo
Release: August 29, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence

Playing with friends is the ideal way to get enjoyment out of Pokémon Rumble U. Additional players make any match a breeze; plus, after you defeat the boss and the battlefield becomes littered with with coins, it's every player for themselves as everyone rushes to grab the loot. The match is then tallied on a scoreboard, with extra points awarded for things like getting the last hit on the boss, defeating the most enemies, being hit the least, and other bonuses.

Pokémon Rumble U Screenshot

Pokémon Rumble U is the first game in the entire franchise displayed in HD, and the result is rather… disappointing. Yes, the color spectrum is full of vibrant hues, the animations are eye-popping and, for the most part, lag-free, and all the Pokémon toys have a glossy plastic coating, but the detailing is where the game falls short. Because of the manufactured finish of each Pokémon, there are no fur, scales, feathers, or other skin textures, nor do the Pokémon have fluid movements. And the arenas look like pop-up books with cardboard cutouts depicting three-dimensional objects.

The music also falls a little short. It's nice that each Pokémon is given its signature call, but the entire audio feels decades old, full of synthesized tracks and scratchy sound effects.

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Putting Pokémon Rumble U in the eShop rather than on retail shelves was a smart move for Nintendo, allowing the game to be bought for a significantly reduced price. That being said, you still won't feel like you're getting a good value for your purchase. If you have regular gaming buddies and drop some extra cash for figurines, then you may have spurts of fun, but any other scenario will have you moving on from this sadly lacking experience very quickly. It's a shame because so much could have been done to make Pokémon Rumble U a really good game, but unfortunately, this mannequin was left naked.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: September 3, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
There are plenty of colors to be happy about, but the lack of details makes this first HD Pokémon a weak herald.
3.0
Control
Moving and attacking are about as simple as they come. Anybody can play this game, and anyone can tire of the simplicity as well.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Everything sounds like Pokémon, just Pokémon from over a decade ago.
2.5
Play Value
You can collect all the Pokémon ever created and battle with them; it's just nowhere near as fun as it could have been.
2.7
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • In Pokémon Rumble U, you'll be able to experience amazingly vivid battles packed with many Pokémon on the Wii U. You may find yourself in a battle with up to 100 Pokémon at a time! Battle your way through the enemies surrounding you and experience an epic adventure!
  • Pokémon Rumble U will feature all of the 649 Pokémon that have been discovered. This includes every Pokémon since the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue through the latest games in the series, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2!
  • In Pokémon Rumble U, the more Toy Pokémon that you defeat, the more Toy Pokémon you can have on your side. When you find a Toy Pokémon that you like, you may be able to bring it over to your side and use it in your next battle!
  • You can enjoy multiplayer battles with up to four players in Pokémon Rumble U. Work together with friends or family to take on the most powerful enemies, or compete to see who can defeat the most Toy Pokémon in one go.

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