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

The other multiplayer option lets you and up to three friends duke it out on your television while controlling your Pokemon with your DS. This feature is more necessary than neat - battling would be pretty stupid if you could see what moves your opponent was selecting.

Viewing Pokemon Battle Revolution as its own game is a mistake. It only offers a few days worth of play on its own and isn't much fun at all to newcomers. The game is at its best when used as an accessory, albeit an expensive one, to Diamond/Pearl. Earning items in PBR and transferring them to your DS, properly training your Diamond/Pearl Pokemon and testing their mettle online in PBR -- these are the two areas where the game excels. Even though millions of people have purchased Diamond/Pearl, not all of them will be able to get the most out of PBR. We can't recommend this game for most players, but if you've sunk dozens or hundreds of hours into Diamond/Pearl and have your Wii connected to the Internet then it's a good, not great, complementary purchase.

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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