Pokemon Battle Revolution (Wii)

 

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Pokemon Battle Revolution
ポケモンバトルレボリューション
Pokemon Battle Revolution Box
General information
 Platform  Wii
 Developed by  Genius Sonority
 Published by  Nintendo
 Players
 Single Player, Multiplayer
 Generation  Generation IV
 Release dates
  Australia  November 22nd, 2007
  Europe  December 7th, 2007
  Japan  December 14th, 2006
  United States  June 25th, 2007
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Pokemon Battle Revolution title screenThe first Pokémon game to be released on Nintendo Wii. Pokémon Battle Revolution can be linked to Nintendo DS fourth generation Pokémon games like Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, allowing the player to transfer their Pokémon in between the games and unlocking fun features, such as online Pokémon battles against friends or strangers, and turning the Nintendo DS into a controller, that can be used to navigate through the game.

Pokémon Battle Revolution can be seen as a sequel for the Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness series, as its gameplay highly resembles theirs. In fact, the game takes place in the Pokémon CIty Pokétopia, where the player can participate in different Colosseums and Stadiums, each with its rules and features.

The Pokémon in it, are also portrayed the same way as the mentioned Pokémon series, as they come in marvelous 3D models and with a wide variety of animations. What's different about Pokémon Battle Revolution, is that it doesn't have any specific story nor does it offer the Mini Games feature its predecessors had. The Pokémon's animations are also way better, since the animation for each skill or move can vary from a Pokémon to another.

Additionally, both the attacking and defending Pokémon can be seen simultaneously within some attack animations, instead of cut scenes of the attacker's animation alone, followed by the attacked Pokémon animation. The game also excels on the sound level, featuring a wide range of music and the famous announcer from the previous games, but now with a wider variety of more interesting comments. Furthermore, Pokémon Battle Revolution allows the player to customize their character, enabling them to choose the character gender at the start of the game, than customizing their looks later on, by buying different characters items from the game's shop.

Official Description

BRING YOUR BATTLE TO THE BIG SCREEN!
Grab a Battle Pass, customise your Trainer and battle your way to the rank of Pokétopia Master! Or, battle against up to three friends with Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl using your Nintendo DS system as a controller!

Pokémon

All the Pokémon, up to the fourth generation, are featured within the game (493 in total) and can be transferred to both Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. The players starts out with average Pokémon, and as they progresses through the game, stronger Pokémon get unlocked.

Starter Pokémon: At the start of the game, the player gets to choose either to play as a male or a female character. Each of the two characters has a different starter Pokémon team:

Player

Pokémon in the Starter Team

Male

Prinplup
Prinplup
Monferno
Monferno
Grotle
Grotle
Gabite
Gabite
Staravia
Starvia
Luxio
Luxio

Female

Wartortle
Wartortle
Charmeleon
Charmeleon
Ivysaur
Ivysaur
Dragonair
Dragonair
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn

Bonus Special Pokémon: Three bonus Pokémon can be unlocked and transferred to the fourth generation games: A special Pikachu with the move surf can be unlocked after beating Pokétopia Master Mysterial for the first time. The other two are Electrive and Magmortar. Check out the codes on how to unlock them in the tables below:-

Electivire
Electivire
: Entering the following codes in the profile menu's Self-Introduction option, unlocks Electivire:

Game Region

Code

UK TKO3-9JWP-34KL
France JK4I-DF87-DSF9
Italy T4OI-6J8D-SB5R
Germany 0F9-UD0G-UGHJ
Spain 04IN-1YNJ-24FV
US BA16-X4SH-E2AT

Magmortar
Magmortar
: Entering the following codes in Self-Introduction, in the Option Menu, unlocks Magmotar:
Game Region Code
UK JL49-05KN-ODNV
France 13IO-H4RF-1TPA
Italy 97EA-78HL-JRGU
Germany KRE9-EF90-5HGN
Spain KN34-Q0UC-1MBX
US B416-X4HT-VTWF


Colosseums

There are 11 Colosseums that can be battled in two difficulties (level 30 and level 50), with one of them available only in the online mode. Each Colosseum has a specific battle theme and set of rules. The Colosseum have six Colosseum Leaders and four Colosseum Masters. The Colosseum Leaders wear Pokémon Costumes. The Colosseums are as follows :

     + Gateway Colosseum: It's the bright Colosseum at Pokétopia's entrance, shining with bright lights and led my the Pokémon Master Joe. Its battles are mainly done at night and its theme is "Rental Battle". The player has to use one of the rental passes to participate, either the Blue Rental Pass or the Red Rental Pass. More Rental Passes will be unlocked as the game progresses. Any Rental Pass used to win Gateway Colosseum will be automatically unlocked in the other Colosseums. Upon finishing the game and beating the Stargazer Colosseum, "Trade Battl" becomes Gateway Colosseum's new theme. The player would still have to use a Rental Pass, but they can now trade Pokémon with the trainers they've beaten. Only the Pokémon that were used in the battles could be traded. Beating the Gateway Colosseum's level 30 unlocks the bronze badge, and beating its level 50 unlocks 37 new shop items.

     + Main Street Colosseum: A Colosseum that's located in the middle of Pokétopia's main street and led by the Colosseum Leader Taylor (Wearing a Pachirisu costume, that can be obtained upon beating her). The battles are mainly done in day time and follow the theme "Knockout Battles". The theme doesn't actually force any restriction or rules on the player as it's the standard battle theme, where the player has to simply defeat the opponent's Pokémon. Beating Main Street Colosseum's level 30 unlocks the Pikachu Badge and beating its level 50 unlocks 24 new shop items.

     + Waterfall Colosseum: A Colosseum surrounded by the sea and mountains and led by Marina (Wearing a Kyogre costume that can be obtained after beating her). Its theme is "Team Battle" where the player has to choose 5 Pokémon to use for battle. The player will face the opponent in 1 versus 1 Pokémon battles, where Pokémon can only battle once, against each trainer, and they can't be switched. If the player's Pokémon wins the battle it gets a star. The first to get 3 stars wins the match. Beating Waterfall Colosseum's level 30 unlocks the Neon Colosseum and the Crystal Colosseum, along with 10 new shop items and 2 Gateway Colosseum's Rental Passes. Beating its level 50 unlocks 23 new shop items.

Gateway Colosseum Main Street Colosseum Waterfall Colosseum
Gateway Colosseum (left), Main Street Colosseum (centre) and Waterfall Colosseum (right).


     + Neon Colosseum: A Colosseum built on a balcony in a skyscraper, decorated with many neon lights and led by the Colosseum Leader Rosie (Wearing a Roserade costume that will get unlocked upon her defeat). The Colosseum follows a unique set of rules within its theme "Fortune Battles". Both the player's and the opponent's Pokéballs are put into a special roulette called the Pokémon Wheel. They are then given 4 empty Pokéballs. Shortly after that, the roulette is spun, and each one of them has to consequently through a Pokéball into the roulette, until the 4 Pokéballs are thrown. Whatever Pokémon is hit by the Pokéball must be used by the thrower, thus, allowing the player to use his opponents Pokémon and vice versa. It is not advised to use custom strong Pokémon imported from Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl, as they can end up in the opponent's team. Beating the Neon Colosseum's level 30 unlocks a pair of Pikachu Gloves and 46 new shop items. Beating its level 50 unlocks 24 new shop items.

     + Crystal Colosseum: An undeground Colosseum lit by shiny crystal and led by the Colosseum Leader Voldon (Wearing an Elektivire outfit that can be obtained after successfully beating him). This Colosseum's battle theme is "Tournament Battle", putting 16 trainers against each others in an elimination tournament, where the winner gets to face the Colosseum Leader. Beating the Crystal Colosseum's level 30 will unlock a Pikachu Bag and 9 new shop items. Beating its level 50 will unlock 23 shop items.

     + Sunny Park Colosseum: A Colosseum located on a grassy field near a Ferris Wheel and led by the Colosseum Master Sashay. The Crystal Colosseum theme is "Knockout Battles", where the player has to conduct 7 matches with the standard rules. After completing the game, its theme gets changed to "Little Battles", where only Pokémon below level 5 can be used.

Neon Colosseum Crystal Colosseum Sunny Park Colosseum
Neon Colosseum (left), Crystal Colosseum (centre) and Sunny Park Colosseum (right).

     + Magma Colosseum: A Colosseum built inside a volcano, and led by the Colosseum Leader Terrell. The Magma Colosseum follows the "League Battles" theme where the player with most points gets to face the Colosseum Leader. Point are earned depending on the number of Pokémon remaining conscious, in the player's team after each match. 5 Matches are conducted and then the winner is picked, to face Terrel.

     + Sunset Colosseum: A Colosseum surrounded by sea and rocky structures, and is led by Colosseum Leader Dusty (Wearing a Lucario outfit that will be earned after his defeat). The Colosseum's theme is "Select Battles", where both players can't use their own Pokémon, but instead will pick a team from a list of 12 suggested Pokémon. Both players can have similar Pokémon, and even identical teams.

     + Courtyard Colosseum: A Colosseum located within a haunted castle and led by the Colosseum Master Kruger. It follows the "Knockout Battles" theme and the winner of the battles gets to face Kruger. Upon completing the game, the Courtyard Colosseum's theme becomes "Survival Battles", where the player can do up to 100 battle in a ladder like mode. Winning a battle will advance the player to the next, while losing one will make them start all over.

Magma Colosseum Sunset Colosseum Courtyard Colosseum
Magma Colosseum (left), Sunset Colosseum (centre) and Courtyard Colosseum (right).

     + Stargazer Colosseum: The final Colosseum in the game and probably the hardest one to beat. It is built on a Meteor like structure surrounded by televisions projecting outer space images and stars. Its theme is "Pokétopia Championship" where battles are conducted against the Colosseum Leaders. Beating them will allow the player to face Pokémon Master Mysterial. Defeating Mysterial will unlock the "Masters Battle" where the player has to face the Colosseum Masters then the Colosseum Master Mysterial. Defeating them will re-unlock them in a harder difficulty of sets.

     + Lagoon Colosseum: A unique Colosseum located in a Lagoon, on a small island. It that can only be accessed in multiplayer modes, either through the Nintendo Wii's Wi-Fi battles or the DS link battles.

Stargazer Colosseum Lagoon Colosseum
Stargazer Colosseum (left) and Lagoon Colosseum (right).


Online Functionality

As mentioned earlier, Pokémon Battle Revolution is the first home console game with online access. When a player logs in, they can choose either to battle random people or friends online. When the battle starts, the player's Pokémon's custom names get reset to the default names and all quotes they added also will be reset to default. Once the match is over the player can exchange trainer ids with their opponent. If both accept they'll add each others to their friend lists. When battling a friend online, custom rules can be picked, making the matches whether more complicated or way simpler. Sadly, the online functionality is no longer available as the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection was shut down in 2014.

Shop

Beating Colosseums and progressing throughout the game, earns the player Poké Coupons, the game's currency used to purchase various stuff at the Shop. The shop offers :
  • Character Customization Gear: They are mainly stuff that changes the character appearance as Shirts, Pants, Shoes, Hats, Glasses, Gloves, Bags, Badges, Face Paints, Hair Colors and Eye Colors.
  • Mystery Gifts: They are mainly items that can be sent to the Pokémon Diamond and the Pokémon Pearl games as Mystery Gifts. These items range from Berries to TMs, check out the lists below which also show how to unlock each item:

Berries

Berry Name

Unlock Condition

Liechi Berry Liechi Berry Finish the Set 4 of Masters Battle
Enigma Berry Enigma Berry Finish the Set 8 of Masters Battle
Lansat Berry Lansat Berry Defeat 50 enemy in Survival Battle
Starf Berry Starf Berry Defeat 100 enemy in Survival Battle
Salac Berry Salac Berry Finish the Stargazer Colosseum
Ganlon Berry Ganlon Berry Finish the Stargazer Colosseum
Apricot Berry Apricot Berry Finish the Stargazer Colosseum
Petaya Berry Petaya Berry Finish the Stargazer Colosseum

Items that can be Held by Pokémon (Some are necessary for Pokémon Evolution)

Items

Unlock Condition

Quick Claw Quick Claw None
Choice Specs Choice Specs None
Leftovers Leftovers None
Kings Rock King's Rock None
Light Clay Light Clay None
Dawn Stone Dawn Stone None
Dusk Stone Dusk Stone None
Shiny Stone Shiny Stone None
Wise Glasses Wise Glasses Watch all battle tutorials
Dubious Disc Dubious Disc Finish Little Battles theme
Reaper Cloth Reaper Cloth Finish Little Battles theme
Protector Protector Finish Little Battles theme
Up Grade Up-Grade Beat the Sunny Park Colosseum
Iron Ball Iron Ball Beat the Sunny Park Colosseum
DeepSeaScale Deep Sea Scale (scale) Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
DeepSeaScale Tooth Deep Sea Scale (tooth) Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
Expert Belt Expert Belt Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
Soul Dew Soul Dew Finish the first Set of Masters Battle

Technical Machines (TMs)

TM Number

TM Name

Unlock Condition

TM02 Dragon Claw 02 Dragon Claw Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
TM05 Roar 05 Roar None
TM12 Taunt 12 Taunt None
TM13 Ice Beam 13 Ice Beam Beat the Courtyard Colosseum
TM24 Thunderbolt 24 Thunderbolt Beat the Courtyard Colosseum
TM26 Earthquake 26 Earthquake Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
TM29 Psychic 29 Psychic Beat the Courtyard Colosseum
TM30 Shadow Ball 30 Shadow Ball Beat the Courtyard COlosseum
TM31 Brick Break 31 Brick Break Beat the Courtyard Colosseum
TM35 Flamethrower 35 Flamethrower Beat the Courtyard Colosseum
TM42 Facade 42 Facade Beat the Sunny Colosseum
TM48 Skill Swap 48 Skill Swap Beat the Sunny Colosseum
TM50 Overheat 50 Overheat Finish the first Set of Masters Battle
TM56 Fling 56 Fling None
TM59 Dragon Pulse 59 Dragon Pulse Finish the Little Battle Theme
TM71 Stone Edge 71 Stone Edge Finish the Little Battle Theme
TM78 Captivate 78 Captivate None
TM79 Dark Pulse 79 Dark Pulse Finish the Little Battle Theme
TM81 X Scissor 81 X-Scissor Finish the Little Battle Theme
TM84 Poison Jab 84 Poison Jab Beat the Sunny Park Colosseum
TM87 Swagger 87 Swagger None
TM88 Pluck 88 Pluck None
TM92 Trick Room 92 Trick Room Finish the first Set of Masters Battle

Special Pokémon: The special Pokémon unlocked can be bought here as gifts:

Gift Name

Pokémon it contains

Secret Gift Pikachu
Pikachu
Shocking Secret Gift Electivire
Electivire
Heated Secret Gift Magmortar
Magmortar


Videos & Media

Check out these Pokemon Battle Revolution videos including the games intro, official trailers, tv commercials and more.

Japanese TV Commercial

Unused / Beta version of the Title Screen theme

The Official Trailer

The Intro / Opening Video

Trivia & Facts

  • Pokémon Battle Revolution is the first game to make use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, on Wii.
  • All the starter Pokémon in the Starter teams are evolved except for Rhyhorn.
  • Pidgeot is the only Starter Pokémon in the Starter teams to be a third evolution.
  • Arceus' name is mispronounced by the announcer as "Ar-See-Us" instead of "Ar-Key-Us".

Sales figures

The game was pretty successful when it came to sales, as it managed to sell an overall of 1.59 million copies.

 

Review scores

Pokémon Battle Revolution was a great successor for Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness with the outstanding graphics and animation it provided, but, the lack of story and the repetitive gameplay affected its reviews. As a result, the game received average scores on major review websites. Let's take a look at those scores:DialgaDialga, one of the cover mons of Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Bozon from IGN was impressed by the graphics and the new animations but thought that the online mode lacked a lot of depth. He rated the game 5/10, which equates to "Mediocre"
  • Ryan Davis from GameSpot enjoyed the graphics Pokémon Battle Revolution offered and how versatile were the animations, but was bored by the repetitive battle gameplay stating " The thing about Pokemon Battle Revolution is that, without any greater context of a grand adventure, Pokemon fights are kind of boring.". He scored the game 5.5/10, the equivalent of "Mediocre" on their scale.
  • On GameRankings too, Pokémon Battle Revolution scored an average score of 53.19%.

Media & Artwork

Official Artwork from Pokemon Battle Revolution - An Artwork Gallery featuring some Pokemon from the game
Box Art from Pokemon Battle Revolution including several different regional variations
Screenshots from Pokemon Battle Revolution

 

 

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