Pokemon Battle Revolution review

  • Fantastic looking Pokemon and attacks
  • Excellent goodies for Diamond/Pearl
  • Potentially challenging online play
  • Stock Pokemon are laughable
  • Fortune Battles are annoyingly stupid
  • Online options are lacking

There are several rewards for repeatedly going through the relatively unchallenging battles in this game. You'll be able to download a special version of Pikachu to your Diamond/Pearl cartridge after you beat the game for the first time. This Pikachu knows two moves that it can't learn under normal circumstances (Surf and Volt Tackle) and holds the excellent Light Ball accessory.

As you progress, you'll also earn new backgrounds for your trainer IDs and currency called Poke Coupons. These can be used be used to buy new clothing for your avatar and to purchase additional items that can be downloaded to the DS game. This is another case of the game being far more appealing to hardcore Diamond/Pearl players. Buying new clothes isn't a big deal at all, but purchasing additional attacks, berries, evolution items, and more can be very useful to ardent Diamond/Pearl gamers.

The only aspect of this game that can be considered revolutionary is its online play. Similar to Diamond/Pearl, this is the first game in the Stadium/Colosseum series that can be played online. You can battle random players with all your Pokemon set to level 50 or challenge your friends (through Nintendo's dreadful Friend Code system) with a slightly wider set of rules. This is, by far, the most fun we had in the game. While so much of it depends on who you play, the 30+ battles we played online were much more challenging and enjoyable than competing against the dopey AI in the offline game. Having said all that, we would have liked to have seen more options in online play - rankings, matching up skill levels, voice chat, etc. are fairly common online offerings found in other games.

More Info

Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Role Playing
Franchise: Pokemon
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending




  • shawksta - January 14, 2013 1:20 a.m.

    I loved Battle revolution for its 3D performance and the fact that its basically Online battles and randomly while Diamond and Pearl were stuck with friends only till Black and White 2 It has potential and i really wish they can really give it real content to make it its own real game in the future
  • eagle eye - December 12, 2011 7:01 a.m.

  • RedChaos765 - April 18, 2010 11:15 a.m.

    When I got the game I expected it to be awesome, but it just can't compete with Pokemon Stadium 2 for N64. Even the rental pokemon from Stadium 2 could obliderate the rentals in PBR. Now I only use it to watch my Arceus own everything in 3D. They could at least leave the adventure in so it could compete with Stadium 2.
  • Thegoldshine - November 11, 2008 1:31 a.m.

    I totally agree.
  • Thegoldshine - November 11, 2008 1:37 a.m.

    I think I will get it though. I have spend more than 110hours on my game(that may not seem like a lot for hardcore gamers of PokeD&P) but for me, that is a lot of hard spend time. I have decently groomed pokemon, which know pretty good moves. (Although that IV and EV stuff is too hard for me to grasp.) One of my accomplishments that I am proud of is that in Pokemon Diamond I caught Dialga with a Ultra Ball(No Lie-NO Action Replay). Ok well thanks. ~Thegoldshine~
  • purpleshirt - May 19, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    is 686 hours enough?
  • behx2011 - February 2, 2009 6:07 a.m.

    well i reeeeeeally wished i had read this review before i ended up spending 50 dollars on it! now i just feel quite dumb. i don't own a DS so i pretty much just wasted my money....i thought i would be like Pokemon Colleseum or the other game that was for the gamecube that was pokemon i really wished they wouldn't have gotten rid of the adventure like the other two really pisssed off about this

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